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24' Giro Femminile - Giro Rosa, 2013

 

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Stage 6

Terme Di Premia (VCO) – San Domenico (VCO),121,0 km

Luperini disqualified - Abbott keeps rosa

Race Writeup

Mara Abbott (USA) won the stage and stamped her mark on her campaign for the 2013 Giro Rosa.

The big news of the stage, though, is the disqualification of Fabiana Luperini (Faren Kuota). Bike checks of designated  finishers (stage placings and GC) after the mountain stages have taken place. After Stage 6, Luperini's bike was found to be 200 grams underweight. 

After lengthy discussion and appeals from her team, the race jury have just announced that they have disqualified the Italian former winner of this race.

Stage six of the Giro Rosa offered the last chance for the climbers to reshape the overall. As the race headed north towards the Swiss border, the peloton faced another mountain top finish. The finish was an 11km climb to San Domenico. 

The UCI has been very active recently across the cycling world focussing on how new technology is being brought into cycling. One of the things on their watch list is the weight of the bike. UCI Rule 1.3.109 stating "The minimum weight of the bicycle (in working order) shall be 6.800kg, considered without on board accessories in place, that is to say those items that can be removed during the event." Race officials weighed the top 5 on GC on stage six and found Luperini's to be too light, measuring in at 6.6kg. Fabiana Luperini was immediately disqualifed from the Giro Rosa. Luperini's exclusion changes the general classification for the final two stages. 

Today's stage started at an elevation of almost 800m and then quickly descended for the first 20km. The peloton was off to a fast start as it averaged almost 50kph in the first 30 minutes of racing. A small group of four riders that included the former race leader Marianne Vos (Rabo Womens). Voswas desperate to make up for her time losses from stage 5. She initiated the attack in an attempt to close her 3 minute 20 second gap to Abbott. Three riders went with her, Valentina Scandolara (MCipollini-Giordana), American sprinter Shelley Olds (Tibco to the top), and Lucinda Brand (Rabo Women). The leaders tried desperately to gain time, but the descent wasn't technical enough to let them gain any real advantage. The peloton reeled them in once the road flattened out. As soon as the break were caught and the speed of the peloton had slowed, a new break of nine riders formed at the front of the race. 

There were no real GCcontenders in the group, Sari Saarelainen and Malgorzata Jasinska (MCipollini-Giordana), Alessandra d'Ettore (Vaiano Fondriest), Christel Ferrier-Bruneau (Faren Kuota), Inga Cilvinaite (Pasta Zara), Adrie Visser (Boels Dolmans), Lauren Kitchen (Wiggle Honda), Carmen Small (Specialized-lululemon) and Loes Gunnewijk (ORICA-AIS). Controlling the pace of the peloton for Abbott, the US National team allowed the gap to the break to gain over two minutes on the peloton on the flat roads. As the break hit the final climb, the Americans had brought the gap down to a reasonable ask for the climbers to overtake the break on the climb. 

At this point in the race it was all about the climbers. With an average gradient of 7.8%, with the last 4km being the most difficult. A selection starter as the parcours got more difficult. Vos was dropped, but could not hold the pace set by the Maglis Rosa, Abbott, Fabiana Luperini (Faren lets go), Evelyn Stevens (Specialized lululemon), Francesca Cauz (Top Girls Fassa Bortolo), Claudia Häusler (Tibco) and Tatiana Guderzo (McCipollini-Giordana). In the finam 4km of the race, Abbott attacked again. Stevens tried to stay with her but Abbott broke away as the elevation increased to win solo, taking her second stage. 

Comments 

Dave McPartland (Sport Director-Orica-AIS) was again very happy with the team's performance, "After the initial descent, the original break was pulled back and then the roads were flat and boring for about 80km," said McPartland. "Loes [Gunnewijk] went with the next break to make sure we had representation - that was it. No one in the break was a threat to the overall so her job was to help Shara and Tiff in any other way if the break made it to the climb." 

Orica-AIS tried to ensure that they put climbers Shara Gillow and Tiffany Cromwell into position."The final climb was steep, long and hard," said McPartland. "It wasn't as narrow and rough as yesterday, but there was a hard section in the middle. It was another really hard climb and another solid ride by Shara." With the climbs done and dusted for the remainder of the tour, tomorrow's flat stage is ripe for either a bunch sprint or a non-threatening break. "We have Mel [Melissa Hoskins] for the sprint," added McPartland. "I'd like to set something up for her, but we also have some girls here who can take the opportunity to go down the road. Our plan will be based on how they feel after today's ride."

 

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Results - Top 10 - click here to see full result

Posotion Name Team Time/Gaps
1 Mara Abbott   USA National Team 3:16:01
2 Claudia Häusler   Team Tibco To The Top 0:00:24
3 Francesca Cauz   Top Girls Fassa Bortolo 0:00:34
4 Tatiana Guderzo   MCipollini Giordana 0:01:03
5 Evelyn Stevens   Specialized-Lululemon 0:01:32
6 Marianne Vos   Rabo Woman Cycling Team 0:01:39
7 Shara Gillow   Orica-AIS 0:01:46
8 Ashleigh Moolman   Lotto Belisol Ladies 0:01:52
9 Yevgenia Vysotska   S.C. Michela Fanini Rox 0:01:53
10 Alena Amialiusik   Bepink 0:02:02

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General Classification Top 10 - click here to see full GC

Position Name  Team Time/Gap
1 Mara Abbott   USA National Team 17:14:34
2 Tatiana Guderzo   MCipollini Giordana 0:02:40
3 Claudia Häusler   Team Tibco To The Top 0:02:55
4 Francesca Cauz   Top Girls Fassa Bortolo 0:03:10
5 Shara Gillow   Orica-AIS 0:04:50
6 Marianne Vos   Rabo Woman Cycling Team 0:05:09
7 Evelyn Stevens   Specialized-Lululemon 0:05:17
8 Ashleigh Moolman   Lotto Belisol Ladies 0:05:39
9 Yevgenia Vysotska   S.C. Michela Fanini Rox 0:05:42
10 Alena Amialiusik   Bepink 0:07:51

 

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