Race report

Juliette Labous claims brilliant 3rd place from Giro Rosa breakaway

Giro d'Italia Internazionale Femminile

The final stage of the Giro Rosa saw the riders take on a testing circuit around Motta Montecorvino and the surrounding area. Centred around one climb, it meant that there were hardly any flat roads along the route, with the peloton either ascending or descending throughout the day.

Once out of the neutralised zone the pace was on, and there were multiple attacks at the front where the team were incredibly active. Eventually the elastic snapped and a large group went clear which featured Alison Jackson, Juliette Labous and Coryn Rivera. The trio worked well alongside their breakaway companions and began to extend the gap over the chasing peloton.

Over the climb, an attack saw the group thin down, with Labous and Rivera riding well to make the front selection. It became a race of attrition as the tempo continued to increase and as the race hit the climb for a final time the break had enough of an advantage to fight it out for the stage win.

On the final climb the pace was high from the bottom as the team’s with numbers set a really strong tempo. Labous dug deep to follow those at the front, fighting all the way to the line where she sprinted to a brilliant third place at the finish – her first ever World Tour podium.

“It was a really hard last stage,” expressed Labous after the stage. “From the start there were a lot of attacks and I got into a good group with Coryn and Alison. The group wasn’t working too well together and we didn’t know the time gaps, but Coryn did a great job of keeping me safe. Alison then went back to the bunch later to help Liane. At the third passage of the finish climb there were attacks and I could follow them quite easily. Towards the final climb the FDJ girls just went really hard from the bottom onwards so I really had to dig deep. After all of the work from the girls I really wanted to finish it off in a nice way with a podium or stage. Third is really nice because it’s my first podium at WorldTour level, so I’m really happy and I’m thankful for the girls. I would have liked to have taken the win but the other two riders were stronger and I couldn’t launch my sprint earlier because they were really going hard. I’m not frustrated because of that I’m just happy with my podium, and I hope next time I’ll be able to go for the win when I get my chance.”

Results

Pos. Rider Team Time Points
1 MUZIC Évita FDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope 3:16:30 50
2 FISHER-BLACK Niamh Équipe Paule Ka ,, 40
3 LABOUS Juliette Team Sunweb ,, 30