What a way to open a season!
Jørgensen took the win at her first race of the season: the opening stage of Setmana Ciclista Valenciana, proving her sprinting skills as the peloton charged into Cullera.
The stage led the riders over 107km starting in Gandia to be concluded in a bunch sprint. The final few kilometres provided for some hectic racing, and there was a crash with 4km leading into the finish. However, Emma and her teammates were able to navigate their way around this safely, to go on to contest the bunch gallop in Gandia. After a superb lead-out, our Danish sprinter proved that she is well and truly back after a period away from racing due to injury last year, as she crossed the line in first place. Team Bigla-KATUSHA also won the prize for the best team on today’s opening stage.
After the stage, she concluded: “My team supported me really well the whole day, and it was very encouraging that they had faith in me to get a good result. It was also important that we knew that the finale was difficult, with some tricky corners and a dangerous downhill section, so we knew we had to be careful there. Thanks very much to my teammates, who protected me heading into the finale, and then did a perfect lead-out. I’m happy that I was able to reward all their hard work with the win today.”
Emma will start stage two in the leader's jersey tomorrow.
We couldn't be more excited to see our women's team start the season this way, and can't wait to see what's next.
Photo c. Yolanda Alvarez