Elisa Longo Borghini wins last stage and takes overall victory of Emakumeen Bira
May 26 2019 06:08 am CET

Elisa Longo Borghini wins last stage and takes overall victory of Emakumeen Bira
Elisa Longo Borghini wins last stage and takes overall victory of Emakumeen Bira
Trek-Segafredo Women's team by © Mary Cárdenas / CyclingPub.com

Trek-Segafredo's Elisa Longo Borghini has taken the overall victory of Emakumeen Bira. The Italian crossed the finish line on her own and climbed to the top of the General Classification.

The last day of competition of the Spanish race was also the Queen Stage with a route that featured two climbs of the third category, one of the second category and a first-category ascent in the last kilometres. Trek-Segafredo's Elisa Longo Borghini attacked on the final climb of the day and could hold a gap big enough to cross the finish line on her own, taking also the overall victory of the race.

"Today we rode super well," said the rider. "First, we had Anna (Plichta) in a break, then Audrey (Cordon-Ragot) in the next one. She was the virtual leader on the road, so that put a lot of pressure on Mitchelton-Scott. Then on the last climb, Garcia of Movistar attacked, and I followed. I went by instinct and just continued fast as I could to the top, and all of a sudden, I had 28 seconds.

"The last 15kms were a hell! I tried to push everything I had, I really wanted to win the stage. In the end, I found myself winning the race, the GC and the mountains jersey...it's a dream."

At the end of the third stage of Emakumeen Bira, Longo Borghini finished at the third GC position at 12 seconds from the then leader Amanda Spratt. With the victory of the stage, in which she crossed the finish line four seconds ahead of Spratt, plus the bonus seconds, the Italian could climb to the top of the overall classification.

"It's just super, super nice," said Longo Borghini. "I was thinking so much about my teammates, all my family, my boyfriend, and my mom that came here yesterday; everyone was giving me from home and the side of the road a lot of power in those last kilometres. It's just incredible. It's doesn't seem possible that this happens to me – I am not this type of rider!

"I really want to thank my teammates and all the staff who work 24 hours this week for us, and to Luca (Guercilena, general manager Trek-Segafredo) for giving me a contract and really believing in me."



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