Team Sunweb keep both the overall lead and young rider lead within the team, as the jerseys swap shoulders, with Lucinda Brand the new race leader and Juliette Labous taking over the young rider classification lead.
With the first Maglia Rosa of the race on the shoulders of Ellen van Dijk after Team Sunweb’s victory in the team time trial yesterday, the remained tucked in the compact bunch for the second stage of the Giro Rosa. Leah Kirchmann and Lucinda Brand mopped up some points at the intermediate sprint, placing first and second respectively.
With 68 kilometres to go an attack took two riders forward to open up a three minute advantage over the bunch. The peloton allowed their lead to stabilise at the three minute mark, before bringing them back in the final kilometres. The peloton regrouped in time for a bunch kick to the line with Lucinda in prime position to take over the race lead. Another shifting of jerseys within the team saw Juliette Labous taking over the young rider lead from Liane Lippert.
Lucinda said: ““Today was a hard day in the sun, but I think that was the same for everyone. We did a really good job defending the jerseys and keeping them within the team, which was our goal for the day. It’s really nice to wear the leaders jersey in a race such as this.”
Team Sunweb coach Hans Timmermans said: “Today was a 120 kilometre stage with 30 degree heat making the day really tough. Two riders were in the break for 70 kilometres and we worked to keep the gap at a reasonable distance. After a good day Lucinda takes over the pink jersey and Juliette the young riders jersey, meaning we met our goal of keeping the jerseys in the team which is great.”