Sports director Mikhail Rostovtsev said: “The second of the three one-day races was all mountains, the final climb measured no less than 23 km. The girls have never ridden passes that long this time of the year. Tactically the team did a flawless job putting Olga and Elena in the best possible position. Taking into consideration the race profile we can be rather happy with the outcome”.
Finally, on Saturday the Russian squad was up against a mountain test of a breathtaking downhill from the start and a 15 km-long steep climb to the finish in Zaragoza, with a windy coastal line in between. Olga Zabelinskaya enjoyed the full support of the team again and managed to stay in the leading group until the very end, stepping up once more on the podium. The Belorussian champion Alena Amialiusik launched the final attack just two kilometers to go and finished alone with 22 seconds gap ahead of the RusVelo rider; Mara Abbott who came with fresh legs the day before, didn’t have this advantage this time and rounded off the podium trio.