2024 Giro d’Italia Women Stage One – Race Report

How the race finished

Elisa Longo Borghini (Lidl Trek) just edged out Grace Brown (FDJ Suez) to take the win in the opening Individual Time Trial at the Giro d’Italia Women, with Brodie Chapman (Lidl Trek) rounding out the podium.

Full results are available below.

How it happened

Stage One of Giro Donne got underway in Brescia, in the northern region of Lombardy, with 14.7km long time trial that would immediately separate the GC contenders.

With bad weather forecast in the afternoon, most of the major contenders for the GC competition chose to start earlier in the day. Italian rider Carmela Cipriani (BePink-Bongioanni) was first off the blocks at 11:35am, followed shortly after by local favourite Silvia Persico (UAE Team ADQ). 

Juliette Labous (dsm firmenich Post NL) was the first of the big GC hopefuls to get her ride underway, followed closely by Lotte Kopecky (SD Worx Protime) and Elisa Longo Borghini (Lidl Trek). At the first intermediate checkpoint, Longo Borghini led by 11 seconds over Kopecky and 18 seconds over Labous, with Persico already losing significant ground. 

TT specialist Grace Brown (FDJ Suez) came through the intermediate split clocking the same speed as Longo Borghini, with Cédrine Kerbaol (Ceratizit WNT) not far behind.  

At the finish line, Labous went into the hot seat, and Kopecky finished four seconds down. Labous barely had time to settle into the hot seat before a flying Longo Borghini came through 25 seconds faster, to claim the fastest time so far. Longo Borghini was on the edge of her seat as Brown came to the finish line, with the Australian champion finishing within 1 second of Longo Borghini’s time, but not doing enough to unseat her. 

Swiss Champion Elena Hartmann (Roland) put in a solid ride to take a provisional fourth place, with Kerbaol slipping into sixth and Ella Wyllie (Liv AlUla Yajco) putting in an unexpectedly strong ride to take provisional 7th place. After riding strongly at the recent dutch national championship, Lieke Nooijen (Visma | Lease a Bike) slotted into provisional third, bumping all those other riders down one position.

After all the big names, the next groups of riders had trouble breaking into the top ten. New Zealand Champion Kim Cadzow (EF-Oatly Cannondale) came in 1 minute 14 seconds down on Longo Borghini, while Longo Borghini’s teammate Gaia Realini came in 1 minute 8 seconds down. Liane Lippert (Movistar) finished a huge 2 minutes 33 seconds behind, setting her up for stage hunting in this Giro. 

The next group of riders to make an impact on the overall standings were Loes Adegeest (FDJ Suez) who slotted into eighth, ahead of Katrine Aalerud (Uno X) in ninth, Franziska Koch (dsm firmenich PostNL) in tenth and Antonia Niedermeier (Canyon//Sram Racing) in tenth. 

At the intermediate split, Silke Smulders (Liv AlUla Jayco) stormed through in provisional fifth place, on the same time as early starter Lotte Kopecky. As the descent on the cobbled roads began to get slippery, Smulders crashed, and although she was able to remount and finish her ride, she lost the opportunity to post what had looked to be a stunning time.

Brodie Chapman (Lidl Trek) rode strongly, despite the deteriorating conditions, crossing the finish line just 13 seconds down on her teammate Elisa Longo Borghini, and slotting in to provisional third position. Shortly afterwards, Ruth Edwards (Human Powered Health) also got off to a strong start, coming through the intermediate at just 5 seconds down on Longo Borghini. Once again the slippery descent slowed her through the second half, and Edwards came in inside the top ten but 30 seconds down on the leader.

With all the riders completing their race, Elisa Longo Borghini claimed the first leader’s jersey of the race, ahead of Grace Brown and Brodie Chapman.

 

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