Premondiale Giro Toscana
Stage 3: Segromigno in Piano - Capannori - Stage Details

Emma Johansson sprinted to second place in Capannori on the third stage of the Giro della Toscana. The Swede was part of a six rider escape group that formed following the first ascent of the Valgiana. Race leader Marianne Vos (Rabobank Liv/Giant) took the stage win, her third over four days of racing, as Johansson jumped up to second overall, 31” behind Vos. 

"The descent is where the business was done. It was twisty and technical as it slid down the ancient olive groves for which Toscana is so famous. The front group started breaking up due to the technical nature of the descent. By the bottom, it had shed seven riders and the transition to the flat saw an attack that separated six riders from the chasing 17 that were left.  Marianne Vos (Rabobank Liv/Giant), Rossella Ratto (Hitec Products UCK), Anna Van der Breggen (Sengers Ladies), Tatiana Antoshina (MCipollini Giordna), Claudia Häusler (Team TIBCO) and our own Emma made the selection. As six different teams were represented in both the break and chase group, the impetus of the chase died down immediately, and we were set for a grand finale.

"Remembering that whoever wins Toscana will feature at the Worlds, it is not far fetched to say that the potential winner of this year's World Championship is to be found in that group of six. The break rode solidly until it returned to the bottom of the Valgiana climb, and with over two minutes in hand, it was now left to racing and racing only." - Sport Director Martin Barras


Results

Place Rider/Team Time
1 Marianne Vos (Ned) - Rabobank Liv/Giant 3:18:45
2 Emma Johansson (Swe) - ORICA-AIS ST
3 Anna Van der Breggen (Ned) - Sengers Ladies ST
4 Rossella Ratto (Ita) - Hitec Products UCK ST
5 Claudia Häusler (Ger) - Team TIBCO ST
6 Tatiana Antoshina (Rus) - Mcipollini Giordana ST
7 Valentina Scandolara (Ita) - Mcipollini Giordana 0:03:30
8 Pauline Ferrand-Prevot (Fra) - Rabobank Liv/Giant ST
9 Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) - ORICA-AIS ST
10 Elena Cecchini (Ita) - Faren Kuota ST
Place Mitchelton-SCOTT Riders Time
2 Emma Johansson (Swe) - ORICA-AIS ST
9 Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) - ORICA-AIS ST
83 Jessie MacLean (Aus) - ORICA-AIS 0:09:32
100 Amy Cure (Aus) - ORICA-AIS 0:14:41