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?
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We’re at the halfway point through the 2017 Giro Rosa with five stages completed. We cover each of the stages so far, from the opening TTT through to the ITT and all the travails and changes on GC in between. There has been more than a fair share of surprise Giro geomorphology including some truly brutal climbs and so on. An incredibly close sprint finish and more. There’s lots to cover and lots more to speculate on as we continue into the second half of the stages. (Spoiler Warning: We do actually cover the end of stage 6 so bail out early if you don’t want us to reveal the winner for you). (1:06:11 MIN / 60.69 MB)
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Sarah’s been collecting all the videos, photos and media of the race so far in handy posts:
And here’s our reminder of how to follow the rest of the race.
After the Giro Rosa Stage 1 Team Time Trial, and then the General Classification shake-ups of Stage 2 and Stage 4, Stage 5 was a 12.7km ITT. It had a typically Giro profile, looking pretty benign, but in real life? No flat roads have switchbacks like that! This was going to be brutal…. and brutal was the word used in pretty much every media article/tweet after we saw the stage!
Here was Kasia Niewiadoma’s pre-race course preview:
The climbs were insane, to the point that I think the race organisers were actually trolling the riders and teams. The videos we saw on twitter were crazy, and the photos ridiculous…. and of course, it shook up the General Classification again!
I’ve got videos, photos, results – and I’ll add more videos as I see them. Watch the RAI highlights on this link, if you can – but if you’re not in Italy or don’t have a VPN….
Stage 4 of the 2017 Giro Rosa was completely flat, and it looked guaranteed as a bunch sprint, with no change to the General Classification… but we all know how much the women’s peloton loves proving the scripts wrong! Plenty of attacks on the hot, windy day, but none were sticking.
And then, in the last half of the race (that’s the best I can do, there was very limited information about this stage) a group got away… without Annemiek van Vleuten, who was second in the General Classification! Would they stay away? It became nail-biting, especially as we had a pitiful level of information…. Watch the highlights to find out
I’ll add more videos as I see it, and if you don’t want spoilers, don’t scroll down, as it’s full of results, reports, tweets and more videos!
After the Stage 1 Team Time Trial, Boels-Dolmans started in a super-strong position, 19 seconds ahead of their nearest rival. But Stage 2 looked perfect for riders to try to disrupt that narrative – pretty flat and uneventful for the first 94km, and then, at 30km to go, a 2nd Category climb, followed by a difficult, technical descent that looked perfect for breakaways. Would anyone get away from Boels?
I’ve got highlights videos, then the results, and below that reports, photos and even more videos and media. If you don’t want spoilers, scroll down carefully! As always, I’ll add more as I see it – and there will be a lot more to come!
This week we preview all the stages of the 2017 Giro Rosa, from the Team Time Trial all the way through to the climb of Mount Vesuvius. There’s stages to suit the sprinters, the puncheurs, the roleurs and the climbers. Who is suited to each stage? Which teams have the strongest rosters? Who are the riders to watch? How is the race likely to unfold? We answer all of these questions and more. We even unlock the age-old secret of how to interpret the race book (It’s Idiosyncratic, Unless It’s the Exact Opposite). (50.05 MIN / 45.86 MB)
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This week’s podcast is a little bit of a catchup as we cover off the impact that May has had on the peloton with races going on in the USA, the Basque country, Belgium and more. Riders and teams have had to choose where to apply their focus and resources and it’s made for a very interesting month. We take a particular look at how the Tour of California and the Emakumeen Bira played out and then how they contributed to the way that Gooik-Geraardsbergen-Gooik was raced. As always, there’s plenty to laugh about and more than a few diversions along the way! (50:37 MIN / 46.35 MB)
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Watch the full race replay (with English commentary!) on the Motomedia Livestream – and highlights:
10 minutes highlights videos from eitb.eus from Stage 1, Stage 2 and Stage 4. Final kilometres of the last stage