This past weekend’s most surprising news was Marta Cavalli winning the Women’s Amstel Gold Race. This was not expected but the skilled Italian Rider did it anyway, she proved herself stronger than the leading group.
Cavalli was in the pursuit of a skilled group of riders that were in the front, within that group were Annemiek van Vleuten (Movistar), Demi Vollering (SD Worx), and Kasia Niewiadoma (Canyon-SRAM). Marta pushed all of these cyclists back and achieved the biggest win of her career so far. This is an amazing moment for her and the team surely!
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Cavalli believes that this win, this effort was not just physical because she knew she was not in the form for this event. It took a lot of heart and consistency and she did not give up, even though the chances of winning were very slim.
After the race, Marta Cavalli said:
The feeling is just incredible, unbelievable. The win is just unpredicted. I felt good in the last weeks, but nothing super, but sometimes the race is not just legs, but also heart and head.
I believe in my sport director because he helped me to be ready in this moment to take the opportunity. We had nothing to lose and I’m really happy to take the win.
The move wasn’t planned because in the last 50km I hadn’t got a really good feeling. Then we were called to stay in the wheel and look what can see what can happen at the top.
Marta Cavalli was part of the group that was in the front, leading the charge. The fourth and final climb of the race was very hard but moments after she crossed the finish line, shocked but happy, this was the smile and courage of a person that worked very hard for a win like this.
Marta Cavalli said in a very surprised manner:
We started the season with the motto of all or nothing and I tried and went. After 500 metres I turned my head back I saw a big gap and it was just pushing until the finish line.
The last time Annemiek tried to make a gap and pushed harder. At the top there were just seven riders. I was back in the last wheels and then they slowed down in the front and I took the opportunity to make a gap.
Yesterday we spoke [of] this moment when in front they slow down and in the back you have more speed. Then it happened and I tried.
This was the third but most important win in Marta Cavalli’s career, this is a breakthrough at the Women’s WorldTour level. She can now be the torch-bearer for other women’s dreams and hopes in the realm of sports.
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