Reusser puts on a fight against Van Vleuten
September 3 rd 2021 - 16:11 [GMT + 2]
The Dutch star Annemiek van Vleuten (Movistar Team) dominated on Friday the second stage of the CERATIZIT Challenge by La Vuelta 21. After a first hilly stage, day 2 saw the field take on a 7.3km uphill time-trial leading to the mountain resort of Manzaneda with slopes at an average gradient of 5.8%. Following her Olympic title in Tokyo’s ITT, Van Vleuten set a winning time of 19’08’’. The overall leader Marlen Reusser (Ale’BTC Ljubljana), also a silver medallist in the Olympic ITT, finished 2nd on the day (+19’’) and Marta Cavalli (FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope) rounded out the podium with a gap of 27’’.
“I chose the time-trial bike because it was faster for me and I was just happy to ride it”, Van Vleuten said. She announced a big battle to try and overturn Reusser’s lead before the race reaches Santiago de Compostela on Sunday: “Tomorrow, I have nothing to lose and everything to win. I hope other teams feel like that and we can put on a big show.”
With another strong performance, Marlen Reusser has an advantage of 1’36’’ overall on Pauliena Rooijakkers (LIV Racing) and Annemiek van Vleuten is now third (+1’39”). The Swiss champ also leads the points standings. On Saturday, the penultimate stage will see the peloton take on another hilly course from the mountain resort of Manzaneda to Pereiro de Aguiar.