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.
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
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:
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
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…
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