The penultimate stage of the race, and the biggest mountain stage this year – just what we like! And it was action all the way up that climb, and a return to a competition we haven’t seen since 2010…. so who WOULD be crowned the best climber in the peloton?
My race report is over on Podium Café, and I have a Q&A with 2 of the major players, but I’ll put that below the videos so it’s not a spoiler….. Here’s the race highlights, with interviews (including Mara Abbott and Emma Pooley in English)
and here’s the hour of tv coverage, including most of that final climb
1. Emma Pooley (GBr) Lotto-Belisol, 2:32:49, + 10″ bonifications
2. Mara Abbott (USA) UnitedHealthcare, + 00:05, + 6″ bonis
3. Anna van der Breggen (Ned) Rabobank-Liv, + 00:29, + 4″ bonis
4. Pauline Ferrand-Prévot (Fra) Rabobank-Liv, + 00:53, + 3″ bonis
5. Megan Guarnier (USA) Boels-Dolmans, + 01:27
6. Marianne Vos (Ned) Rabobank-Liv, + 01:28
7. Claudia Häusler (Ger) Liv-Shimano, + 01:53, + 2″ bonis
8. Annemiek van Vleuten (Ned) Rabo-Liv, s.t.
9. Tetyana Riabchenko (Ukr) Michela Fanini, + 01:58
10. Emma Johansson (Swe) ORICA-AIS, + 02:01
I was lucky enough to be able to ask some questions to riders after the race – to winner Emma Pooley, 5th placed Megan Guarnier, who attacked on the last climb, and first-time Giro rider Hannah Barnes – read it on Podium Café. And if you wondered why Pooley won….
1. Marianne Vos (Ned) Rabobank-Liv, 20:39:52
2. Pauline Ferrand-Prévot (Fra) Rabobank-Liv, + 00:16
3. Anna van der Breggen (Ned) Rabobank-Liv, + 01:17
4. Mara Abbott (USA) UnitedHealthcare, + 01:39
5. Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Hitec Products, + 01:46
6. Claudia Häusler (Ger) Liv-Shimano, + 02:47
7. Megan Guarnier (USA) Boels-Dolmans, + 06:27
8. Annemiek van Vleuten (Ned) Rabo-Liv, + 06:44
9. Emma Johansson (Swe) ORICA-AIS, + 06:57
10. Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Pol) Rabobnk-Liv, + 07:10
There are the usual excellent rider blogs describing how the day felt from riders who aren’t 1-2-3 in GC – Tiffany Cromwell’s, on CyclingTips, and Chloe Hosking’s, on her (superb) blog. And I loved Velofocus’ photos of the stage, especially the podium shenanigans!
I think the Giro might have got to the Wiggle Honda staff, as they’d lost the plot!