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La Vuelta report: Lidl-Trek win opening TTT despite late-race crash, Realini in red

Ellen van Dijk and Elynor Backstedt crashed with 300 metres to go, but the rest of the team went on to take the stage.

Abby Mickey
by Abby Mickey 28.04.2024 Photography by
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Despite a crash by Ellen van Dijk and Elynor Backstedt in the final corner, Lidl-Trek still managed to win the first stage of La Vuelta España Femenina by milliseconds over Visma-Lease a Bike and one second over SD Worx-Protime. General classification hopefuls Gaia Realini and Elisa Longo Borghini finished safely with other members of the team, while Van Dijk was helped off the course.

Realini leads the general classification ahead of teammates Lizzie Deignan and Brodie Chapman, but the top ten are all on the same time due to the close finish between Lidl-Trek and Visma-Lease a Bike. During stage 2, bonus seconds could see the jersey change hands.

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