Race report

Race against the clock sees 4th and 5th for Lucinda Brand and Juliette Labous

GIRO D'ITALIA INTERNAZIONALE FEMMINILE

The action in Italy continued today for Team Sunweb with the sixth stage of the Giro Rosa taking place between Chiuro and Teglio. A 12.1 kilometre time trial, the parcours retained typical Giro Rosa style with the route being entirely uphill, tasking riders with a constant average incline of around seven percent.

White jersey holder Juliette Labous demonstrated an impressive display of strength and skill over the course to put in a solid time, stopping the clock at 26 minutes and 25 seconds, earning her a brief stint in the hot seat before her time was later bested.

Lucinda Brand continued to show her solid form after her second place on yesterday’s queen stage, quickly settling into a seamless rhythm to finish the day’s difficulties in 26 minutes and 21 seconds.

With all riders across the line, the duo eventually finished in an impressive 4th and 5th place respectively, with Juliette retaining her lead in the young riders classification.

After the stage, Lucinda said: “Today wasn’t necessarily a bad time trial, but I can’t help but feel dissatisfied with this. The time differences are too big and I am 100 percent sure that I can do better. The result isn’t bad, but I want to do more than that and that’s exactly what I’m going to try to do over the next days.”

Juliette said: “I started the TT and directly felt good, but I knew it was 11 kilometres of climbing so I focused on my power and the team’s pacing plan. I followed it through the whole climb and gave everything in the last three kilometres when it became a bit more flat. When I crossed the line and I had the first time, I didn’t really believe it. In the end a 5th place is really incredible for me. I am super happy and proud! Also a strong place from Lucinda, it is going to be exciting (and hard) until the end of this Giro!”

Team Sunweb coach Nicolas Marche added: “Today was an important day for the GC, although Lucinda is disappointed with the gaps she still did a good time trial and confirmed her good form. She took precious seconds on a few riders for the final podium and shows she is now really in the game for it. Juliette was also really strong and keeps the young riders jersey, rounding out a very good day for us. The Giro is still long so we’ll keep going how we are going and hope for more success.”

Results

Pos. Rider Team Time Points
1 VAN VLEUTEN Annemiek Mitchelton-Scott 24:32 25
2 VAN DER BREGGEN Anna Boels - Dolmans Cycling Team 0:52 20
3 LONGO BORGHINI Elisa Trek-Segafredo Women 1:48 18