The final stage of the 2017 Giro Rosa, and the last chance for General Classification hopefuls to take aim at Anna van der Breggen, and for everyone else to go for that final moment of glory. Nine flat-ish laps, and a stage final going up then don Mount Vesuvius, before screaming into the finish.
It was pretty much non-stop attacks, especially from the sprinters, who hoped that if they could get enough room, they could hit the top of Vesuvius before the climbers overwhelmed them, and still be in with a chance. And of course, all kinds of riders were making moves. Boels-Dolmans were ready for everything the rest could throw at them…. but would it be enough?
If you are in Italy, or have a VPN, please do watch the highlights on RAI – but if not….
1. Megan Guarnier (USA) Boels Dolmans, 3:09:37
2. Amanda Spratt (Aus) ORICA-Scott, s.t.
3. Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Pol) WM3 Procycling, s.t.
4. Annemiek van Vleuten (Ned) ORICA-Scott, s.t.
5. Anna van der Breggen (Ned) Boels Dolmans, s.t.
6. Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Wiggle High5, s.t.
7. Lucinda Brand (Ned) Sunweb, + 00:46
8. Arlenis Sierra Cañadilla (Cub) Astana, + 01:04
9. Janneke Ensing (Ned) Alé Cipollini, s.t.
10. Romy Kasper (Ger) Alé Cipollini, s.t.
So happy to win the final stage of #GiroRosa after an incredible ten days with @boelsdolmansct! Cool to start and finish one of my favorite races of the year with @boelsdolmansct on the top step. Such a strong team, allowed us to also win the team overall Classification. It was doubly sweet day with finalizing the General Classification with @annavdbreggen keeping the pink. #Repost @uciwomencycling (@get_repost) ・・・ Megan Guarnier of Boel-Dolmans celebrates her stage 10 victory in Torre del Greco. 📷@Velofocus #UCIWWT #womenscycling #girorosa
1. Anna van der Breggen (Ned) Boels Dolmans, 25:39:43
2. Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Wiggle High5, + 01:03
3. Annemiek van Vleuten (Ned) ORICA-Scott, + 01:39
4. Megan Guarnier (USA) Boels Dolmans, + 02:57
5. Amanda Spratt (Aus) ORICA-Scott, + 03:26
6. Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Pol) WM3 Procycling, + 04:02
7. Lucinda Brand (Ned) Sunweb, + 04:12
8. Karol-Ann Canuel (Can) Boels-Dolmans, + 05:26
9. Claudia Lichtenberg (Ger) Wiggle High5, + 06:09
10. Arlenis Sierra Cañadilla (Cub) Astana, + 06:19
Video interview with Van der Breggen (in Dutch) on the NOS.nl website.
If you’ve been enjoying the Giro, click through to the race sponsor page, and thank their sponsors, it really makes a difference. And I’ve got some more very simple ideas of what we all can do to help women’s cycling – please do take 5 minutes to do some of these, because it all adds up.
The rest of the jerseys
Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig (Cervélo) won the Best Young Rider jersey; Queen of the Mountains and Sprint jerseys to Annemiek van Vleuten (ORICA-Scott); Best Italian to Elisa Longo Borghini (Wiggle High5) and Best Team to Boels-Dolmans.
I still don’t know what’s happening here…
Looking on the Vélofocus twitter, I saw this from earlier in the week, which is pretty classic Giro Rosa…