After a challenging day in the Italian heat, Team Sunweb’s Coryn Rivera sprinted to 5th position from the reduced peloton at stage 9 of the Giro Rosa.
Riders rolled out for the penultimate stage from Palinuro this afternoon, for a 122.3 kilometre route to Polla with just one categorised ascent. The day was not as straightforward as the stage profile might suggest, with many riders loosing contact with the peloton during the first half of the stage. Team Sunweb’s Floortje Mackaij was involved in an early breakaway attempt with five other riders. After taking a 50 second advantage the peloton decided it wasn’t a day for a breakaway and reeled them back in. After 90 kilometres had been covered another breakaway trio tried their luck but the group were caught with just 2 kilometres left to race. The race came down to a reduced bunch finish where Coryn Rivera sprinted to 5th place.
After the stage Coryn said: “The girls were great today. We took advantage of a harder potential sprint stage today. We were able to make it over the climbs and go all in for a sprint. The girls were essential in bringing the break back and we were set up well in a hectic final. I lost contact with the team but was able to sprint to 5th.”
“It was a really tough start to the stage where over half of the bunch was dropped, but we were still there with the whole team,” explained Team Sunweb’s Giro Rosa coach Adriaan Helmantel. “Throughout the day the situation was always controlled. We had Floortje in a break but it was brought back and then when another three went clear Rozanne helped in the chase. Our plan for the final was to sprint with Coryn and the team were geared up for that and put her in a good position. Unfortunately they lost each other inside the final metres and 5th was the result. It was a really demanding day, especially with the heat, so we can be pleased with this result.”