South Africa’s top professional bicyclist, Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio, began her final season on the road with a third-place finish at the Strade Bianche Donne race in Tuscany, Italy on Saturday, 5 March 2022.
Moolman-Pasio reached the finish line in 03:59:24, 10 seconds behind second place Annemiek van Vleuten, while her SD Worx teammate, Lotte Kopecky claimed first prize on the day.
Speaking on her achievement on her Instagram account, the 36-year-old says: “Today the team was on fire riding with @amypieters in our hearts!
“So happy to start my final season with @teamsdworx on a high and with this special team of strong women.”
In February, Moolman-Pasio posted news that 2022 would be her final season as a pro cyclist as she shifts focus to her business – Rocacorba Cycling and Rocacorba Collective – and to continue help grow women’s cycling.
Leading Results at the Strade Bianche Donne Race Results on Saturday, 5 March 2022:
1. Lotte Kopecky 03:59:14
2. Annemiek van Vleuten 03:59:14
3. Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio 03:59:24
4. Katarzyna Niewiadoma 03:59:33
5. Cecilie Ludwig 03:59:38
6. Elise Chabbey 03:59:42
7. Marianne Vos 03:59:43
8. Elisa Longo Borghini 03:59:43
9. Shirin van Anrooij 03:59:48
10. Silvia Persico 03:59:48
Photo 1 Caption: South Africa’s top professional bicyclist, Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (pictured right), began her final season on the road with a third-place finish at the Strade Bianche Donne race in Tuscany, Italy on Saturday, 5 March 2022. Photo: Team SD Worx (Twitter)