Kim Cadzow wins Trofeo Ponente in Rosa stage one

The Kiwi soloed to victory and moves into the leader’s jersey

March 6, 2024

Kim Cadzow soloed to victory today on stage one of Trofeo Ponente in Rosa and is now in the race leader’s jersey while teammate Lotta Henttala earned the sprinter’s jersey.

The team knew that the profile of stage one, featuring a category one climb which plateaued before a descent and then hugged the Mediterranean coastline before reaching the finish in Pietra Ligure, was tailor-made for Kim.

“The team really controlled the race all the way into the lead into the climb,” Kim said. “Mags [Magdeleine] pushed the pace up a bit more and when I attacked, my teammates controlled the bunch. I got enough of a gap and I just time trialed my way to the finish. It was a long time trial, 30 kilometers!”

Kim was determined to take advantage of the hard work her teammates had put in for her.

“I knew I just had to get as much time as possible on the group. Head down, get aero, and just push hard!” she said.

Sport director Carmen Small said that the team executed the race plan just as she had hoped.

“The plan was to be a little bit patient and to not attack until the long climb,” Carmen said. “We really wanted to save Kim early so that we wouldn’t have to race defensively all day and in the end she attacked and went solo all the way to the finish. This was only possible due to really strong teamwork.”

Meanwhile, Lotta covered the early moves in the race to allow her teammates to save themselves for the climb. In doing so, she raced herself into the sprinter’s jersey.

“With Lotta, it wasn’t really the plan to go for the sprint points,” Carmen said, “but I said to her, ‘Just test yourself and see where you’re at.’ It’s her first week back to racing and she went and she got the sprint jersey which is such a great bonus.”

The racing season has gotten off to a fantastic start for the 22-year-old. She won the New Zealand time trial national championship and the next day earned silver in the road race. This past Sunday was her first race with the team and she sprinted to fifth place at Trofeo Oro in Euro after putting in an attack that split the peloton on the penultimate climb. Today's win is Kim's first ever road race win.

“It feels amazing,” she said about moving into first place on general classification. “This team is amazing. Everybody did an amazing job out there. I’m so happy to have achieved my year’s goal of getting a win already. I can hardly believe it!”

Believe it, Kim. We have two more stages to race and the team is ready to go all in for you.

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