Race report

Breakaway takes spoils while Brand stays 4th on GC and Labous retains white jersey

Giro d'Italia Internazionale Femminile

Today saw the peloton faced with the longest stage of the race: 133 kilometres from Vittorio Veneto to Maniago. The trend of aggressive racing at this year’s Giro Rosa continued from the flag drop, with several teams and riders attempting to make the break over the rolling terrain. One of the most active riders was Leah Kirchmann who made several incarnations of the breakaway, before they were all brought back by the peloton.

The race was all together as the first categorised climb of the day loomed in the distance. On the ascent the pace was really high and the peloton would explode to bits, with race leader Van Vleuten attacking and getting clear. However, once onto the descent and valley roads after the climb there would be a general regroupment, with Juliette Labous and Lucinda Brand both in the front group. Some more riders made it back on and a new counter attack group formed at the head of the race, which would ultimately go on to fight for the stage win. Brand and Labous finished with the main group behind, with Brand holding onto fourth place in GC and Labous retaining the best young rider’s jersey.

“The start was very fast with a lot of attacks which Floortje, Leah and Julia always covered but the bunch didn’t let them go,” explained Labous. “On the first climb it was steep and the pace was high from the start. Annemiek van Vleuten attacked early and the race split, with a group of around eight riders, including Lucinda, chasing. I was a little bit further behind with some other riders. It all came back together before the second climb and I followed attacks, but unfortunately missed the one that went to the finish line. I tried to attack on the climb itself but it was a bit too late. In the final 25 kilometres nobody wanted to ride and there was one dangerous rider in the break, so I rode at the front of the peloton to keep the gap close. The other big teams waited until the last five kilometres to help so in the end the gap was quite big when we crossed the line. We are all in safely though and ready for the last two stages!”

Results

Pos. Rider Team Time Points
1 BANKS Elizabeth Bigla Pro Cycling 3:38:17 25
2 THOMAS Leah Bigla Pro Cycling 0:30 20
3 PALADIN Soraya Alé Cipollini ,, 18