Hoskins seventh on stage 2 at Giro Rosa

Sun 6 Jul 2014

Melissa Hoskins has finished seventh in a bunch finish on stage two of the Giro d'Italia Internazionale Femminile this afternoon.

Hoskins was set up by her ORICA-AIS teammates who took the reigns at the front of the peloton with 9km to go and delivered her to the final corner.

"That was our plan today,” sport director Gene Bates said. 

“We were all going to support Melissa Hoskins for the sprint, give her some confidence and get a really good result for the team.

"It was a really dangerous circuit today, really flat but lots of corners and rough roads. 

"We wanted the girls to get themselves to the front to keep them out of trouble whilst also keeping Emma fresh and in front to avoid any crashes.

"It was pretty much a perfect lead out, the girls did a great job up until the corner with four or five hundred metres to go. 

“Emma (Johansson) came to the front as the last lead out for Mel then we had two girls come underneath Mel. She was lucky not to crash but it was enough to take her out of contention for the win and the most she could muster up was seventh.

"A disappointing result for the hard work they did but not to take away from the process we put in place which was excellent."

Racing remained relatively quiet for the majority of the afternoon, with just one escape attempt for the day. italian Giorgia Bronzini (WHT) finished up with the victory.

"There was a lot of talk this morning about how difficult yesterday's stage was," Bates said.

"No one was expecting it so I think today's racing was a bit of a result from yesterday and also in anticipation for tomorrow which is a hill top finish.

"We were happy just to get through the race and wait for the moment to lay our cards out. A reasonably easy day for the team and we are looking to refocus tomorrow."