On Friday, Vita Heine won the last stage in the Tour of Uppsala. She escaped in the final of the stage and won solo, taking the first win of the season for Team Hitec Products – Birk Sport. At the finish she had an advantage of fifteen seconds on general classification leader Sara Mustonen. Exactly the difference in team between them in the ranking. Time to look back on the race with Vita.
“The team worked super impressive in the last stage”, says Vita. That is exactly what she needed, as the team had to make a hard race of it. Then there would be a bigger change that the stage didn’t end in a bunch sprint again. “Ingrid felt better after being sick. All riders attacked a lot to tire out the other teams.”
It helped, but for a long time wasn’t enough. “The course was too easy to split the peloton, despite of the huge effort from us. In the last lap I attacked and got company of Sara Mustonen and a Russian girl. We rode a bit together and then I attacked again and rode to finish line alone.”
Vita gave all she had, to take as much time on Mustonen as she could. She even waited with celebrating her victory, untill she already passed the finish line. It was just not enough to take the overall win. “It turned out we had the same time in the general classification”, says Vita. “But Sara Mustonen won the race, because of better placing in the results of the three stages.”
While half of Team Hitec Products – Birk Sport were racing the Tour of Uppsala, the rest of the riders raced on the either side of the world. In China, six riders of team participated in the Tour of Chongming Island. With success, as Team Hitec Products – Birk Sport won the team classification in the three days Women’s World Tour stage race. “Overall we did great as a team in all stages.”
Norwegian champion Vita Heine has won the final stage of the Tour of Uppsala. On the third and last stage she attacked uphill in the last of nine laps of 14,5 kilometers. Race leader Sara Mustonen could follow at the first attack, but wasn’t able to follow when Heine attacked on a second short hill. Heine then kept pushing and won solo. She came only one second short to pass Mustonen in the general classification.
Although it were only two days of racing, the Tour of Yorkshire was a hard race last Friday and Saturday. However, the riders of Team Hitec Products – Birk Sport did show themselves. Ingrid Lorvik was involved in a long breakaway at the first stage, while Vita Heina proved to be strong in the second stage. She became 11th in both the stage as the general classification. Now two other stage races are coming up; the Tour of Uppsala and the Tour of Chongming Island.
Only 19 years old since the 15th of March, Amalie Lutro was the youngest rider of Team Hitec Products – Birk Sport at the beginning of the season. After Thale Kielland Bjerk joined the team a few weeks ago, she is no longer the youngest. However, Amalie is still one of the four first year elite riders in the team. And she already showed herself in a good way. It is about time to talk to Amalie, who is racing the Omloop van Borsele next Saturday.
Until 2016, Marta Tagliaferro only rode for Italian teams. After two years at Cylance Pro Cycling, she joined Team Hitec Products – Birk Sport this season. With that, the team added a rider with a lot of experience, who also has a very strong sprint. “I am sure we will surprise a lot of people this year”, says the 29-years old Italian rider.