Stage 7 was into the hills again, with another very hot day on a tough, Classics-style course. We didn’t have much information about the race, again, but it was breakaways, with a group of 12 getting over 2 minutes before the halfway mark, with no riders from Boels-Dolmans, Wiggle High5 or ORICA-Scott, and the highest placed GC rider Sabrina Stultiens, who started 5:52 back. But shortly after that, the climbing would start again… Could the break make it?
The stage was marred by the really awful news that Claudia Cretti crashed at 90kph on one of the descents, and was airlifted to hospital after suffering severe head injuries. My thoughts with her family, friends and team, and of course Claudia, for a full recovery. It’s really horrible news, though, and a reminder of how much the riders risk, racing for our entertainment.
If you are in Italy, or have a VPN, please do watch the RAI highlights on the official video. But if not…
If you’ve missed out on any of the Giro Rosa so far, catch up with Stages 1-6 in Dan‘s and my latest podcast, with links to the previous video posts. And I’ll be talking about the Giro at Look Mum No Hands! after the Giro, on Wednesday 19th July – please do come along!
Stage 7 results
1. Sheyla Gutierrez Ruíz (Esp) Cylance, 3:43:16
2. Soraya Paladin (Ita) Alé Cipollini, s.t.
3. Eugenia Bujak (Pol) BTC City Ljubljana, s.t.
4. Alexis Ryan (USA) Canyon-SRAM, s.t.
5. Lauren Kitchen (Aus) WM3, s.t.
6. Sabrina Stultiens (Ned) Sunweb, s.t.
7. Alison Jackson (Can) BePink Cogeas, s.t.
8. Tatiana Guderzo (Ita) Lensworld-Kuota, s.t.
9. Carmela Cipriani (Ita) Conceria Zabri-Fanini-Guerciotti, s.t.
General Classification after Stage 7
1. Anna van der Breggen (Ned) Boels Dolmans, 15:37:14
2. Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Wiggle High5, + 01:03
3. Annemiek van Vleuten (Ned) ORICA-Scott, + 01:39
4. Megan Guarnier (USA) Boels Dolmans, + 03:11
5. Amanda Spratt (Aus) ORICA-Scott, + 03:32
6. Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Pol) WM3 Procycling, + 04:02
7. Karol-Ann Canuel (Can) Boels-Dolmans, + 04:22
8. Shara Gillow (Aus) FDJ-Nouvelle Aquitaine-Futuroscope, + 04:53
9. Arlenis Sierra Cañadilla (Cub) Astana, + 04:57
10. Sabrina Stultiens (Ned) Sunweb, + 05:02
I do love the Spanish twitterati’s response to the win!