24' Giro Femminile - Giro Rosa, 2013
Cremona (CR) individual time trial, 16,0km
Ellen van Dijk (Specialized-lululemon) showed her Dutch TT champion colours on the road of Cremona to take the stage from team-mate, Evelyn Stevens. Australian champion, Shara Gillow (Orica-AIS) was in sixth place overall, tied on time with Marianne Vos (Rabo Women) at the start of the stage, Gillow's race against the clock afforded her a two spot jump on the general classification and a third on the stage.
The Dutch time trial champion completed the Giro Rosa's final stage time trial 35 seconds faster than Stevens and 53 seconds faster than Gillow. Mara Abbott, Giro Rosa champion in 2011, added a second overall victory to her palmares today as her 23 minute 26 second effort against the clock kept her comfortably in the maglia rosa. While general classification runner-up Tatiana Guderzo (MCipollini Giordana) and third-placed Claudia Häusler (Team TIBCO), the 2009 Giro Rosa champion, both finished the time trial faster than Abbott, they finished 1minute 33 seconds and 2 minutes 18 seconds behind respectively overall to the American.
Mara Abbott (USA National Team) could not have been happier with her own performance, "I can finally say I managed to do it! Thanks goes to my team, the public and all those who believed in me," Abbott said after the podium presentations. "Now, I'll have an ice-cream, pack my stuff and fly back home where I'll celebrate with my family and friends. I'll be back to the Giro to try to be the best once again and to feel the warmth of the Italian fans."
Tatiana Guderzo (MCipollini Giordana), the Italian time trial champion, was pleased with her Giro Rosa performance and is looking ahead to the Tuscany, Italy-hosted world championships later this season. "Like every Giro rider I was dreaming of taking the maglia rosa, but I am really satisfied with my final result," said Guderzo. "I also want to thank my teammates and race director Rivolta for their hard work. It was really a great Giro." Ellen van Dijk (Specialized Lululemon) rode with confidence in the Dutch colours, she dominated the flat 16km coure, "I was the favorite for this stage, but the end of a stage race is always unpredictable," said Van Dijk. "I'm so happy that I achieved my goal."
Dave McPartland (Sport Director Orica-AIS) was a little dissappointed to not get a podium place overall but he was very satisfied with way the entire race was ridden, "I'm really happy with our race in the end," said McPartland. "Like I said from the start, we didn't come here for GC. We came here for stages. We didn't win any stages, but we come away with fourth overall. Sometimes that's the way it happens. You can go in fighting for the GC and walk away with stage wins and 15th overall or you can come in for stage wins but get an overall result. The Giro is funny like that." "I'm not surprised that Shara did so well," McPartland added. "She actually could have probably finished higher up if we had done a few things differently."
The pan flat time trial course suited Gillow's strengths. The roads were wide and open with sweeping bends rather than angled corners. "One dodgy u-turn at a roundabout after 6km and a section of pavé in the last 300m were the only remotely difficult sections," noted McPartland. "It was not a technical circuit. Shara's strategy was to go fast. It was as simple as that to her. She was highly motivated to move up on the overall." Although ORICA-AIS missed out on the coveted stage victory, McPartland is proud of how his team raced the eight day Italian tour. "We gave it every effort to be on the front foot," McPartland said. "The second half of the race was probably a bit more restrictive than I had imagined. There weren't many stages that finished in breakaways. Once the Americans got the jersey, they seemed to want to keep the race together. They sort of panicked anytime anything went up the road - even if the move wasn't a threat to Abbott's lead. We had a crack every day. I can't ask for much more from them than that."
Photos Click on any image to enlarge >>
Want to contact WomensCycling.net?
The WomensCycling.net email address is NewsResults [at] Womenscycling.net
To contact the webmaster, the address is : Webmaster [at] Womenscycling.net
Type this address into the "To" line of a new email message in your email programme. Replace [at] with @
WomensCycling.net 2004 - 2012©