Giorgia Bronzini signs off in style as Ellen van Dijk bags Madrid Challenge 2018 overall

Double world champion Bronzini wins her last race as a professional

Giorgia Bronzini (Cylance) wins her last race as a professional, the 2018 Madrid Challenge (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

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Giorgia Bronzini signed off her 16-year career in perfect style on Sunday, winning the second stage of the Madrid Challenge by La Vuelta. The 35-year-old made her way into a winning 19-woman breakaway mid-way through the 100.3km race, winning the final sprint.

Former world time trial champion Ellen van Dijk won the general classification of the two day event, the bulk of her advantage coming from the opening team time trial stage. There, her Sunweb team put 18 seconds into Wiggle-High5, their nearest rivals, ensuring the team dominated the general classification, with Coryn Rivera second.

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Owen Rogers is an experienced journalist, covering professional cycling and specialising in women's road racing. He has followed races such as the Women's Tour and Giro d'Italia Donne, live-tweeting from Women's WorldTour events as well as providing race reports, interviews, analysis and news stories. He has also worked for race teams, to provide post race reports and communications.