Bastianelli wins in Czech Republic!
The European champion Marta Bastianelli took the victory on the first stage of the Czech stage race Gracia Orlová.
With a powerful sprint in a small exclusive group the Virtu Cycling star won in front of Russian Mariia Novolodskaia and Belgian Julie Van De Velde.
Marta is thus leading the general classement, where she now leads with a margin of 9 seconds down to Novolodskaia.
Australian Rachel Neylan placed herself in top 20 while Birgitte Krogsgaard, who is having her international racing debut this week, came in 37th.
Today the women will do two half stages, the first a 13,5 kilometer time trial followed by a normal stage of 56,8 kilometers. The race ends on Sunday.