2024 Giro d’Italia Women Stage Five – Race Report

How the race finished

Lotte Kopecky (SD Worx Protime) left the other sprinters in the dust, claiming stage five ahead of Stage Two winner Chiara Consonni (UAE Team ADQ) and Arlenis Sierra (Movistar).

Full results are available below.

How it happened

Stage Five started in Frontone, following a rolling course with only one categorised climb on the way to Foligno, in the province of Perugia.
The most difficult part of the day came early with the climb to Morello, a category 3 climb topping out 15km into the stage. With the hot weather and limited opportunities due to the flatter terrain that would follow, no team seemed interested in pushing the pace too much. Across the top, Justine Ghekiere (AG Insurance Soudal) took the maximum QOM points available.

The first attack of the day came at 88 km to go, with Cristina Tonetta (Laboral Kutxa-Fundación Euskadi) building a small gap of around 35 seconds before being reeled back about 5 kilometres later. At 65km to go Alessia Vigilia (FDJ Suez) set off from the peloton who didn’t react, allowing her to quickly establish a lead of thirty seconds. Aileen Schweikart (Laboral Kutxa Fundación Euskadi) tried to bridge, with the bunch picking up the pace and stringin out. Elise Chabbey (Canyon//Sram Racing) was next to try, but her move was closely marked and the action in the bunch saw Vigilia brought back.

Further attacks were marked out by the teams with sprinters in the bunch, who began to control things. As the day only got hotter, news came through that Elisa Balsamo (Lidl Trek) had abandoned – she was one of the favourites for today, but having been mildly unwell, the hot conditions were too much for her to safely push on.

The intermediate sprint came at 51 km to go, and Silvia Zanardi (Human Powered Health) took maximum points. Arianna Fidanza (Ceratizit WNT Pro Cycling) used the slowdown after the intermediate sprint to attack, but wasn’t able to go clear, despite there looking to be little control in the peloton.

A few kilometres later, Tota Magalhães (BePink-Bongioanni) kicked it off again, building a slender lead. A few teams tried to bridge to no avail. On a small punch climb Franziska Koch (dsm firmenich PostNL) drilled the pace on the front, brining the gap down to around 10 seconds. Marta Jaskulska (Ceratizit WNT Pro Cycling) jumped across and went over the top, building a small solo lead. Attacks kept coming, but nothing stuck, and Jaskulska held her lead.

At 15km to go SD Worx Protime were joined in the chase by UAE Team ADQ, with the gap around thirty seconds. Jaskulska continued riding hard,still holding 15 seconds at 10km to go, but found herself swept up two kilometres later.

A chaotic run in saw the riders having to navigate numerous intersections, round abouts and corners, and Human Powered Health’s sprinter Zanardi was brought down in a crash. At 3km to go Liv AlUla Jayco controlled the front, before EF-Oatly Cannonale took over.

SD Worx Protime came to the front late, railing the final corner with Guarischi on the front and Kopecky on the wheel. Behind, a gap opened up to the UAE leadout train, as their lead rider drifted wide. Kopecky launched on the exit of the corner, leaving no opportunity for Chiara Consonni to get into her draft. Kopecky won with a 10m gap, with Arlenis Sierra (Movistar) coming in third.

Stage Five Results

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