We knew beforehand that today would be very hard and that we had to make sure to be near the front of the bunch to get as far as we could. The pace was really high right from the start and it didn’t slow down for the rest of the day.
On the second climb of the day, the Puerto de Benifallim, I was a bit too far back and got dropped with Britt and Cathalijne. Julia was riding very strong in that first group. I managed to get back to the group with Julia on the climb but got dropped again. I was in a group with about 15 riders and we worked together to get back to the first group again on the last climb, the Tudons.
Julia and I got dropped on the last descent but I managed to get her and myself back to that second big group in the race. That’s where we finished. I am completely empty now but we did push our limits, that’s for sure.
Sports director Kelvin Dekker looks back upon an epic day.
It was a constant battle and a new experience for everyone. Of course it’s sad to see Eva and Emily leave the race. However, I want to give a big thumbs up for our first year rider Julia. She was among the best U23 riders of the day. Impressive.