Published on Apr 29, 2019 by Tom Owen


Erica Magnaldi (WNT-Rotor Pro Cycling) returned to Italy with "amazing memories" from California. She returns to the Amgen Tour of California Women’s Race empowered with SRAM with new ambitions.

Erica Magnaldi is climbing the ladders of professional cycling as fast as she made her way up to Lake Tahoe, a year ago, establishing herself as one of the most exciting talents taking on Californian roads. At the time, the Italian rider was a rookie who had just turned professional, and her fourth place on the queen stage as well as the general classification of the Amgen Tour of California Women’s Race empowered with SRAM makes for “an amazing memory”. And she’s now getting ready for more success in California.

 “It was my first time in America and it was wonderful”, Erica Magnaldi reflects now. “Everything was amazing and I really loved Lake Tahoe! The thing I remember the most about my time in California is that everything seems to be bigger. Also, the race was very well organized, the places and hotels where we stayed were beautiful. That’s why I’m looking forward to coming back.”

“The course was very good for me because I’m good in long climbs and the climb to Lake Tahoe was very long”, the Italian rider explains before diving into everlasting memories: “I will always remember the finale at Lake Tahoe. I was with Kasia (Katarzyna Niewiadoma), and until last year she was an idol, I couldn’t imagine to be there. Fighting with her for third… I was so close, and she was next to me and I was thinking maybe I can win this sprint but in the end of the race I didn’t. Still, 4th was a great result.”

This year, Erica Magnaldi won’t enjoy a return to Lake Tahoe, but the three stages of the 2019 Amgen Tour of California Women’s Race empowered with SRAM (May 16-18) still offer plenty of climbing for her to shine. “I really like the course”, she says. “The second stage (an unprecedented summit finish atop Mt. Baldy) looks very hard, I love it. I want to use my energy a little bit better over there. I’ve learned to spare my energy. I’m not yet like the best riders but maybe I can have more energy for the final climbs.”

“I try to learn something in every race”, the 26 year-old climber says, hoping her development can bring her even more success in California: “I was very happy with my fourth place… Podium is always better! I’ll do my best.”

Erica Magnaldi will face these ambitions flying new colours, as she moved to WNT-Rotor Pro Cycling team this winter. “We are very strong and we can try to achieve a great result together”, she says. “I have a new kind of support and that also makes me look forward to the race with new hopes.”

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Tom Owen

Tom Owen is a cycling writer who has worked with some of the cycling world's biggest media brands, covering everything from the top levels of the professional sport to bikepacking adventures in the Balkans.