Race report

Lucinda Brand sprints to 6th in tricky uphill finale

Giro d'Italia Internazionale Femminile

Stage three of the Giro Rosa today saw the peloton continue the tradition at this year’s edition of the race, with the third uphill finish in a row. Compared to yesterday’s testing opening climb, the riders instead today faced a technical descent for the opening twenty kilometres which resulted in some fast racing and lots of action.

Eventually a breakaway duo was able to escape but they were brought back with over 60 kilometres remaining, before a solo rider hit out alone and got a gap. Their advantage grew over the rolling parcours, with the peloton looking at each other as to who should chase. Inside the last 30 kilometres of the stage, the route headed mostly upwards; with a few steep sections of road. With only one rider ahead, there were two bonus seconds available at the intermediate sprint and the team worked well to set up Lucinda Brand; who duly delivered by taking second place and the valuable two bonus seconds that came with it.

Just like yesterday’s stage, everything came back together on the final climb to the line and new attacks flew from the bunch. It looked as if one of those late attacks was going to hold on for the win but stage winner, Vos, flew out from the very reduced peloton to take the victory. Brand continued her good form with a strong sixth place on the tricky uphill climb to the line, while Juliette Labous maintained her lead in the young rider’s jersey.

“The beginning of the stage was actually pretty difficult because there were a lot of attacks and it was technical, but the girls did a good job marking the groups and nothing really got away,” explained Brand. “The team kept Juliette and I in a good position and I was even able to take some bonus seconds in the intermediate sprint. We had a really good lead out into the last difficult part and on the climb Floortje and Leah were strong to help us. Towards the finish it was not really controlled but the pace kept going up and we just caught Kennedy before the line, so there were no time differences. I think we did a good job today and we’re happy with that.”

Team Sunweb coach Nicholas Marched added: “The team rode really well in support of Lucinda and Juliette, doing a good job throughout the stage. We were always in a great position and were attentive at the front of the peloton. Lucinda managed to take two bonus seconds in the intermediate sprint which was great, and she also finished a solid sixth on the stage. Juliette also finished well and holds onto the white jersey going into tomorrow’s stage. It wasn’t a win for us, but the team were perfect today and we’re looking forward to the next days.”

Results

Pos. Rider Team Time Points
1 VOS Marianne CCC - Liv 2:49:11 25
2 KENNEDY Lucy Mitchelton-Scott ,, 20
3 LUDWIG Cecilie Uttrup Bigla Pro Cycling ,, 18