Emma Pooley won stage 6 of this year’s Giro Rosa today, after a successful late attack on the final climb of the day, the Salita die Carbonai, that gave the British rider an enough of a gap to hold off her rivals during the long descent to San Fior – to claim a solo victory.
Meanwhile, Marianne Vos retained her hold on the overall race lead, with a 45 second advantage over her teammate – Pauline Ferrand-Prévot.
“I am really quite emotional,” Pooley told the media. “It was such an incredibly hard day. I feel so happy. It was a really good day.”
“The Lotto-Belisol team did a brilliant job to position me at that the foot of the climb. It was like a Mur de Huy type climb. I don’t think Rabo-Liv expected this. I think they expected us to wait until the longer climb. The team really did a brilliant job.”
“I didn’t expect them to chase me down so hard. I am no threat in the GC.” “But the gap went down from two minutes to a few seconds. I really thought I wouldn’t make it. When you see the finish picture they really came close. This is all very emotional.”
Stage 6 Results
1. Emma Pooley (GBr) Lotto-Belisol, 3:05:46 2. Anna van der Breggen (Ned) Rabobank-Liv, + 00:15 3. Marianne Vos (Ned) Rabo-Liv, s.t. 4. Pauline Ferrand-Prévot (Fra) Rabobank-Liv, s.t. 5. Claudia Lichtenberg Häusler (Ger) Liv-Shimano, s.t. 6. Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Hitc Products, s.t. 7. Mara Abbott (USA) UnitedHealthcare, s.t. 8. Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Pol) Rabobnk-Liv, + 01:06 9. Annemiek van Vleuten (Ned) Rabo-Liv, + 04:19 10. Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (RSA) Hitec Products, s.t.
General Classification After Stage 6
1. Marianne Vos (Ned) Rabobank-Liv, 18:03:19 2. Pauline Ferrand-Prévot (Fra) Rabobank-Liv, + 00:45 3. Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Hitec Products, + 00:53 4. Anna van der Breggen (Ned) Rabobank-Liv, + 02:12 5. Claudia Häusler (Ger) Liv-Shimano, + 02:58 6. Mara Abbott (USA) UnitedHealthcare, + 04:41 7. Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Pol) Rabobnk-Liv, + 06:09 8. Annemiek van Vleuten (Ned) Rabo-Liv, + 06:18 9. Emma Johansson (Swe) ORICA-AIS, s.t. 10. Megan Guarnier (USA) Boels-Dolmans, + 06:26
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