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Cycling - 19. June 2018.

Elisa Longo Borghini Wins OVO Energy Tour Mountains Classification

Wiggle High5 Pro Cycling’s Elisa Longo Borghini has finished the 2018 OVO Energy Women’s Tour with a commanding victory in the Queen of the Mountains Classification. The Italian Champion has worn the Black Jersey since the second stage and finished with a total of 44 points, which was double the amount of her nearest rival in the competition.

Despite crashing early in the stage, between Dolgellau and Colwyn Bay, Longo Borghini still managed to take fourth place over the biggest climb of the race, Nant Gwynant after 69km, even though her jersey was already secure. The Italian Champion’s win in the classification is the second consecutive one for Wiggle High5 Pro Cycling, after Audrey Cordon-Ragot’s victory in 2017.

“I’m very happy to have won this jersey,” the Italian Champion said. “I think I will dedicate it to my teammates and the staff, because they helped me a lot throughout this week and especially today after my crash. They were very nice, they all waited for me, and Kirsten [Wild] also sacrificed her sprint a bit in waiting for me.”

Having helped pace Longo Borghini up to the peloton, Wild was not able to sprint with her full power in Colwyn Bay, and finished in sixth place behind winner Lotta Lepistö (Cervelo-Bigla). Her efforts had kept her Italian teammate’s position in the General Classification, with Longo Borghini finishing in sixth place overall.

“I’m very, very happy,” the Italian Champion said. “It gives me a boost of confidence after a very strange spring for me. Let’s say strange, because I won’t say disastrous or catastrophic!”

After suffering with illness and allergies through her favourite spring season, Longo Borghini heads into the summer races with her confidence renewed by a performance in one of the World’s biggest stage races. Although the course was not tough enough for the Italian Champion to use her climbing talents to their full effect, she faces her next targets with renewed morale.

“Now I’m looking forward for Nationals, even though I know that repeating the victory will be very hard,” she said. “I now focus on the Giro. I just want to enjoy it as much as I did this week in Great Britain!”

Photo Credit: Vélofocus

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