Team BikeExchange rolled the dice today at the Giro Donne, launching a number of attacks throughout a hilly stage six around Lake Como.
The team split the race in the opening half of the 155km stage and later went on the attack with Australian champion Sarah Roy and Amanda Spratt making a move off the front of the peloton. Despite drawing a small group away, the move was quickly shutdown by the alert bunch before a two-rider attack went clear.
The attacking duo were eventually reeled in with 12km to go as Team BikeExchange moved to the front to tee up Roy for a planned attack inside the finale 3km. However, the chasing pack were again quick to respond to the danger and it was all back together inside the final 2km.
Despite the squads best efforts, the day ultimately came down to a bunch sprint after with Emma Norsgaard taking the stage honours in Colico.
“We tried a few times today, we tried early on in the race as team, we tried to create a split and I think we did. But the roads were quite fast, so that didn’t really last. We tried again with Spratty at about 100km in; Spratty and I attacked off the front and a small group came with us over the last few hills, but again it didn’t stick.
But we gave it a try and the team decided that instead of going for the sprint today we’d try to capitalise on the other sprint team trains being fatigued at the end, after having to chase all day with the two-rider break up the road.
In the last 4km Grace [Brown] and Georgia [Williams] set me up and I attacked as hard as I could and I got away with Tiffany Cromwell, she chopped off with me, but it wasn’t to be. Tomorrow we’ll try again, it’s another stage suited to us so we should have some fun out there again.”
2021 Giro Donne Stage 6 – Results:
1. Emma Norsgaard 3:41:39
2021 Giro Donne Stage 6 – GC:
1. Anna van der Breggen
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