Emilia Fahlin won Sunday’s Crescent Vargarda road race in front of a home crowd in Sweden, claiming her first Women’s WorldTour victory in a sprint ahead of Cervelo – Bigla’s Lotta Lepisto. Chantal Blaak of Boels – Dolmans was third.
The Swede won the race out of a breakaway of nine riders that formed on the updated course, which now features a few sections of gravel roads. Amy Pieters of Wiggle – High5 led out the sprint early, coming around the final corner first. Fahlin jumped out of the Dutchwomen’s slipstream with about 200m to go and held off a late charge by Lepisto.
“I am happy to have broken the ice, winning in Sweden was extraordinary,” said Fahlin. “I’m fine, I’m fit, and I really wanted to be a leader on home. I dedicate this victory to my family, now present at the finish line, to my team, perfect even here, we are united and strong, and to the crowd shouting my name at the roadside; they gave me the strength to sprint and win the best win of my career.”
The 27-year-old’s victory in the 141km race was also the first Women’s WorldTour (WWT) win for her Ale – Cipollini team. Only two events remain in the inaugural season of the WWT: GP Plouay-Bretagne in France, August 27, and The Madrid Challenge by La Vuelta, September 11.