2024 Giro d’Italia Women Stage Two – Race Report

How the race finished

Chiara Consonni (UAE Team ADQ) outsprinted Lotte Kopecky (SD Worx Protime) to claim stage two, with Elisa Balsamo (Lidl Trek) crossing the line in third.Full results are available below.

How it happened

The second stage of the Giro d’Italia Women was one for the sprinters, with a 109.3km course from Sirmione, on the southern shores of Lake Garda, to Volta Mantovana. With time gaps already established in the opening individual Time Trial, riders were allowed a little more leeway to form a break away.

Shortly after the start, Ana Vitoria Magalhães (BePink Bongioanni) and Alessia Missiaggia (Top Girls Fasso Bortolo) attacked. The peloton was happy to sit up and let them go, as neither was a real threat to the General Classification. The gap to the pair extended out quickly, and by 55 km to go, halfway into the race, the pair held a 6 minute lead.

Behind, a chasing duo of Beatrice Rossato and Valeria Curnia, both of Isomat-Premac-Vittoria formed, but found themselves stuck half way between the leaders and the peloton, unable to make any real headway. The peloton didn’t seem interested in committing to a serious chase, with the time gap up heading out towards 6 and a half minutes.

It seemed that Lidl Trek, the team of race leader Elisa Longo Borghini, were happy to let the break take the stage honours, despite having the stage favourite in Elisa Balsamo. With the top positions on the General Classification so tightly contested, it was possible that they were keen to limit opportunities for Lotte Kopecky (SD Worx Protime) to take any bonus seconds. Canyon//Sram Racing began to commit to chasing a bit harder, possibly thinking about their fast finished in Maike van Der Duin. 

In the intermediate sprint at 38km to go Ruby Roseman Gannon (Liv AlUla Jayco) les the peloton over the line, to pick up the remaining sprint points on office. Up ahead, the leading duo were beginning to run out of steam, with their lead beginning to fade. Sensing the opportunity, UAE Team ADQ also began to chase, and Lidl-Trek finally put a rider on the front. 

At 32km to go Magalhães dropped Missiaggia on the Cavriana climb. While she was looking strong, it was still a long way to go solo, and the peloton continued picking up the pace behind. On the same climb the peloton swallowed up the two Isomat riders who had been caught in between. Elise Chabbey (Canyon//Sram Racing) raised the pace even more. Dominika Włodarczyk (UAE Team ADQ) attacked over the top, and was joined by Alessia Vigilia (FDJ Suez) and Justine Ghekiere (AG Soudal Quickstep), but the group couldn’t get away.

Out front, Magalhães continued riding strongly. Lidl Trek were the main team chasing in the peloton, but with 20 km to go, on the first passage through the finish line, they were still over three minutes behind. The pace was still low enough that Marta Jaskulska (Ceratizit WNT) was able to attack, but she was brought back again on the second and final time up the Cavriana climb. 

At 10km to go, over the crest of the climb, Magalhães still held 2 minutes over the peloton, where SD Worx Protime had now taken the helm. Canyon//Sram Racing and Lidl Trek also worked hard on the front, and by 4km to go the gap had plummeted to 35 seconds. 

As Magalhães was caught with 2 kilometres to go Anouska Koster attacked over the top, into the technical run in, but the lead out trains of the larger teams swept her move up quickly. Ceratizit WNT controlled the lead out, but Kopecky came out of the wheels, surging toward the finish. Alongside her, Chiara Consonni was neck and neck, and managed to just take the win on the lunge to the line. Behind them Balsamo (Lidl Trek) finished third, but the team giving away valuable bonus seconds to Lotte Kopecky. 

 

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