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The latest addition to the professional women’s road race scene, Trek-Segafredo, made one heck of an impact in last week’s four-day Spanish stage race, the Setmana Ciclista Valenciana. After hanging her race wheels up after a 16 year-long career, new directeur sportif Giorgia Bronzini couldn’t have asked for a better start to the European season, with the team taking three stage victories and laying down a huge marker for the rest of the campaign.
American rider Ruth Winder took the opening stage, breaking away with four others over the two climbs towards the end of the 120km course. The break had a gap of almost a minute with 10km to go and with the peloton chasing hard, Winder attacked her companions at the final corner finishing just four seconds ahead of the fast approaching bunch. Claiming Trek’s maiden European victory in their first European race, her smile at the finish said it all.
Proof this was no fluke came on the following stage with the powerful Finnish sprinter Lotta Lepistö making it two from two. The flatter terrain of the 100km stage from Boriol to Villareal didn’t tempt any breakaways and with Trek-Segafredo providing the perfect lead out, it was to be another great day for the team, with Ruth Winder retaining the GC lead.
Speaking to cyclingpub.com after the finish, DS Bronzini was full of praise, “Wow! I can just say wow! This team makes me so proud of the choice that I made to be a director. The plan was to bring Lotta to the sprint and everyone covered the attacks like we had planned.”
As if that wasn’t enough, Lotta Lepistö won the final bunch kick into Sagunto on the fourth stage too, the peloton unwilling to let anyone escape for a lone heroic run for home as Trek got their hands in the air for a third time in four days.
The team head north this weekend for Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, the opening race of the Belgian spring. Keep an eye on the Trek-Segafredo girls this season – they’re on fire.
Trek’s winning road bikes
Whether you’re chasing down the win, hammering Belgian cobbles or just pootling to the café, Trek has the bike for you. If you’re just beginning your foray into the wonderful world of road cycling, the Trek Lexa women’s bike is a great first option – few bikes offer more bang for your buck. A lightweight aluminium frame tuned for smoothness and power, with mounts for mudguards and a pannier rack, this versatile beauty offers the ticket for your ride. We’ve a 50cm 2017 model in store at the moment, with the price reduced by 24% and if it fits you, this is a bargain not to be missed. We can order in any other size of the latest 2019 model too, so pop down and see what it’s all about.
We’re likely to see the Trek-Segafredo women on the smooth-riding Domane at the Omloop at the weekend, a bike designed to take on the rough surfaces and challenging conditions the race is renowned for. The Domane has a ‘go anywhere, do anything’ mentality, making it ideal for British riding, the perfect companion for all your road adventures. The frame has the cobble-taming IsoSpeed technology at front and rear, bringing additional compliance to the ride so you can go further, faster, longer and stronger than ever before. Offering exceptional value for money, the Domane SL5 is equipped with Shimano’s superb 105 groupset and powerful disc brakes. If you’re after a bike that can do it all, look no further.
Trek make bikes for all types of rider, from the Lexa and Domane to the lightweight Émonda, the versatile gravel-grinding Checkpoint to the rocket-fuelled Madone that powered Lotta Lepistö to her two sprint victories in Spain. Come and see us and we’ll find the right Trek for you.