Second consecutive breakaway for Williams in Italy

Tue 7 Jul 2015

For the second consecutive day, SwissEver GP Cham-Hagendorn winner Lizzie Williams went on the attack at the Giro d'Italia Internazionale Femminile.

Three breakaway companions joined Williams on today’s stage four and together, the quartet rode out to an advantage of two and a half minutes.

Unfortunately, with no classified climbs on the parcour, the peloton was keen to force a bunch sprint and the race was back together with 25km left to ride. Eventually, Annalisa Cucinotta (Cipollini Team) took the fast finish whilst Williams rolled through for tenth.

Williams admitted her day out in front was somewhat of an accident.

“It’s funny, it probably wasn’t the plan for me to be in the break today,” Williams said. “We were wanting to set Sarah Roy or Chloe McConville up for the break, but obviously the other teammates have to put in to help out with some dummy attacks.”

“I did a dummy attack fairly early on and it lasted 70km.

“It was in a very technical circuits so I wanted to get off the front to get away from the crashes.”

After a solo move yesterday and a flat parcours today, Williams played a conservative card in today’s move.

“I wasn’t putting all my effort into that basket,” Williams explained. “I knew the peloton probably wanted it to come down to a bunch kick.”

“I was conservative in the break not pushing too hard, just enough to keep it going.

“We crossed the finish line about 30km before the finish so at that point I was making sure I was taking note of the finish.”

In the final, the plan was to set up teammate Valentina Scandolara.

“We were swallowed in with about 25km to go so our next plan was to practice the lead out for Vale,” Williams said. “It was the first time we have tried it as a team.”

“We were together with 10km to go but it got a bit hairy with a sharp left hand turn with 700m to go. We had her in good position, but she was on a Velocio SRAM wheel and that train misjudged the corner and they end up in front.

“That’s not ideal and they sat up as they were swallowed up from behind. I came up and yelled out to Vale but she was boxed in and couldn’t get across to my wheel so I just stayed with momentum into the finish.”