Ceratizit Challenge last race for Van Vleuten at Mitchelton-Scott: “I’m going to cry”
Wednesday, November 4, 2020 at 8:24 PM
Annemiek van Vleuten will ride her last race for Mitchelton-Scott in Spain this week. After five years, she is leaving the Australian team for a new adventure at Movistar. During the Ceratizit Challenge (formerly Madrid Challenge) she wants to end that period with a high point.
“I look forward to ending this season with a highlight with the team,” Van Vleuten said via the team. “Not so much with results, but mainly by working together as a team and going for something together. Through teamwork I want to end my five years with the team with a highlight. ”
The Ceratizit Challenge consists of three stages. On Friday the route runs for 82 kilometers from Toledo to Escalona, where the line is after a climb of 800 meters. On Saturday a time trial is planned over 9.3 kilometers with start and finish in Boadilla del Monte. The stage race ends with seventeen laps through Madrid.
“Ascending finish line in the first stage isn’t really long, but I’m definitely going to try something there. The short time trial will be a challenge for my wrist, as I was not allowed to get out of the saddle for the past six weeks. I also look forward to the final stage where we will be working for Sarah Roy. And then I really start to cry, because then I realize that my time with this team is over! ”