The penultimate stage of the Giro Rosa concludes with a bunch sprint, ORICA-SCOTT retain GC position

Sat 8 Jul 2017

The penultimate day of the Giro Rosa concluded with a reduce bunch sprint after trio of leader’s were caught inside the final three kilometres after another hard stage.

The day saw splits in the peloton due to challenging climbs during the first half of the stage and high temperatures.  ORICA-SCOTT successfully stayed in contention to retain their position on the general classification.

“It was really hot again today and the bunch was pretty lethargic,” explained sport director Gene Bates. “Really it was a race of attrition, people were getting dropped because of the heat with it being day nine.”

“We had everyone finish safely, Amanda Spratt and Annemiek van Vleuten had the easiest day possible so it was another box ticked for us and our position overall remains the same.”

Two-time stage winner van Vleuten showed her dominence once again on the climbs to take maximum points in the Queen of the mountains competition and extend her lead further.

“The QOM completion isn’t a big focus for us but we thought if it is easy enough and nobody else is really interested then we would take the mountains points and that is what happened,” Bates continued. “We didn’t chase any breaks down or make any huge efforts to go for it, we were near the front over the climb and Annemiek was able to take top points.”

“Tomorrow is the final stage and begins with flat circuits and one major climb then a fast descent to the finish so it will really all come down to that final climb whether we can make a difference there.

“If we are realistic it will be really hard to make much time back. Anna van der Breggen (Boels-Dolmans) has a very strong team and she is in great shape herself.

“It will be difficult but we will certainly have a red hot crack at it.”

How it happened:

The 122kilometre penultimate stage saw the peloton significantly fracture due to tough climbs mid-way through the stage and soaring temperatures.

With no main breakaway forming it was a race of attrition with many tired legs in the peloton.

Van Vleuten was able to take maximum points over the Queen of the mountain sprint to extend her lead in the classification.

The real action came as the peloton entered the final 25kilometres of the stage as a breakaway of three riders finally formed and rapidly gained over a one minute advantage.

However, with three kilometres to go due to a furious chase from behind the three leaders were finally swallowed up ahead of a reduced bunch sprint. 

ORICA-SCOTT remain in third and sixth place on the overall classification with one tough stage to come.

Giro Rosa stage 9 result:

1. Marta Bastianelli (Ale Cipollini) 3:05
2. Lotta Lepisto (Cervelo-Bigla) ST
3. Georgia Bronzini (Wiggle-High5) ST

General classification after stage 9:

1. Anna van der Breggen (Boels-Dolmans) 
2. Elisa Longo-Borghini (Wiggle-High5) +1:03
3. Annemiek van Vleuten (ORICA-SCOTT) +1:39

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