Marta Cavalli wins the first female Ventoux Challenge – iO Donna
T.triumphs in the first edition of the Mont Ventoux Dénivelé Challenge and wins in a historic race for women’s cycling.
Marta Cavalli alone at the goal
The 24 year old Marta Cavalli leave your opponents behind and become the first woman to reach the top of the iconic French mountain in a cycling race, 22 years after the “Pirate” feat Marco Pantanithe first Italian to win.
Ascent of Monte Ventoso: Pantani the last winner
Women who had already cycled along the ascent of the Mount Ventoso“Discovered” in 1951 and made famous for exploits during the Tour de France, but who had never participated in a race dedicated exclusively to the mythical peak. The last time an Italian was the first to reach Mont Ventoux, it was in 2000 with, in fact, the epic victory of Pantani della Grande Boucle. But after him, that’s enough. And now, 22 years later, he is not an Italian who wins, but an Italian.
A piece of pink cycling history
There young blue cyclist He has made an excellent performance on the route that included 100 kilometers starting from Sault and final climb under the scorching sun at an altitude of 1912 meters. Maintaining a very high level especially in the hardest rampswhere Cavalli got ahead of her rivals and went alone to the finish line.
For the Cremonese this is the third victory of the season, after the Amstel Gold Race and the Freccia Vallone. But this time writing a piece of pink cycling history.
Who is Marta Cavalli
Marta Cavalli competes for the French team FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope, affiliated with the Fiamme Oro Sports Group. Her career on two wheels is studded with successes and in 2018 she also graduated Italian road champion in the Elite category.
A passion born as a child, in the courtyard of her house in Cremona where she enjoyed imitating the sprint of Mark Cavendish at the Giro d’Italia who had completely conquered her.
After all, she had grown up on bikes, with her cycling dad and her grandfather who told her stories about his cycling team.
The first bicycle was a fuchsia mountain bike equipped with a stand, a fundamental element for the young budding cyclist, which would have allowed the bike to stand up on its own and not lean against the wall or on the ground where it could have been damaged.
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So the first race on a street circuit. A smooth start as my father had advised, but then the sprint to get there first. A determination that, from that moment on, has never stopped.
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