Race report

Liane Lippert 4th on steep and punchy finish climb

Giro d'Italia Internazionale Femminile

The Giro Rosa peloton were faced with the longest stage of the race, and one that could have played it out in several different ways. Rolling out from the town of Santa Fiora, several climbs lay ahead of the peloton in the opening half of the day. Despite a few testing attacks, no group was able to get away, with the peloton feeling the efforts of yesterday’s very difficult stage in their legs.

As a result, the bunch stayed together throughout the afternoon and the focus turned towards the incredibly steep finish into Assisi and the run in to it. Working well together, the team brought Liane Lippert into a great position as the fight at the front of the bunch intensified, before the stinging gradients took their hold. Lippert followed the attacks at the front, showing her good kick and abilities on the short climbs by taking an impressive and punchy fourth place finish at the line.

“Today was a long stage at almost 140 kilometres,” expressed Lippert after the stage. “The start was really hard, it was always up and down with a lot of climbs, but we were riding well together as a collective. Nothing crazy happened because I think everyone was struggling a little bit with the heat, and no one really attacked. Yesterday was also a hard day and everyone was really tired today – you could really feel it in the bunch. Then there was a long flat part, which was a moment to relax and get new bottles. After that we focused on the lead out and the girls went all-in for me, for the stage. The girls did a really great job. We did almost the perfect lead out and we were exactly where we wanted to be. I was just behind Floortje going onto the climb and I could follow the attacks. From the bottom it was full gas and I just followed the fastest rider. Longo Boghini attacked again and I tried to follow, but she then exploded, and I came close to her but the climb was just not long enough to come back to the podium. Fourth place was the best possible result and I gave it my all. The team did a really great job protecting me all day. We didn’t give up even after a hard day yesterday, we kept the fighting spirit and today was definitely a much better day.”

Team Sunweb coach Albert Timmer added: “We had two options today; to be in the break or go for the uphill sprint with Liane. It was a hard start but nothing happened in the end, with the peloton all together, so we changed our focus to go with Liane for the finish. We had a good plan for the lead out into the climb and we followed that perfectly. In the end it was up to Liane to go for a result at the finish, where she was fourth in the sprint which was the best we could do. It was a much better day for us today.”

Results

Pos. Rider Team Time Points
1 VOS Marianne CCC - Liv 3:53:34 50
2 LUDWIG Cecilie Uttrup FDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope 0:02 40
3 LONGO BORGHINI Elisa Trek-Segafredo Women 0:05 30