One of the things I love about women’s cycling is how the peloton refuse to stick to the script! Stage 3 of the Giro Rosa was touted as one for the sprinters, but of course the riders had other ideas, and a break of 8 got away – Lucinda Brand (Rabo-Liv) Elena Cecchini (Lotto Soudal), Mayuko Hagiwara (Wiggle Honda), Malgorzata Jasinska (Alé Cipollini), Claudia Lichtenberg (Liv-Plantur), Chiara Pierobon (Top Girls Fassa Bortolo), Loren Rowney (Velocio-SRAM), Valentina Scandolara (ORICA AIS) and Daiva Tuslaite (Inpa Sottoli Giusfredi) – with Brand, who finished on the podium twice so far, and had a day in the maglia rosa, and former Giro winner Lichtenberg, who needed to make up lost time, that was a serious threat… and 5 national champions out of 9, that was impressive! (Thanks Bidone Jack for that factoid!) Would they make it to the end, or would the sprinters’ teams take back one of the rare flat stages? Watch the 10 minute and hour-long highlights and find out! (If you don’t have much time, fast forward to to last 15-20 mins of the hour-long, as it gets really attacky)
Road-side video at the finish-line
More highlights and video to follow, but lots more to read, look at and watch below!
1. Lucinda Brand (Ned) Rabo-Liv, 3:17:57
2. Valentina Scandolara (Ita) ORICA-AIS, s.t.
3. Elena Cecchini (Ita) Lotto Soudal, s.t.
4. Loren Rowney (Aus) Velocio-SRAM, s.t.
5. Mayuko Hagiwara (Jpn), s.t.
6. Daiva Tuslaite (Ltu) Inpa Sottoli Giusfredi, s.t.
7. Malgorzata Jasinska (Pol) Alé Cipollini, s.t.
8. Claudia Lichtenberg (Ger) Liv-Plantur, s.t.
9. Chiara Pierobon (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo, + 00:10
10. Annalisa Cucinotta (Ita) Alé Cipollini, + 01:15
Here’s a great visual of what happened in today’s race, via Het is koers
— Het is koers! (@hetiskoers) July 6, 2015
Stage report with rider quotes on Ella CyclingTips – and gorgeous photos from Balint Hamvas on Cyclephotos.co.uk and by Sean on Velofocus. I especially love all the backstage moments, though Balint’s photos of riders in the break are lovely too. Photos on the race facebook too.
Rider diaries from Tiffany Cromwell and Lizzie Williams on Ella Cycling Tips – and race reports from Rabo-Liv, ORICA-AIS, and Wiggle Honda (I don’t understand why, but tons of big teams aren’t putting up race reports this year and doing less tweeting than normal. It’s really weird to me, I am genuinely baffled)
My short Q&A with Jessie Walker on racing her first Giro, and what it was like to be the top British rider on Stage 3 – and my Q&A with Elena Cecchini on her first Giro podium, and the secrets behind her 2015 improvement.
Tweets I liked
Wiggle Honda’s Stage 3 video
So what’ll Stage 4 be like? Here’s Velofocus’ profile, & the Giro’s video
As always, tell me if there are thing you liked that I’ve missed, here or on twitter – and here’s my guide to following the race as it happens, and watching the highlights stream. If you want to listen to Dan and me preview the Giro, here’s our latest podcast.