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24' Giro Femminile - Giro Rosa, 2013

 

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Stage 7 -Vos wins for third time, Abbott hold onto overall

Corbetta (MI) – Corbetta (MI),120,0 km

 

Race Writeup

Marianne Vos (Rabo Women) showed fans why she is a World and Olympic champion showing the rest of the peloton her heels in the field sprint in Corbetta. Vos beat Giorgia Bronzini (Wiggle Honda) and Shelley Olds (Team TIBCO), to the line on the last road stage.

Mara Abbott retains her firm grasp on the maglia rosa as Vos sits in fifth place at 4 minutes 50.seconds back.  While Abbott may have a stronghold on the race lead, the final stage time trial will prove decisive for the lesser general classification positions.

The parcours was 8 laps of a 15km loop around the town of Corbetta in the province of Milan. With four tight corners in quick succession, that would mean technical skills were as important as speed, especially in the final lap..

Save for a few early break attempts and a short-lived late race split in the field stage seven stayed together from start to finish. Following two difficult days in the mountains, the heat and the fast pace made for another challenging day of Italian racing. Inside two laps to go, the bunch split into three distinct groups. The gaps between each were small, and the field came back together shortly after starting the last lap.

As the final lap approached, all of the teams were jostling for position. Wiggle Honda's Charlotte Becker did a massive turn on the front before Rabo Women’s Lucinda Brand and Specialized Lululemon's  Ellen van Dijk took control at the front.  Brand decided to shake thing up however with an attack in the final 500m. This forced the sprinters to take off after her, Wiggle Honda's Giorgia Bronzini led the chase, but hard on her wheel was Vos.  Vos came out the of the last corner level with  Bronzini and used her incredible leg speed to move ahead and cross the line first.

Comments

Dave McPartland  (Sport Director –Orica-AIS) always knew a win was going to be tough, “It was really fast all day,” said  McPartland. “There was never really any point where they let off the pace. The girls said a few teams were aggressive at the beginning of the stage. We covered the early moves. We wanted to make sure we were in anything that went away, but it predominantly stayed together.”

 “We tried to set up Mel in the finish,” said McPartland. “She ran tenth. There was a split at the finish, and Shara finished in the second large group, 9” behind Vos.”

While McPartland has given each of his riders the option to race full gas in the tour ending time trial, his focus is firmly focused on the Australian individual time trial champion in a position to post a strong result on the general classification. “Shara’s result tomorrow is obviously the most important for us,” McPartland said. “That’s the priority. Loes [Gunnewijk] should also do a good ride. She had an easy day today to rest her legs and ride for herself tomorrow.”

 

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Results - Top 10 - click here to see full result

Position Name Team Time/Gap
1 Marianne Vos   Rabo Woman Cycling Team 2:52:07
2 Giorgia Bronzini   Wiggle-Honda "
3 Shelley Olds   Team Tibco To The Top "
4 Kirsten Wild   Holland National Team "
5 Barbara Guarischi   Vaiano Fondriest "
6 Marta Tagliaferro   MCipollini Giordana "
7 Oksana Kozonchuk   RusVelo "
8 Alena Amialiusik   Bepink "
9 Giada Borgato   Pasta Zara-Cogeas "
10 Melissa Hoskins   Orica-AIS "

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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 20:06:50
2 Tatiana Guderzo   MCipollini Giordana 0:02:28
3 Claudia Häusler   Team Tibco To The Top 0:02:52
4 Francesca Cauz   Top Girls Fassa Bortolo 0:03:01
5 Marianne Vos   Rabo Woman Cycling Team 0:04:50
6 Shara Gillow   Orica-AIS "
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 0:07:42

 

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