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Arlenis Sierra is still one of the world’s great road racers

Arlenis Sierra is still one of the world's great road racers

Arlenis and Anemic congratulate each other, they were the best of Movistar’s nine who competed for their respective countries. Photo: JIT

Havana, Sep 24 (RHC) Cuba’s Arlenis Sierra has affirmed himself as one of the greats of universal cycling. This Saturday she finished sixth in the sensational sprint of the road test, in line with the 2022 Wollongong Road World Championships in Australia, sprinting over 164.3km.

Vijay, with a time of 4:24.25 hours, matched her Movistar teammate, 39-year-old Dutchwoman Anemic van Vleuten.

The European starred in an impressive performance, despite a recent fracture to his right elbow. He added his fourth world podium, two in the time trial, and his 98th victory in the elite race.

He was escorted to the podium by Belgian Lotte Kopecki and Italian Silvia Persico, who crossed the finish line one second behind the champions, a similar margin to the other nine who disputed an emotional final on a short and uncomfortable slope.

Arlenis was again very close to the podium. He finished fifth in Belgium in 2021. To be among serious medal contenders until the final pedal stroke for the second year in a row is a phenomenal performance, even for many of the event’s stars. Needless to say, Manzanillara was once again the best in America.

With full knowledge of a section marked by an initial hill of eight kilometers and other slopes, even the Aussies could not outnumber Cuba alone. The locals had to settle for positions 15 and 21 for their two best exponents of the day.

Still, Sierra is not satisfied. With each season increasing, it is logical that the Pan American Queen, when she is not a teammate, aspires to medal. We already know that he walks side by side with the hottest stars.

Of the 129 registered this Saturday, 75 endured the rigors of the race. This game isn’t just hitting the pedals hard. Anemic’s victory is one example. With the task of working for another exceptional rider, Marianne Vos, she saved her strength while at the fore, not a favorite because she was injured. He especially suffered a lot in the biggest climb at Monte Keira, 130 km from the line of punishment.

Finally, when the attacks followed each other near the target, he led a group of eight joined by the last five who escaped dangerously. About 800 meters from the sprint, only she was left for her team. Then he attacked the hill, his favorite terrain, and even stood on the crank despite his damaged elbow. It was a surprise, as no one came out to reach him. He imposed his strategy.

Arlenis told JIT that “I wanted a better result, I couldn’t and I don’t want to justify anything. I gave my all, I was a little cold-hearted, but when I jumped in it was Wasn’t the right time. Unbelievable that ending, I thought I’d win a medal, but it wasn’t possible and I looked at it so closely. It wasn’t there to fight, I just lacked a little more cool mind ».

«The circuit, undoubtedly, was much tougher than last year in Belgium, with a lot of inequality accumulating. Those last two laps with the rain bothered me, I was a little scared to get down, with the wet asphalt, but slowly it went away,” he said.

“I thank God for the result, it pained me, but it gave me the strength to bear that pain… looking at something so closely, knowing that I have the strength, and finally Something happened that failed me.” He mourned.

“Let’s see next year,” he expressed, reassured that the pitcher goes to the source until it breaks. He announced that three races await him in Europe before returning to his beloved island with Movistar.

During the exhausting race, in which Sierra never ceased to be in the main pack, very well positioned, several attacks and escapes were made, but all of them were neutralized. The first was the French Gladys Verhulst who was just 16 km from the start.

There were also falls, some if you take into account that the rain jeopardized the day due to the slippery and frequent curves that the peloton suffered, with 40 runners making their World Cup debut.

The path of the event seemed paradisiacal, with a good stretch close to the coast of Wollongong, New South Wales state, in the south-east of Australia.

top ten

1. Anemic Van Vleuten (Paces Bajos) – 4:24:25 horacy

2. Lotte Kopecky (Belgium) and 0:01

3. Silvia Persico (Italy) 0:01

4. Lien Lippert (Germany) 0:01

5. Cecily Uttrap Ludwig (Dinamarka) and 0:01

6. Arlenis Sierra (Cuba) 0:01

7. Juliet Lebus (France) 0:01

8. Katarzina niviadoma (Polonia) and 0:01

9. Alice Chabe (Suja) and 0:01

10. Alyssa Longo Borghini (Italy) 0:01

Source: JIT.

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