Marianne Vos claimed stage 7 of this year’s Giro Rosa today, beating Giorgia Bronzini (Wiggle Honda) and Emma Johansson (Orica-AIS) by several bike lengths in today’s summit finish in Chiavenna, Italy.
Today’s 91.8 kilometer stage took the peloton to Lombardia, after a long transfer from San Fior last night.
The greatest challenge in today’s stage, occurred almost immediately after the start, wherein riders faced a 5.4 kilometer, category 2 climb up to Teglio. Emma Pooley (Lotto-Belisol) was the first rider to crest the climb, subsequently taking the the mountains classification jersey from Orica-AIS’s Valentina Scandolara.
Following the climb, the peloton split in half, with a breakaway group of seven riders containing Jessie Daams (Boels-Dolmans), Scandolara, Annemiek van Vleuten, Tayler Wiles (Specialized-Lululemon), Linda Villumsen (Wiggle Honda), Tatiana Antoshina (Rusvelo) and Katrin Garfoot (Orica-AIS), managing to ride clear for most of the day.
However, with 16 kilometers remaining, the escapees were caught, mostly under the fierce determination of Shelley Olds and her Alé-Cipollini team.
The final 800 meters involved an uphill drag, with Vos setting a vigorous pace that served to hold off her rivals to the finish.
Vos continues to lead the overall classification by 54 seconds over her teammate Pauline Ferrand-Prevot, while Elisa Longo Borghini sits in third at 1:03 behind Vos.
Meanwhile, last year’s winner, Mara Abbott, remains in sixth place at 3:08 back.
The Giro Rosa continues tomorrow, with a 90.3 kilometer stage from Verbania to San Domenico di Varzo, with a 13 kilometer summit finish.
Top 20 Finishers
1 Marianne Vos (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team 2:36:43 2 Giorgia Bronzini (Ita) Wiggle Honda 3 Emma Johansson (Swe) Orica AIS 4 Pauline Ferrand Prevot (Fra) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team 5 Shelley Olds (USA) Ale’ Cipollini Galassia 6 Anna Van Der Breggen (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team 7 Annemiek Van Vleuten (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team 8 Daiva Tuslaite (Ltu) Forno D’asolo Astute 9 Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Hitec Products 10 Megan Guarnier (USA) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team 11 Ewelina Szybiak (Pol) Vaiano Fondriest 12 Katarzyna Pawlowska (Pol) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team 13 Maria Giulia Confalonieri (Ita) Estado De Mexico Faren 14 Trixi Worrack (Ger) Specialized Lululemon 15 Soraya Paladin (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo 16 Eugenia Bujak (Pol) Btc City Ljubljana 17 Claudia Häusler (Ger) Team Giant Shimano 18 Ashleigh Moolman Pasio (RSA) Hitec Products 19 Alena Amialiusik (Blr) Astana Bepink Womens Team 20
General classification after stage 7
1 Marianne Vos (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team 20:39:52 2 Pauline Ferrand Prevot (Fra) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team 0:00:54 3 Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Hitec Products 0:01:03 4 Anna Van Der Breggen (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team 0:02:20 5 Claudia Häusler (Ger) Team Giant Shimano 0:02:24 6 Mara Abbott (USA) Unitedhealthcare Professional Cycling 0:03:08 7 Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Pol) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team 0:04:51 8 Annemiek Van Vleuten (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team 0:06:19 9 Emma Johansson (Swe) Orica AIS 0:06:24 10 Megan Guarnier (USA) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team 0:06:28 11 Ashleigh Moolman Pasio (RSA) Hitec Products 0:06:36 12 Tetiana Riabchenko (Ukr) S.C. Michela Fanini Rox 0:08:16 13 Fabiana Luperini (Ita) Estado De Mexico Faren 0:09:51 14 Jessie Daams (Bel) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team 0:10:00 15 Evelyn Stevens (USA) Specialized Lululemon 0:10:28 16 Emma Pooley (GBr) Lotto Belisol Ladies 0:10:29 17 Tatiana Antoshina (Rus) Rusvelo 0:10:35 18 Alena Amialiusik (Blr) Astana Bepink Womens Team 0:10:36 19 Lucinda Brand (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team 0:11:05 20 Mayuko Hagiwara (Jpn) Wiggle Honda 0:11:30 Jolien D’horre (Bel) Lotto Belisol Ladies
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