24' Giro Femminile - Giro Rosa, 2013
Stage 7 -Vos wins for third time, Abbott hold onto overall
Corbetta (MI) – Corbetta (MI),120,0 km
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.
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..
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.
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.
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.”
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.”
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
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