Scandolara bounces back for ORICA-AIS to claim second on Giro Rosa stage three

Mon 6 Jul 2015

ORICA-AIS has bounced backed from a self-confessed rough day to animate today’s stage three of the Giro d'Italia Internazionale Femminile and claim second place courtesy of local Italian Valentina Scandolara.

Scandolara arrived at the finish line in Mantova in a group of nine riders, and was nudged out for the victory by Lucinda Brand (Rabobank-Liv) who was too fast for the select group.

“I am double-happy because this morning I didn’t feel so good,” Scandolara said. “In the race I was conscious of this because it was even warmer today than yesterday so I tried not to waste energy in the break.”

“It came down to a sprint and I knew Brand was really fresh because she never worked in the breakaway, she was just protecting her GC rider.

“As we came into the last corner I had to take first position, but I knew it was too long to start the sprint myself. So Brand started it and squeezed me on the left so I had to take the long way to sprint. I was gaining and gaining but it was just too short to the line.”

For Scandolara, it was even more special to have her family cheering her on.

“Yesterday and today my parents and my grandfather were there,” Scandolara said. “Yesterday they saw a really bad race, today they saw a really good one.”

“Some people were shouting as I attacked and formed the breakaway on the climb so it’s really nice for me and even more motivating.”

Earlier in the day, SwissEver GP Cham-Hagendorn Lizzie Williams also featured in animating another hot day of racing by making a solo move. 

The 31-year-old rode hard for a one-minute advantage but was caught on the day’s only classified climb.

Shortly after, the eventual winning break of nine formed and having established almost five minutes lead were  

All-in-all, for sport director Gene Bates, a very pleasing response by the whole team after a tough day yesterday.

“There was a little bit of disappointment at last night’s meeting but they all left it in a positive frame of mind,” Bates said. “We wanted to be aggressive today and if we could get a break away that was the first goal.”

“It happened that the girls were really aggressive and they were all pitching in which was great to see.

“We were pretty confident because Valentina has been sprinting really well these last weeks, but to come up against a really fresh rider is always going to be difficult.”