The women’s peloton will kick off their European road racing season in Spain at the Vuelta CV Feminas on February 6, followed by the Setmana Ciclista Valenciana, officially named SC – Volta Comunitat Valenciana Femines, from February 17-20.
Shifted to late spring last year due to schedule adjustments surrounding COVID-19, both events returned to their February spots on the international calendar as popular season openers.
The fourth edition of the Vuelta CV Feminas (1.1) will kick off the European season with a one-day, 92km race from Paterna to Valencia, staged on the same day as the final Stage 5 of the Men’s Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana.
Lotte Kopecky won the inaugural edition in 2019 while Marta Bastianelli won in 2020 and Chiara Consonni won the race last year.
An official start list has not been released, however, organizers have confirmed on their website at least three women’s WorldTeams – UAE Team ADQ, Movistar and Uno-X Pro Cycling – and 18 continental teams for the opener. a day.
The Vuelta CV Feminas will be followed by the four-day Setmana Ciclista Valenciana from February 17-20. The organizers did not reveal the four stages or the official start list but they confirmed a total of 25 participating teams including six Women’s WorldTeams: FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope, Jumbo-Visma, Uno-X Pro Cycling, Movistar, UAE Team ADQ and Trek-Segafredo.
The event is entering its sixth edition. Past champions include inaugural winner Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig in 2017, Hannah Barnes in 2018, Clara Koppenburg in 2019, Anna van der Breggen in 2020 and Annemiek van Vleuten in 2021.
Last year’s event was moved to May after event dates changed due to COVID-19. It was the start of 12 days of racing in Spain which also included Emakumeen Nafarroako Women’s Elite Classics, Navarra Women’s Elite Classics, Gran Premio Ciudad de Eibar and Durango-Durango Emakumeen Saria, all of which led to the Women’s WorldTour Vuelta a Burgos Feminas.
This year, the event has returned to its February spot on the calendar, making it the perfect race for teams fresh out of area training camps to begin their racing campaigns.
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