Another selective day on stage 7 of Giro RosaFri 10 Jul 2015
Despite yesterday’s queen stage, there was no release of pressure at the head of racing for stage seven of the Giro d'Italia Internazionale Femminile as a difficult opening climb made it another selective day.
The category one climb in the early stages of the race saw it splinter into pieces early with ORICA-AIS and many others unable to bring it back together for the desired finale.
“It was a really hard day actually,” sport director Gene Bates said. “We knew the first category one climb was going to be very difficult to start the race but considering what is to come tomorrow and the next day we thought it might come back together.”
“If it did and we were in a good position, we were going to be aggressive to the finish but the climb really did just blow the race to smithereens and it stayed that way until the finish.”
SwissEver GP Cham-Hagendorn winner Lizzie Williams was the Australian outfit’s top finisher in 29th position, nine minutes down on solo victor Lucinda Brand (Rabobank-Liv).
“Lizzie was our best rider today,” Bates said. “She was really keen to have a crack and she did a really good job to get back to the pink jersey group with about 30-40km to go. She just got tailed off on the final climb and got in as best she could to the finish.”
There was no relief from yesterday’s queen stage as the attacks began from the flag on stage seven.
Their efforts were denied and the peloton arrived at the first of two climbs in one piece. But it was short lived.
The ascent shed the group in to pieces, many struggling to recover from yesterday’s effort. At the head of racing a group of 13 formed.
Not happy with its composition, Brand attacked further up the ascent with one other, before she went alone all the way to the finish line.
Behind her, general classification contenders battled in a small group to finish 2:41min in arrears. The remainder of the peloton crossed the finish line in dribs and drabs further adrift.