Cervélo riders all over the podium
It was another big weekend for Cervélo-sponsored teams and athletes, with Edvald Boasson Hagen winning the final stage of the Eneco Tour, Jodie Swallow taking gold at the ITU Long Distance World Championship, and Ashleigh Moolman Pasio coming in second at the Giro dell'Emilia Internazionale Donne Elite.
“The Boss” takes charge in Belgium
Team Dimension Data’s Norwegian star came out on top of a three-rider breakaway after a 197km stage that included 16 short, steep Hellingen climbs.
Wet conditions and slippery cobbles conspired to pare a nine-rider breakaway down to three over the final 10km. Then, on the climb to the line, Boasson Hagen had enough left in the tank to seal the win on his Cervélo S5.
“I was always in the right place at the key moments thanks to my team,” he said after the race. “I was feeling strong, but the wet made the race difficult, so you had to stay focused. We got away with a very strong group and it was important to not waste energy; I tried to save all I could for the last 200m.”
ITU gold and silver in Oklahoma City
Britain’s Jodie Swallow combined a field-best 1:03:31 swim and 3:15:50 bike split on her P5 to finish in 6:37:11, more than seven minutes faster than runner-up and fellow Cervélo athlete Caroline Steffen of Switzerland.
Swallow’s win came seven years after her last ITU LD title, and with victories earlier this year at the Ironman Asia Pacific Championship and Ironman 70.3 South Africa she looks to be in superb form heading into the Ironman World Championship on Oct. 8.
Moolman-Pasio on a roll in Italy
Two weeks after winning two stages and the GC in the Giro della Toscana, Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio continued her run of fine form on her Cervélo R5 by taking second place at the Giro dell'Emilia Internazionale Donne Elite for the second year in a row.
The 98-km race was completely flat until the steep San Luca climb right before the line. “Midway through the race things got a little crazy with the intermediate sprints, so our job was just to stay out of trouble,” Moolman-Pasio said. “The girls did a great job, we ride really well together and ride as a unit. For the majority of the race we’re very visible and together. We did our jobs perfectly to make sure nothing got away and that we were in control at all times.”
With the result, the Cervélo Bigla Pro Cycling Team has either won or finished on the podium in six consecutive races.