The Danish rider has taken Movistar Team’s first-ever success in the Italian stage race, and the squad’s 14th win this season.
After second place in last Tuesday’s first bunch sprint, Norsgaard won the longest stage in this year’s race, over 155km in and around Colico, near the Lago di Como. The success was the result of strong teamwork and the contributions in particular of Leah Thomas, Sara Martín and Aude Biannic, who were involved in keeping the breakaways under control and later leading out the ‘Danish Rocket’ for the fast finale.
Norsgaard prevailed over Rivera (DSM), Vos (TJV) and Bastianelli (ALE). The team, which continues to hope for a strong overall result with Katrine Aalerud, should still have a maximum of three chances with Norsgaard through until Sunday, starting with tomorrow’s undulating stage seven around Puegnago del Garda.
“It’s been an amazing job from the whole team to carry me in good position through those final kilometers. Things couldn’t have gone better today, to be honest. i’m so happy to have been able to crown this after yesterday’s second place, and especially reward my team-mates for everything they’ve for me through to the finish. It’s always said in these situations, but it’s true: this is the result of teamwork. I came close, then I took this win and now the goal has to be to aim for some more. I’m really enjoying this race, I always love doing the Giro, and hopefully with this great group of girls we can continue offering joy to this team.” – Emma Norsgaard