Holden (6th) grabs another top-ten finish at La Périgord



First race of the year in France and top-level result for the Bizkaia-Durango UCI Continental Team. Manxwoman Lizzie Holden ended La Périgord (UCI 1.2) in sixth place, in a race in which the pink riders kept active during the whole day.

Yurani Blanco was the first Bizkaia-Durango rider in the lead, as she got into a breakaway along with Benito (MAT) and Canvelli (BPK) with 27 kilometers to go.

Blanco’s attempt was caught and a new group took the lead: Lizzie Holden got into a eight-woman group with Duval (FDJ), Erath (CSR), Gutiérrez (MOV), Kerbaol (FRA), Levenez (ARK), Pilote-Fortin (MAT) and Zanardi (BPK). Sheyla Gutiérrez took the win, while Lizzie Holden ended up in sixth place confirming her great shape.

Holden: “It’s been a tough race but the team did an awesome work. When I got into the breakaway I knew we could make it to the finish line — it was a top level group! I’m really happy with this performance, it’s always nice to do well in international races. We will keep fighting to be even closer to the wins.”

Puigdefábregas shows strenght in Larrabasterra

Three more Bizkaia-Durango riders competed this morning in Larrabasterra, at the Basque Series fourth race. Irati Puigdefábregas, who is in her first year as a U23 rider, attacked several times during the race and made it to the finish in the main bunch. Sandra Alonso (CDO) took the win.