Cedrine Kerbaol wins with authority in the 6th VCV Féminas Gran Premio Tuawa
The French rider of the Ceratizit-WNT Pro Cycling Team was the fastest in the final part of the race in a group of three riders who crowned La Frontera in the lead.
Valencia. 4 February 2023. The VCV Féminas Gran Premio Tuawa has crowned the French rider Cedrine Kerbaol as the best of a top-level international women’s peloton that has gathered this Sunday in Valencia. Kerbaol won the sixth edition of this event, which took place in parallel to the 75th VCV – Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana Gran Premi Banc Sabadell, and which finished in Tinglado 2 of the Port of Valencia. Dutch Marit Raaijmakers and Italian Federica Piergovani completed the podium of this 6th VCV Féminas Gran Premio Tuawa.
The morning started early in the town of Bétera. There, the 115 participants in the race have been parading through a control of signatures and with enough public. A multitude of national champions and the great favourites for the final victory have captured the attention of the fans who gathered in the Alameda Escultor Ramón Inglés in Bétera to experience a historic day of cycling.
The race kicked off at 09:00, but not before proceeding to the ceremonial ribbon cutting. The event was attended by the mayoress of Bétera, Elia Verdevío; the president of the Diputación de Valencia, Vicente Mompó; the CEO of Global Omnium, Dionisio García; and the general director of the VCV Féminas, Silvia Tirado.
The race got off to a lively start from the first kilometre, as was to be expected. Many breakaway attempts, all of them unsuccessful due to the high pace imposed by the peloton. The group reached the first climb, l’Oronet, in a compact group, although there the forces were already low for some of them. It was on the second climb, La Frontera, that a group of three riders formed in the lead. Julie Bego (COF), Caroline Andersson (LIV) and Cedrine Kerbaol (CER) took distance with the group and entered the final stretch of the race alone to dispute the victory.
An unfortunate fall of Andersson in the curves of l’Horta Nord has finished breaking this group of 3, leaving Kerbaol alone in the race. She had just over 10 kilometres to ride alone if she wanted to win the race, and the French rider completed them at a good pace. No one managed to catch her and, although the chasing group was just 3 seconds behind, Kerbaol took the glory of victory.
The Tinglado 2 of the Marina Real Juan Carlos I in Valencia hosted the podium ceremony, in which a good number of women athletes accompanied the winners of this 6th VCV Féminas Gran Premio Tuawa in the final photo. In addition, the president of the CSD, the Valencian José Manuel Rodríguez Uribes did not want to miss this party and has been watching live the end of the race and the podium. In short, a spectacular morning of women’s cycling that has been lived between Bétera and Valencia.