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Elisa Balsamo (Trek-Segafredo) won the sprint to take stage 1 of the Setmana Ciclista-Volta Comunitat Valenciana Fèmines. It was just two days after signing a new contract until 2026 with the US-based Women’s WorldTour team.
She eased to the line in Sagunt a clear bike length ahead of Lotta Henttala (AG Insurance-Soudal Quick-Step) in second and Coryn Labecki (Jumbo-Visma) in third.
Balsamo swaps her Italian national champion’s jersey for the leader’s orange jersey ahead of stage two.
She repeated her victory on stage 1 of this race from last year in similar fashion, in this her 20th professional career victory.
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