Reusser Leads SD Worx-Protime to Victory at Setmana Ciclista Valenciana

Written by: Niels Goudriaan
Posted 2 months ago

The Setmana Ciclista Valenciana concluded with Marlen Reusser of Team SD Worx-Protime claiming the overall victory, a testament to her outstanding performance and resilience throughout the race. Held in the picturesque yet challenging terrains of the Valencia region showcasing the best of women’s professional cycling.

From the get-go, Team SD Worx-Protime set a high bar with Marlen Reusser and Niamh Fisher-Black capturing two stage wins, a clear indicator of the team’s strength and preparedness. The New Zealander Fisher-Black, who claimed the queen stage, securing third place overall, highlighting the team’s dominance. “This race was a prime example of teamwork. I am super happy with this,” Reusser shared, reflecting on the collective effort that propelled them to victory.

Reusser’s journey to the top of the classification was marked by consistency and a deep understanding of the race’s demands. “My form is very good,” Reusser remarked, emphasizing the importance of versatility and power in conquering the race’s varied challenges, from ‘flat’ terrains to steep climbs. Her victory is not just a personal triumph but a milestone for the team, especially as it bolstered Fisher-Black’s confidence. “This was fantastic teamwork, from the best I’ve experienced,” Reusser added, acknowledging the collective spirit that underpinned their success.

This was fantastic teamwork, from the best I've experienced

While SD Worx-Protime reveled in their triumph, CANYON//SRAM Racing also left a significant mark on the race. Kasia Niewiadoma made an impressive 2024 season debut, securing second place in the general classification, with Elise Chabbey finishing seventh overall. Their performances, coupled with winning the team classification, underscored a blend of experience and emerging talent. Despite the fierce competition, Niewiadoma’s pursuit of the top step on the podium was a narrative of resilience and strategic racing, albeit falling short by a mere eight seconds to Reusser.

Elisa Balsamo of Lidl-Trek emerged victorious in the final stage, showcasing her sprinting prowess amid a day of aggressive racing. This victory, following her earlier sprint win, added a thrilling close to the race. Meanwhile, the narrative of teamwork and individual effort unfolded across the teams, with riders like Nastya Kolesava celebrating the collaborative spirit that defines cycling’s core.

The Setmana Ciclista Valenciana was more than just a race; it was a showcase of cycling’s evolving dynamics, where strategy, teamwork, and individual brilliance come together to create memorable moments. As the riders move forward, the lessons and experiences from Valencia will undoubtedly shape their approach to the upcoming classics and beyond. With the spring classics on the horizon, the cycling community eagerly awaits what these talented athletes will achieve next, as they continue to push the boundaries of the sport.

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