Half-way through the Giro Rosa, and the women’s peloton are hugely relieved to be out of the oven-like flatlands and into the cooler hills… ready for the first uphill finish of the race. After a bad start with crashes in the neutral zone, the stage was full of attacks and breaks and catches, right up to the finish. With a break having “stolen” a flat finish perfect for bunch sprinters on Stage 3, could a group “steal” this one for the escape artists? And would the first uphill finish change the General Classification? Watch the highlights and find out…
Hour long video
Highlights from the race organisers
1. Pauline Ferrand-Prévot (Fra) Rabo-Liv, 3:16:28
2. Megan Guarnier (USA) Boels Dolmans, + 00:01
3. Anna van der Breggen (Ned) Rabo-Liv, s.t.
4. Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Pol) Rabo-Liv, s.t.
5. Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (RSA) Bigla, s.t.
6. Alena Amialiusik (Blr) Velocio-SRAM, s.t.
7. Lucinda Brand (Ned) Rabo-Liv, s.t.
8. Sabrina Stultiens (Ned) Liv-Plantur, s.t.
9. Thalita de Jong (Ned) Rabo-Liv, s.t.
10. Flavia Oliveira Parks (Bra) Alé Cipollini, s.t.
I won the Aprica stage in Giro today. Thanks to my amazing teammates for all the hard work, but also thanks to the #RaboLiv staff. Je remporte l'étape en haut de la montée d'Aprica aujourd'hui sur le Giro. Merci à mes coéquipières pour le formidable travail, mais aussi à tout le staff de mon équipe. 😀🏆
General Classification after Stage 5 – Megan Guarnier extends her lead with bonifications. Special shout-out to Elena Cecchini, who was caught in the big crash, but got back up, and finished in the front group to keep her 10th spot in the GC, looking like this…
I say this every day, but oh my goodness, Balint Hamvas’ Stage 5 photos are gorgeous! The ones in the tunnels, and the rider in the rain – I felt them rather than thought about them, just wow. A couple of great photos (and a sad story) from Velofocus too, love the podium shot! More photos on the Giro Rosa facebook.
Read all about the stage, with quotes from Guarnier, on Cycling Tips Ella. Race reports from Rabo-Liv, ORICA-AIS, Boels Dolmans, Wiggle Honda, Bigla – and from Annemiek van Vleuten‘s site (Dutch, or via google translate). Lizzie Williams’ diaries on day 5 & 6 and Tiffany Cromwell’s Stage 5 diary on Cycling Tips. SRAM profile of Megan Guarnier.
Bigla’s team video
and Wiggle Honda’s
Rider & team media
This 📷 from the other day says it all. Not giving up this jersey without a fight! 💪 Tomorrow is going to be a hard day! Alot of this ⬆🌄 #mountains but hopefully no going over the side of cliffs this time 😉 😉 #girorosa2015 #greenjersey #liveyourdream #lottosoudal #womenscycling #fromwhereiride #italy #aprica thanks for the 📷 cyclephotos.co.uk! ✌
Tomorrow? Lots of climbing and descending – check out Velofocus’ stage preview.
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