Rolling out from the town of Nola this afternoon, the peloton were faced with an interesting and varied parcours, that featured several climbs and lots of flat roads. After some initial action at the front of the race, a breakaway duo managed to escape and build up their advantage.
As the kilometres ticked by, the gap to the duo started to decrease. Sensing a good opportunity to attack over one of the many dragging roads, Alison Jackson went clear with two other riders. Collaborating well, they soon bridged to those out front, forming a strong group of five that led the peloton by two minutes and 30 seconds with 35 kilometres to go.
Heading towards the finish circuit which featured a testing four kilometre long climb, their gap started to dwindle and there were more attacks on the ascent. Novolodskaia went clear at the head of the race, building up an advantage of just over one minute on the peloton as the race entered the last 20 kilometres, with Jackson and the rest of the breakaway back in the bunch.
Over the last passage of the climb the pace was incredibly strong, with Liane Lippert riding well to make the initial front split of seven. However, the pace lulled on the run in to the finish and more riders came back to the head of the race, including Floortje Mackaij. On the hectic sprint to the line, Lippert was first home for the team in eighth place, with Mackaij not too far behind in tenth – another good day of racing for the team at the Giro Rosa.