The Queen Stage! Video & more from Stage 5 of the 2016 Giro Rosa


One of those famous, famous cycling climbs, the type that makes Italian cycling so loved – the centrepiece of the Queen Stage of this year’s Giro Rosa.  And I do mean centre, with the climb starting 30km into the 90k stage, followed by around 15k on the lumpy plateau, then around 30k of technical descending to the finish.  So it was always going to be a fascinating stage – starting off perfect for the ‘pure’ climbers, but could they gain enough time going up the Mortirolo to fend any great descenders behind them?  Let’s have a look at what happened…

As always, I’ll be editing in more video, photos and reports as I see them – please do share anything I’ve missed in the comments, or tell me on twitter.  You can find my previous collections of videos from the race under my Giro Rosa 2016 tag – and listen to Dan and me talk about the first half of the race on our most recent women’s cycling podcast.

9 mins highlights on the race facebook – some fan-made roadside video on facebook –  and here’s the highlights from RAI:

1.   Mara Abbott (USA) Wiggle High5, 2:40:23
2.   Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Wiggle High5, + 00:37
3.   Tatiana Guderzo (Ita) Hitec Products, s.t.
4.   Megan Guarnier (USA) Boels Dolmans, s.t.
5.   Claudia Lichtenberg (Ger) Lotto-Soudal, s.t.
6.   Anna van der Breggen (Ned) Rabo-Liv, + 01:36
7.   Kseniya Tuhai (Blr) BePink, + 01:51
8.   Yevgeniya Vysotska (Ukr) Hagens Berman Supermint, + 01:52
9.   Evelyn Stevens (USA) Boels-Dolmans, + 02:02
10. Doris Schweizer (Sui) Cylance, + 02:48

Full results


Abbott had had a lead of 4:40 on the plateau – but that long descent, including her fall, changed all that…  So although she finished in the maglia rosa, her lead is by no means secure:

General Classification after Stage 5

1.   Mara Abbott (USA) Wiggle High5, 13:02:52
2.   Megan Guarnier (USA) Boels Dolmans, + 00:10
3.   Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Wiggle High5, + 00:15
4.   Claudia Lichtenberg (Ger) Lotto-Soudal, + 00:33
5.   Tatiana Guderzo (Ita) Hitec Products, + 00:38
6.   Evelyn Stevens (USA) Boels-Dolmans, + 01:22
7.   Anna van der Breggen (Ned) Rabo-Liv, + 02:10
8.   Yevgeniya Vysotska (Ukr) Hagens Berman Supermint, + 03:04
9.   Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Pol) Rabo-Liv,  + 03:49
10. Doris Schweizer (Sui) Cylance, + 04:42



Race reports from the race website – from Ella Cycling Tips, with tweets and photos – from Cyclingnews, with great Vélofocus gallery.

Team reports from Wiggle High5, Boels Dolmans, Rabo-liv, Cylance – and their photo gallery –  Canyon-SRAM-with photos.

Photos from Vélofocus






BePink have been AMAZING at covering the Giro, the only people livetweeting from team cars – read their statement

and I agree so much with Jessi – it’s genuinely gutting that when we have had so many great examples of race social media, for years and years, that the only “Grand Tour” relies on one team for live updates.



TV stats from yesterday’s Stage 4 highlights:

Tomorrow’s stage is also one with lots of climbing…


Please do let me know, here in the comments or on twitter, if you find more media to share – and here’s my reminder of how to follow the race live.

Big thanks, as always, to my Patreon supporters, who fund me to do this kind of thing.


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