Team Sunweb’s fast finisher at the Giro Rosa, Coryn Rivera, took an impressive second place after a close-fought finale at the sixth stage of the Italian race. The American sprinter bounced back from a crash yesterday to double her Giro podium tally.
Today’s stage presented a flatter profile than yesterday’s time trial, though each lap still incorporated a sharp hill just five kilometres from the finish, making it an important obstacle in the build-up to the finale. Sweltering heat added to the challenge, as the riders negotiated four laps of a 29.5 kilometre circuit. The first lap was completed at an average speed of over 40km/h, which was a sign of things to come as the race heated up.
A number of small attacks tried to break clear of the peloton, but very few were allowed more than fifteen seconds advantage. The most dangerous attack came on the final lap, with three strong riders gaining a margin of 45 seconds, however they were reeled in by a charging bunch with just ten kilometres remaining. The final ascent of the climb saw several riders attack with little success, leaving the race to finish in a bunch sprint. Coryn unleashed a strong sprint to take the second step on the podium after a tight finish.
There was little change in the GC battle, while Floortje Mackaij maintained her grip on the white jersey of best young rider.
Coryn gave her thoughts on a successful day: “It was a stage well suited to my strengths and the team did well getting together to go for the win today. In the final, I had Lucinda as my right-hand woman for the final straight. It was a clean lead-out but I just got rolled at the line. It’s great to be on the podium again, but it only makes us more hungry for a win.”
Team Sunweb Coach Adriaan Helmantel also gave his view on the stage, saying: ” We wanted to have a hard final, but in the end the climb was just was not hard enough, even with the high pace. The girls put Coryn and Lucinda in a good position at the top and Lucinda and Coryn could move up in the descent. So, actually, the plan worked out almost perfect, but that in the end makes the difference between first and second.”