An unforgettable week at La Vuelta

Our squad finishes first grand tour with two stage wins and a top ten in the overall

May 5, 2024

If this week has taught us anything, it's that there is a lot of fight in our EF Education-Cannondale riders.

The squad is leaving their first grand tour in team history with two stage wins, a top ten on the general classification, and more hugs than we could ever count. 

They started the week on a high finishing in the top five in one of cycling’s most technically demanding disciplines – the team time trial – where the squad executed the race strategy perfectly. They followed up this strong performance with an incredible display of race strategy and poise when Alison won stage 2 after navigating crosswinds and a tricky finale perfectly. Even after losing Clara Emond to a crash, they showed the strength of the team on stage 4 with Kristen taking a stage win of her own and then narrowly missing out on another win on stage 7 with a second place finish. Kim showed her strength and grit, riding superbly in the mountains all week and moving herself into the top ten in the overall.

For a new team, there are always going to be kinks to figure out, but the team showed that they could race with heart, and race for each other. It was a week to be proud of for our young squad, and we won’t be forgetting our first trip around Spain for a long time. 

Here’s what our riders had to say about our week in Spain.

Kim Cadzow

The Vuelta has been pretty amazing. I feel like I’ve had a bit of a roller coaster while being here but it’s been amazing for my first grand tour. The team has put on probably the most amazing performance we could have ever imagined. I think we’re all going to go home happy.

Veronica Ewers

Personally the week started out quite rough but it got a bit better throughout the week. I’m stoked on how the team has done this whole week. I think we exceeded all our expectations. I’m really happy to keep the momentum going throughout the season. 

Kristen Faulkner

It’s been such a good week. I’m so proud of how the team performed. Not only did everyone do their job everyday, but we walked away with two stage wins, several top tens, a second place. Kim did really well in the mountains. She’s really coming along as a rider and as a climber. I’m super excited for the rest of the season. 

Alison Jackson

The team is having a great Vuelta. I, Alison Jackson, am having a really great Vuelta. You get to be a piece of the puzzle. It’s not often that a grand tour goes so well. We really have to recognize that everyone’s been meshing together super well. I think the choice of the roster has been perfectly suited to this race. It’s great to be on the program. It’s also been really fun with the staff and riders, but of course there’s nothing better than winning and we’ve had some stage wins and never been outside of the top ten on any given stage. It’s been a phenomenal week.

Clara Koppenburg

I can’t believe we made it. It’s been eight really long, hard days. We suffered a lot in the conditions. We had so much wind all the time and the cold and rain but I think we had the best tour we could have imagined. We started so nicely with the TTT and then we just kept going. I think we’re all completely pumped about everything and what’s happened. I can’t wait for the next race. It’s been a really great week! 

Magdeleine Vallieres

It’s been great. It’s super nice as a first grand tour with the team that we’ve done so well. Everyone was so motivated – the whole team: the soigneurs, the sport directors, the mechanics. It’s just so nice because the staff all work so hard all the time so that we can also have a good performance and that made the mood feel really high. There have been so many high points this week but when I crossed the line on stage two and I saw “Alison Jackson” as the stage winner, I thought, “Oh my god, we just won a stage of the Vuelta!” That was the coolest moment.

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