Roseman-Gannon has won the second position at the Setmana Ciclista Valenciana just after her debut with BikeExchange-Jayco. This comes in as a remarkable achievement as the Australian rider is shocked and impressed with her performance.
In the sprint, Elisa Balsamo from Team Trek-Segafredo came second while Roseman Gannon’s teammate Alex Manly came fourth place. Although she is a newcomer, she was not shy to show all of her expertise and win the overall second place.
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During a team statement, Roseman-Gannon stated:
I’m still a bit in shock. The first ride with the team in Europe and the whole team rode incredibly.
Teniel [Campbell], Ari[anna Fidanza], Georgia [Baker], and Nina [Kessler] positioned us perfectly into the critical points. Alex and I made it over with the second bunch and Ane [Santesteban] were with the climbing group, which took the pressure off us.
Ane Santesteban was part of the climbing group, and their bike sprint included the Alto Barx climb. This was almost 15km from the line, the descent and flat run of 114km opening stage between Tavernes de la Valldigna and Gandia carved a path for Roseman-Gannon as she was in the second group.
Trek was keen to chase so it looked likely it would come back together, which was perfect for Alex and me.
We gave it all we had and came fourth and second, but we are hungry for that top step.
The start of the year has been very kind for Roseman-Gannon and she has already proved to be an invaluable part of BikeExchange Jayco. If the stage victories at the Lexus of Blackburn Bay Crits weren’t enough, she also had a stage victory and overall win at the Santos Festival of Cycling.
Roseman Gannon stated:
I think we can take a lot of confidence from this stage into the rest of the tour.
Ane has great climbing legs and we will be working hard for her in the next few days.
One of the main problems that Roseman-Gannon face is the cycling culture of Europe, it will certainly take some time to get used to. The last time she raced in Europe was with the Australian Development team back in 2019. There is no rushing through, first, she needs to feel fully comfortable with the team and then full focus can be diverted to the professional peloton.
If we think about it, then coming second behind a world champion is no small feat. Stay tuned for more updates!
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