Giro Femminile 2007 - 18th edition
Cornaredo - Cornaredo, 132.3 km
Although sunny again, there was slightly less heat for the riders to contend with during their 9 laps of a 14.3km circuit. The stage, which took place just outside of Milan, was flat, but contained some tight twists and turns on the circuit which included town and country roads. The day had started early for 62 of the riders, with anti-doping tests carried out again on the Giro Donne. All riders were deemed fit to start.
An early break containing riders from Menikini Gysko, T-Mobile and SAFI lasted for a couple of laps, but was never expected to stay away. A more dangerous attack went at around mid-stage, it contained Adrie Visser (DSB Bank), Ina-Yoko Teutenberg (T-Mobile), Bettina Kuhn (Team Bigla) and Luisa Tamanini (SAFI). Aggressive chases from Menikini Gysko and Raleigh Lifeforce Creation were finally successful in bringing back the break in the closing kilometres.
A crash with 2km to go brought down Alessandra DEttorre (Saccarelli Emu and Jamaican Champion, Iona Winter (Colavita Sutter), as well as DSB Bank's Belgian Champion, Ludivine Henrion.
Judith Arndt (T-Mobile) outsprinted Giorgia Bronzini (SAFI), Rochelle Gilmore (Menikini Gysko) and Marianne Vos (DSB Bank) to win the stage. Edita Puckinskaite (Nόrnberger) finished safely in the bunch to retain the race lead. In fact, none of the competition leads changed : Linda Villumsen stayed in the young rider's competition white jersey, Marianne Vos retained the points lead. Svetlana Bubnenkova keeps the mountains competition lead.
Results - Top 10 132,300 Km in 3h 10 00 average 41,778 Km/h
Arndt Judith T Mobile
Bronzini Giorgia - Safi Pasta Zara Manhattan s.t.
Gilmore Rochelle Menikini Selle Italia Gysko s.t.
Vos Marianne Team DSB Bank s.t.
Ljungskog Susanne Team Flexpoint s.t
Treier Grete Michela Fanini Record Rox s.t.
Martisova Julia Team Frw Gauss Rdz s.t.
Wood Oenone T Mobile Women s.t.
Wild Kirsten AA Drink Cycling Team s.t.
10. Baccaille Monia Saccarelli Emu s.t.
General Classification Top 10
Pucinskaite Edita Nurnberger Versicherung - 16h 59 05
Brandli Nicole Bigla Cycling Team a 18
Moreno Allue Maribel Selection Nationale Espanola a 28
Luperini Fabiana Menikini Selle Italia Gysko a 52
Ljungskog Susanne Team Flexpoint a 1 05
Arndt Judith T Mobile Women a 1 18
Villumsen Serup Linda T Mobile Women a 2 04
Guderzo Tatiana AA Drink Cycling Team a 2 23
Vos Marianne Team DSB Bank a 2 45
10. Treier Grete Michela Fanini Record Rox a 3 06
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