Leah Tomas and Movistar conquer the Tour de l’Ardèche

The Movistar Team women’s squad continues to offer joys in a sensational summer for the entire telephone squad, and after five days of tough defense, after the crucial blow delivered by Leah Thomas with her victory in the 2nd stage, The team led in Gallic lands by Pablo Lastras has been awarded with the North American the 19th edition of the Tour Cycliste Féminin Internationale de l’Ardèche (UCI 2.1), one of the longest and most mountainous rounds on the professional calendar.

The dedication and commitment of the blues was exemplified in the brief and intense last day, on 81 km between Le Pouzin and Privas with three uncomfortable stops and a powerful leak that the Movistar Team had to work hard to control. The effort of Alba Teruel -in the opening bars-, Barbara Guarischi -after the initial climb to Fontenelle (1st) -, Alicia González, Sheyla Gutiérrez -the decisive ascent to Bemas (1st) – and Paula Patiño -face to goal- was able to always keep a triplet with the dangerous appearance of Jeanne Korevaar (LIV), located at 2’03 “in the general.

Just before crowning Bemas, an attack by García (ALE), 2nd overall, in the company of Rooijakkers (LIV), fourth, forced Leah Thomas to work hard at the start of the descent and, in the company of Santesteban ( BEX) catch up with them and end up winning the sprint of the chasing group, 4th after Brand (TFS), Korevaar and Kennedy (BEX). Another display of blue might to achieve your women’s fifth round of the course – after Elsy Jacobs (Norsgaard), Valencia, Norway and La Vuelta (Van Vleuten) – and 37th in the Abarca Sports structure in 2021, 23rd for a sublime female Movistar Team.

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