Race report

Liane Lippert 8th and Floortje Mackaij 10th on punchy finish circuit

Giro d'Italia Internazionale Femminile

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.

“We rode really well as as a team today,” explained Lippert after the stage. “We had Alison in the break which was very good for us as we could relax a bit more in the bunch. After the first time on the local lap we caught her group back so then we focused on positioning me for the final climb. The girls did a really good job there in bringing me into the climb in the perfect position. The attacks started right away and I was able to follow the best five riders. To be able to go with them on a climb like that makes me really happy. They stopped riding and a bigger group, including Floortje, came back to us. Floortje and me covered attacks and later we just focused on the final. The final itself was very hectic and there was this massive crash so I lost Floortje’s wheel a bit. That meant I wasn’t fast enough into the last corner and couldn’t sprint for a podium anymore. Overall though, we really went for it and raced hard today, and everyone did an awesome job.”

Team Sunweb coach Albert Timmer added: “We had Alison in the break during the day in a group of five, which was good for us and she was brought back at the top of the climb on the local lap. Our goal for today was to put Liane in a good position, and we did that really well in the finale. Liane went away with some of the best riders in the world on the last climb. Afterwards, another group came back with Floortje in it so we wanted to go into the last corner in first and second position. We did a really good job at that as Floortje led round the corner but unfortunately there was a crash in the final kilometre. Liane didn’t go down but the riders behind touched her back wheel and she lost a lot of speed for the finish. It’s a bit of a shame with the bad luck, as in general I think we did another good race again today.”

Results

Pos. Rider Team Time Points
1 KOPECKY Lotte Lotto Soudal Ladies 2:52:12 50
2 DEIGNAN Elizabeth Trek-Segafredo Women 0:02 40
3 NIEWIADOMA Katarzyna Canyon SRAM Racing 0:03 30