6.05.2024 | Race

Évita Muzic: dazzling on the Vuelta Féminine 2024

The 10th edition of the women’s Vuelta took place from 28 April to 5 May 2024 and included 8 major stages.

STAGE 1 / Valence – Valence (16km)

This emblematic race kicked off on the first day with a 16km team time trial in Valence, where our team was awarded a fine sixth place to start the competition, 9 seconds behind the winning team of this Lidl-Trek stage.

STAGE 2 / Buñol – Moncofa (118km)

The first stage of the women’s Vuelta was marked by an intense battle right from the start. A group of six riders broke away after fifteen kilometres, including Idoia Eraso (laboral kutxa fondation euskadi), Angela Oro (bepink bongioanni), Marine Allione (winspace), Audrey De Keersmaeker (lotto dstny ladies), Valerie Demey (volkerWessels) and Silvia Zanardi (human powered health).

Shortly before the climb to Puerto de L’Oronet, Eraso tried to attack, but the peloton quickly caught up with the breakaway. The climb caused a natural selection within the peloton.

In the final three kilometres, several crashes disrupted the race. Despite these incidents, Alison Jackson managed to win the final sprint, ahead of Blanka Vas, who takes the red leader’s jersey. Amber Kraak distinguished herself by finishing 9th in this demanding first stage.

STAGE 3 / Lucena – Teruel (131km)

Stage 3 of the women’s Vuelta, the 131km stage from Lucena to Teruel, was full of twists and turns. Right from the start, Mireia Benito (AG Insurance – Soudal Team) broke away, building up a maximum lead of five minutes and thirty-nine seconds. The rain made the race even more difficult, causing several crashes. With seven kilometres to go, Benito was caught by the peloton. In the last three kilometres, there was a major crash, disrupting the positions. In the final sprint, Charlotte Kool (dsm-firmenich) launched an attack, but Marianne Vos (visma lease a bike) was well ahead of her to win the stage. Marta Cavalli was not at the start of this stage.

STAGE 4 / Molina d’Aragon – Saragosse (142km)

This stage was marked by windy conditions that made the race very tactical. There were several attacks, but the SD Worx team maintained a high pace, causing the peloton to split. At the foot of La Yunta, the main climb of the day, only nineteen riders were in the lead. With six kilometres to go, Mischa Bredewold (sd worx protime) and Demi Vollering (SD worx protime) tried to attack on a climb, but Kristen Faulkner (EF education cannondale) countered successfully and was never caught again.

STAGE 5 / HuescaJaca (113km)

This fifth stage offered a thrilling spectacle. Lourdes Oyarbide (laboral kutwa fondation euskadi) made the first significant break with fifty-five kilometres to go, but was caught on the climb to the Monasterio de San Juan de la Peña. Four kilometres from the summit, Antonia Niedermaier (Canyon Sram Racing) , Grace Brown (FDJ-SUEZ) and Marlen Reusser (SD worx protime) tried to attack, but without success. With two kilometres to go, Demi Vollering accelerated, followed by Elisa Longo Borghini (lidl trek), Sarah Gigante (AG insurance soudal team) and Yara Kastelijn (Fenix-Deceuninck). But Vollering continued to set the pace, dropping her rivals to win the stage and take the red jersey. Évita Muzic finished an honourable fourth ahead of Sarah Gigante.

STAGE 6 / TarazonaLaguna negra (132,1km)

The smile on Evita’s face as she arrives at the top of Laguna Negra

Stage 6 of the Tour of Spain saw a fierce battle between the breakaways and the peloton, with Evita Muzic taking a stunning victory. In a breakaway consisting of Claudia San Justo (eneicat CMTeam), Laura Molenaar (VolkerWessels), Fauve Bastiaenssen (lotto dstny ladies) and Aurela Nerlo (winspace), the lead reached up to three minutes forty-five seconds.

On the final climb of the Laguna Negra, the Lidl-Trek team set a steady pace, followed by attacks from Grace Brown and Demi Vollering. Despite a breakaway attempt by Kastelijn, the peloton remained vigilant.

In the final sprint, Evita Muzic showed her perseverance by overtaking Demi Vollering just before the finish line to win the stage. This victory moved Evita up to sixth place in the overall classification, just 2 minutes and 42 seconds behind Vollering, after losing time on a curb at the start of the race.

At just 24 years of age, Évita Muzic is celebrating her fifth career victory, consolidating her reputation in the peloton.

«I’m proud of what I’ve done and of the team’s work. »

« I said I would try to attack Vollering. But you had to be able to do it. I took her wheel and did everything I could not to lose her, then to overtake her. This success means a lot ».

“I did well in the places of honour in the Tour of Spain, but I was desperate for victory. This will no doubt give me a bit more confidence”.

Evita Muzic

STAGE 7 / San Esteban de GormazSigüenza (126km)

From San Esteban de Gormaz to Sigüenza over 126km, stage 7 of this vuelta was full of twists and turns. An initial breakaway of seven riders, including Anna Kiesenhofer (Roland) , was caught with sixty-five kilometres to go. The Austrian then countered with eight other riders, but their effort was wiped out by the oncoming wind with forty kilometres to go. The peloton split and then partially reformed. On the final climb, Kristen Faulkner attacked, followed by Marianne Vos and Elisa Longo Borghini. Vos eventually accelerated to victory, confirming his supremacy once again.

STAGE 8 / MadridValdesquí (89km)

A breakaway of thirteen riders formed after twenty-five kilometres. With forty kilometres to go, on the slopes of Puerto de La Morcuera, Sarah Gigante attacked, followed by Brodie Chapman (lidl trek) and Karlijn Swinkels (UAE team ADQ). Pauliena Rooijakkers (Fenix-Deceuninck) tried to break away from the peloton, but Grace Brown caused a general regroupement. Evita Muzic took the lead at the summit, taking the lead in the mountain classification. With six kilometres to go, Demi Vollering attacked and won solo, also taking the mountain classification. The final stage, marked by the ascent of the Col de la Morcuera and the climb to Valdesquí, was decisive. After these eight intense days, Évita Muzic has established herself in the top 5 of the overall rankings.

After an intense series of stages across Spain, and thanks to her consistency and determination, Evita Muzic managed to finish in the top 5 overall, consolidating her reputation among the peloton’s elite. His exploits, particularly his leading role in climbs, augur well for future competitions.