Venga! It’s time for La Vuelta Femenina

Our roster is ready to take on the flats and climbs at the Spanish grand tour

April 24, 2024

Now that the Ardennes classics are behind us, our squad is eagerly looking ahead to the first grand tour of our season: La Vuelta Femenina.

The 2024 edition of the Vuelta has it all, including an eighth stage for the first time in its history. The race has grown from its original one-day format in 2015 and this year includes flat stages, hilly and medium mountain stages, summit finishes, and kicks off with a team time trial.

We are sending Kim Cadzow, Veronica Ewers, Alison Jackson, Kristen Faulkner, Magdeleine Vallieres, Clara Koppenburg, and Clara Emond to the Spanish race. Our squad is a blend of experience and strengths, intentionally selected to reflect the demands of our first grand tour of 2024. Hear from our riders below about their expectations and goals for the Vuelta.

Kim Cadzow
I’m so, so, so, so excited! This will be my first grand tour. It’s not something I ever dared to dream of doing when I started cycling. I absolutely love stage racing as it gives me many chances to learn and race my bike. There are some lovely stages that will suit us super well as a team and I can’t wait for the team time trial. It’s such a difficult but beautiful skill in cycling. Our team is strong, motivated, and ready to rip in the Spanish sun!

I think Liège has given me a lot of confidence and helped reduce some of the doubt in my mind. I hope that I can use it as a springboard to keep progressing my cycling and race well at the Vuelta. My performance at Liège gives me motivation for the Vuelta to keep pushing myself to my limits and find out how far I can go, but also how far we can go as a team. Shoot for the moon!

Clara Emond
I’m super excited for the Vuelta. It’s the longest stage race of the season so far. It’s my first time doing it and usually I really enjoy racing in Spain. The weather is good, the roads are good. There’s a lot to look forward to!

It’s my first time racing the Vuelta and I’m really happy to do this grand tour. I did the Tour de France last year and I really enjoyed it. I was really looking forward to doing some new races this year so the Vuelta will be a really good opportunity. The stages look quite hard so I think this will be good for me as well. We have a lot of climbing stages which is great. We’ll see how things go but I will have something of a free role so I could end up in a breakaway if the opportunity is there. I’m really excited to do a lot of big days of back-to-back racing. It’s going to be super fun.

Veronica Ewers
I’m excited to get stuck into the first grand tour of the year. It will be really fun to compete in a TTT with the squad we will have and it will be really awesome to see how we can play all of our cards throughout the week.

I’m excited to get into the mountains as I feel I’ve not been properly in the mountains for some time. I think the third stage will be where we’ll see the GC players coming out but I anticipate the final stage to be the clear decider.

Kristen Faulkner
The Vuelta is the first big stage race of the season, it’s the first grand tour, and it’s the first time doing a team time trial together with my EF Education-Cannondale teammates so I’m really excited. The TTT is actually my favorite event across all cycling disciplines so I’m very excited for that. There are not many TTTs on the calendar and so this is always my favorite day of the year when we get to race a TTT. I was recently at a wind tunnel to hone my position a little more for the TT bike so hopefully that will pay off in the TTT and also for US nationals which is a big goal of mine this year.

The stages are quite interesting. There are a few stages that I think will be harder than they look on paper. That will be really exciting. I really like the harder racing. It looks like the harder stages come at the end of this stage race which suits me quite well because the harder the race, the better I do usually. I took a big break after Flandres so hopefully I’m coming in fresh and injury-free. I’d like to see where my climbing legs are since I haven’t had the chance to really test them since Setmana Ciclista Valenciana. I’m quite excited for the Vuetla. I think there’s going to be a lot of unknowns going into it but it’s also a race where we can get a lot of lessons out of it and that will push us to be even better for the rest of the season.

Alison Jackson
I’m really excited for the Vuelta. I’m really excited to ride all these new roads and to travel to all these different places. That’s something that’s so great about this stage race. You go all over Spain. I had some time off after Paris-Roubaix to rest and feel a little disappointment at not winning another rock. But I’ve got the fire back and I’m really motivated for the Vuelta.

I’m going to be the only sprinter on our Vuelta squad so I’ve been really focused on what that role means for me in the final of some of the stages. I’ll really try to make it to the end and then try to pull off a stage win. There are two or three, maybe even four, sprinter types stages so I just want to make it to that finale and then help us get a result. Here we go!

Clara Koppenburg
I’m really excited for the first grand tour with the team. In general, I always like stage races because you always get in a nice rhythm with the racing. With the one day races, I’m always super nervous in the days leading up, but in stage races I get into a good routine. You can also be more creative with tactics because it’s a bit more open than one day races. You have different goals and different stages so every rider in the team gets a role but also there are many opportunities so I’m really looking forward to the Vuelta. Also I hope we get to finally race in some really nice weather conditions! After the Ardennes, I’m really happy to ride in shorts and work on my tan lines. I’m also excited to be the road captain.

There’s kind of a love/hate relationship with team time trials. If you do well and the whole team is committed to it and working well together, I think it’s one of the most beautiful stages or disciplines because it’s so brutal but at the same time. In the past I’ve finished third in the world championships in the TTT – with Lotta! – so I have good memories of TTTs but I know it’s going to be super hard because we have really strong riders on the team and it’s always hard to stay on their wheels.

We have a strong team and we can do well on all of the stages. I’m just excited to work for my team and I think this is a key point. We showed at Liège-Bastogne-Liège that we can ride really well as a team and that’s going to be crucial. I just hope that we can keep the spirits and the fun high, even if there is a bad moment so we can just learn from it but then just forget about it and look forward. We’ll work to keep a good mindset all the time.

Magdeleine Vallieres
I’m really excited about the Vuelta. It’s going to be my second time doing it. We have a really strong team. I’m really excited to see what we can do. I’m ready to support my teammates the best that I can. It’s always great to race in Spain. Last year, the race was super well organized so coming into it with this new team I think is going to be super.

The Ardennes really prepared me well for the Vuelta. It gave me some confidence in my climbing. Although the climbing was much shorter in the Ardennes, I still think it was nice to be able to work for my teammates and be comfortable in the peloton and just get back into the races. Coming into the Vuelta I think I can take what I’ve learned and how I felt in the Ardennes into the eight stages at the Vuelta.

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