CCC-Liv manifested itself excellently in the Clasica Femenina Navarra. Marta Lach sprinted to third place after Pauliena Rooijakkers and her fellow breakaways had been caught up with a few kilometres earlier. Ashleigh Moolman Pasio (sixth) and Agnieszka Skalniak (ninth) coloured the top ten orange. The victory in Spanish Basque Country went to Sarah Roy.
On an inclined part of the slightly sloping track a nice leading group was realized 40 kilometres before the arrival in Lodosa. Pauliena Rooijakkers was one of them and kept up a good speed, although the nine breakaways never achieved a substantial lead. When the peloton came closer 15 kilometres from the finish, Pauliena jumped away and Małgorzata Jasinska followed in her wake.
“But the peloton did not leave any space for a leading group”, says team manager Eric van den Boom. “The chasers and later on the peloton caught up with Pauliena and Jasinska and then we switched to plan B: Ashleigh Moolman Pasio and Agnieszka Skalniak positioned Marta Lach as good as possible for the sprint. In the last bend Marta had to slow down a little bit, as a result of which she lost some speed. But a third place is of course a beautiful place of honour and a reward for the good team work.”
Photo credits: Clasica Femenina Navarra