Giro Femminile 2007 - 18th edition
Correggio - Correggio
Edita Puckinskaite (Nürnberger) relinquished her hold on the lead of the Giro Donne on Stage 2. Arriving in the bunch was not good enough to be presented with the maglia rosa again in Correggio; Diane Zilute (SAFI) was second overall and with the time bonus awarded for the placing, took the overall lead.
Marianne Vos (DSB Bank) won the stage in a bunch sprint from Zilute and Oenone Wood (T-Mobile). It was a close thing, though. Penultimate lap breakaway, Julia Martissova (AS Team FRW) was not caught until the final kilometre, following a chase initiated by Zilute's SAFI team-mates.
Martissova provided the excitement for the stage, when it seemed that she might stay away for a solo victory. There were other notable breaks during the hot stage, though. Adrie Visser (DS Bank) livened things up early when she stayed away for a lap of the 13km course. Then, Maya Adamson Watt (Team Dilà Guerciotti Cogeas) tried her luck. Perhaps the longest attack of the day was by Elodie Touffet (Menikini Gysko), who survived for almost two laps on her own, before Naomi Cantele (Team Bigla) led the final 'catch', followed by the bunch, in a long line, at full speed.
The overall classification is still tight - with the top ten only separated by 10 seconds. The 10km uphill time trial (8% average) for Stage 3 should see some considerably larger gaps open up.
The race's official media release noted that 57 riders were tested under antidoping protocol this morning. All riders passed the testing procedures, with no anomalies.
Results - Top 10
125,700 Km average, 40,635 Km/h
General Classification Top 10
1. Ziliute Diana Safi
Pasta Zara Manhattan 7h 22m 59s
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