Italian Double At The Giro

There was a second Italian victory in as many days at the Giro d’Italia Women today, as the Sirmione-Volta Mantovana saw Chiara Consonni take the win. The 2022 world track champion won the hotly-contested sprint ahead of Lotte Kopecky, current world champion on the road and Elisa Balsamo, winner of the rainbow jersey in 2021. The peloton struggled to catch the lone breakaway Ana Vitória Magalhães, who was pulled back with just under 5km to go. The Brazilian rider of Bepink – Bongioanni took the Maglia Azzurra of the GPM. 

Elisa Longo Borghini still leads the general classification on the eve of an important day for the Maglia Rosa contenders. Tomorrow’s Sabbioneta-Toano will be the first uphill finish of this year’s edition of the race.

Speaking in the press conference, the stage winner Chiara Consonni, said, “It’s a very important victory, both for the quality of the riders I left behind and for the development of the stage. We knew it was a route suitable for breakaways, and the peloton let it go, so much so that the riders in the lead gained up to over 6′. The team did a great job to catch up with the escapees and I want to thank all my teammates. I have a big goal, the track race in Paris, and this victory will motivate me even more!”

The Maglia Rosa Elisa Longo Borghini said, “Wearing the Maglia Rosa in the race is special. A lot of riders came to congratulate me, and on the road I saw a lot of posters with my name. At one point I was afraid I was going to lose it because the breakaway had taken so much advantage, but things came back to normality in the finale. Tomorrow will be an important day, although I don’t think the climb will make too much of a difference between the GC riders”.

STATISTICS

  • Third victory at the Giro d’Italia Women for Chiara Consonni after Padova 2022 and Olbia 2023. Thanks to this victory, Italy joins Holland at the top of the all-time ranking for stage victories at the Giro d’Italia Women: 75-75.
  • With Chiara Consonni winning and Elisa Balsamo in third place, Italy places two athletes on the stage podium for the first time since Padua 2022, when it was Chiara Consonni-Rachele Barbieri 

GENERAL CLASSIFICATION
1 – Elisa Longo Borghini (Lidl – Trek)
2 – Grace Brown (FDJ-Suez) at 1″
3 – Brodie Chapman (Lidl – Trek) at 13”

STAGE RESULTS
1 – Chiara Consonni (UAE Team ADQ) – 110 km in 2h41’58”, av speed 40.749 km/h
2 – Lotte Kopecky (Team SD Worx – Protime) s.t.
3 – Elisa Balsamo (Lidl – Trek) s.t.

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