Giro Win For Fisher-Black

Team SD Worx-Protime featured strongly in the third stage of the Giro d’Italia to take the victory. With Niamh Fisher-Black and Lotte Kopecky, the Dutch World team had two riders in the elite leading group on the final climb. The New Zealand pocket climber placed a well-timed attack and took the stage win. Lotte Kopecky won the sprint in the chasing group, ensuring a one-two punch. “I saw an opportunity and grabbed it with both hands. This stage win in the Giro d’Italia is a boost for my self-confidence. This is the best win of my career,” a delighted Niamh Fisher-Black concluded.

She added, “I am overjoyed. I was determined to go down to the Giro d’Italia. I worked really hard while looking for some confidence. This is the confirmation I needed. Lotte and I were in the perfect situation, two in front in a small group. I had a lot of confidence in Lotte’s final sprint, so I knew everything before it was my responsibility. When Mavi Garcia attacked, I reacted and rode towards her when it just levelled out a bit. At the next steep stretch, I placed my attack and was alone in front. I tried to go as fast as possible, as I was afraid they would come back. I saw an opportunity and grabbed it with both hands. I am super happy that I could finish it.”

As a bonus, Niamh Fisher-Black also leads the mountain classification after stage three. “It’s not a goal in itself because I have even bigger goals in this Giro d’Italia. I want to ride a good final classification. That will be determined on the climbs, so I hope to do well on the climbs anyway and then I will automatically gather points for the mountain jersey. I am very happy with this win, it is confirmation that things are going in the right direction with my evolution. The Olympics are coming up, so everyone is in top form. I had already achieved several places of honour in the Giro, but to finally take the stage victory like this… This is the best win of my career!”

Lotte Kopecky said, “I am very happy with this win by Niamh Fisher-Black! Everyone has told Niamh many times that she has to believe in herself and take her chances. She has done that today. I myself was in an ideal position. It was nice to see her pull away from Mavi Garcia and win. Today was a super day, for the whole team. Yesterday we just missed out, today it worked out for our team. Niamh is a strong climber and this is a great reward for her. That I take over the points jersey with my second place is a nice bonus. It is not a goal in itself. I’m not going to waste energy gathering points at the intermediate sprints. But if I can earn points at the finish and still have the jersey in my possession for the last two days, it might become a goal.”

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