Emma Langley takes Joe Martin overall win
Squad also wins team classification
After four days of racing, including a time trial and a crit, Emma Langley has won the general classification at the Joe Martin Stage Race. Thanks to strong riding from the entire team, the team also took the team classification.
“We didn’t come in with a specific GC leader, “ Emma says. “We knew that any of the five of us could win it. It was just going to be a matter of seeing who was where on GC and having as many options as possible. I just feel really, really ecstatic that I get to wear the jersey on behalf of the whole team. It’s really special. US racing will always have a place in my heart and I’ve never won a UCI stage race so this is just absolutely awesome. ”
“Emma set herself up with enough time in the GC to put us in a really good position today so having to control the crit today was a lot easier than having to go on the attack,” says teammate Sara Poidevin. “We put in a really solid team effort today and we were able to control it. Emma finished it off so it’s been a good day and a good week.”
"I just feel really, really ecstatic that I get to wear the jersey on behalf of the whole team."
“Thank you so much to my team, riders and staff and all of EF Education-TIBCO-SVB. Riding on this team is a dream and to get to wear a leader’s jersey on behalf of the team is absolutely a dream come true,” Emma says.
Emma appreciates how far she has come in just her third season as a professional cyclist. “I remember when I first started riding I was following this race, following all the big teams, following Lauren Stephens. Now I get to be her teammate and have her lead me to an overall win. It’s really awesome.”
The entire team performed strongly throughout the race. Clara Honsinger placed third on the time trial stage and the team had multiple riders in the top ten on all four stages, ultimately netting the squad the team classification.
“It was a great day here and it was a good day in Burgos as well with Krista getting 4th so I think the team is starting to really find its feet,” says Rachel Hedderman, EF Education-TIBCO-SVB general manager. “It’s really about keeping the momentum going now. I think once the riders have the confidence that they can do it, things start to grow from there.”
Now that the race has wrapped up, Emma already has her sights on her next goal. Along with teammates Emily Newsom and Lauren Stephens, Emma will spend three days riding from Fayetteville, Arkansas to Dallas, Texas.
“We’re really looking forward to this bike packing trip,” says Emma. “It’s kind of like three more stages of Joe Martin,” she laughs.