|Vietnamese cyclist Nguyen Thi That (first from right)|
Of the competitors, she was the sole Asian representative at the tournament.
The 25-year-old, wearing her team’s jersey, Lotto Soudal Ladies of Belgium, recorded an impressive debut as she finished in third place with a time of 02:08:19 in the 88.5 km long race.
Her teammate, Kopecky, achieved a first place finish.
This year, the Vuelta a la Comunitat Valenciana Feminas has attracted the participation of 114 cyclists from 19 teams across the world.
Her team will now stay in Spain to compete in another professional tournament, which is scheduled to take place between March 21 and 23.
In 2019, that is targeting a gold medal in the upcoming SEA Games and a place in the 2020 Olympics.