Kennedy comes agonisingly close to her first WorldTour victory on stage three of the Giro-RosaSun 7 Jul 2019
Australian rider Lucy Kennedy came agonisingly close to victory today on the third stage of the Giro-Rosa, throwing her arm in the air in celebration, just before being passed by a fast sprinting Marianna Vos (CCC-Liv) in the final metre.
Kennedy launched a well-timed counter attack with three-kilometres to go and maintain a small gap, reaching the final 100metres with some distance. As she started the final short cobbled drag to the line it looked as though the win was hers.
With just one-metre left to go, Kennedy raised an arm ready to celebrate her first ever WorldTour win but without her knowledge, Vos had crept up on her and launched past with speed, denying the Mitchelton-SCOTT rider the victory.
Kennedy had to settle for second place, crossing the line completed spent, but still securing her first ever WorldTour podium placing.
Constantly changing leaders
The day played out with various riders escaping the bunch, gaining a one-minute advantage, only to be reeled back in again. Mitchelton-SCOTT did well to stay in position towards the front, monitoring the situation and looking ahead to the final climb.
The unpredictable final
Two-riders held a two-minute advantage as the race entered the final 30kilometres but at 15kilometres to go they were rapidly reeled back in and Tayler Wiles (Trek-Segafredo) launched a counter attack. Wiles kept her lead until around three-kilometres to go and then it was Kennedy’s turn.
Like yesterday, the Australian quickly established a gap, powering on and not looking back. As she entered the final 300metres it looked as though her distance was enough to hold on for the win and she began the final 100metre cobble section.
At her maximum effort, Kennedy battled through the final metres but with just one-metre remaining Vos flew past to steal the stage win, leaving Kennedy with a bitter sweet second place.
Team leader Annemiek van Vleuten had another strong performance finishing the stage in fifth place and keep in a good position overall.
“I attacked and didn’t look back. Yesterday I attacked, got away, but maybe didn’t fully commit to it, maybe didn’t believe I could stay away so it was cool to get another chance today.
“Right at the end, I looked back and thought I had it, my first WorldTour win but as I raised my fist in the air, Vos came past me. I was absolutely spent.
“Obviously I am very very disappointed to miss out but it is still my best result. I haven’t had a WorldTour podium before so I can be really happy with that.
“It was quite a hectic race with winding narrow roads and I struggled with my positioning a little bit but coming up that final drag, we basically followed the plan exactly, with Spratt or myself attacking around three-kilometre to go when it got a little bit steeper.
“Also my attack had another role in stringing out the peloton and making it better for Annemiek with her GC ambitions.”
Giro-Rosa Stage 3 Results:
1. Marianna Vos (CCC-Liv)
2. Lucy Kennedy (Mitchelton-SCOTT)
3. Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig (Bigla Pro Cycling)
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