Giro Donne, 2010
Stage 10 - Evans wins sprint to line in final Stage, Abbott wins overall
Autodromo Di Monza - Monza 112.7 km
Shelly Evans (USA) finished off a perfect Giro for the American team. Evans won the final sprint on the Monza circuit ahead of Kirsten Wild (Cervelo Test Team) and Giorgia Bronzini (Gauss RDZ Ormu). Mara Abbott (USA) who had won the critical stage into Stelvio, to give her a strong overall lead, rode home safely in the bunch and became the first American to win the Giro Donne.
Judith Arndt (HTC Columbia) finished second overall ahead of Tatiana Guderzo (Team Valdarno).
Marianne Vos (Netherlands) ended the race as the winner of the Points and Young rider jersey and Guderzo won the best Italian rider. Emma Pooley (Cervelo Test Team) secured the Mountain jersey.
What was expected to be a procession, turned out to be a race of immense activity and attacks. A number of teams wanted to win the final stage and launched attack after attack to try to break up the race and gain an advantage. Evelyn Stevens (HTC Columbia) was the most successful of the breaks. Stevens gained almost one minute advantage before being pulled back in. It was as the race started the last 10km that it got really interesting. The roundabout just before the 10km to go sign was incorrectly marked and sent the leading Police, cars and eventually the whole peloton ahead instead of left. While the race headed towards a housing estate and dead end, Lisa Jacobs (Australia) and Lusia Tamaini (ASC Chirio Forna D' Asolo) who had dropped back to get support from their team cars, correctly turned left and headed fore the finish.
There was a complete panic from the police and organisers to get the race back on track and the two lone riders were stopped before they could reach the finish. They were held and waited for the leading group to go by before joining the back of the peloton.
This disruption meant the race was a 10km sprint to the finish to break up the bunch again and allow the sprinters to fight it out at the finish. It was close on the line and Evans ended up a very happy winner.
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