Breakaway survives on stage 7 Giro Rosa, Van Vleuten remains 3rd overallThu 6 Jul 2017
Stage seven of the Giro Rosa concluded with a breakaway of 12rider surviving to the finish line in Baronissi after a long and hot stage.
The ORICA-SCOTT team including two-time stage winner Annemiek van Vleuten crossed the line in the chasing group to remain in third and fifth place on the overall classification.
It was touch and go as to whether the breakaway would succeed all the way to the finish with a fast chasing group reeling them back in to just 30second with one kilometre remaining.
In the end Sheyla Gutierrez (Cylance Cycling) claimed the stage victory with ORICA-SCOTT all finishing safely behind.
“We tried to break the race up and force a selection on the main climb of the stage,” said sport director Gene Bates. “A group of six went over the top including Annemiek and Amanda Spratt but naturally with all the GC riders there, they were all looking at each other and a bigger group came back on after that.”
“We stayed safe and we retained third and fifth place on GC so we are looking forward to another hard day again tomorrow.
“Today was super hot, we saw temperatures up to 40degrees and it was a long stage over 140kilometres. It will be interesting to see how the bunch recovers tonight, it could really explode during tomorrow’s stage.”
How it happened:
The seventh stage of the ten-day tour provided some mountains and descending and another chance for an active, aggressive stage.
The day began with multiple attacks and breakaway attempts but it was after one hour of racing that a group of 13riders clipped off the front.
With no real general classification contenders present, the group quickly established a time gap of over three minutes on the peloton.
Over the top of the second category climb the main peloton split and the new chasing group quickly drew closer to the breakaway as the time gap dropped to just over one and a half minutes.
The chase group worked hard to close in on the leaders but it proved too much as the breakaway crossed the line with a handful of seconds to spare to steal the stage win.
Tomorrow is another hilly stage providing another opportunity for ORICA-SCOTT to try and move up in the general classification.
Giro Rosa stage 7 result:
1. Sheyla Gutierrez (Cylance Cycling) 3:43:16
2. Soraya Paladin (Ale Cipollini) ST
3. Eugenia Bujak (BTC City Ljubljana) ST
21. Annemiek van Vleuten (ORICA-SCOTT) +0:47
General classification after stage 7:
1. Anna van der Breggen (Boels-Dolmans)
2. Elisa Longo-Borghini (Wiggle-High5) +1:03
3. Annemiek van Vleuten (ORICA-SCOTT) +1:39
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