The San Michele all’Adige – San Lorenzo Dorsino ninth and penultimate stage of Giro Donne’s 33rd Edition is just concluded
KRISTEN FAULKNER TAMES PASSO DAONE, SECOND PLACE FOR MARTA CAVALLI, THIRD FOR ELISA LONGO BORGHINI. ANNEMIEK VAN VLEUTEN RANKS FOURTH, DEFENDING HER PINK AND CYCLAMEN JERSEYS
Queen Stage and “Cima Coppi” goes to the American athlete, signing her second victory at Giro and taking the Green Jersey; White Jersey confirmed for Niamh Fisher-Black and Blue for Marta Cavalli
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San Lorenzo Dorsino, 9th July 2022 – Kristen Faulkner (TEAM BIKEEXCHANGE – JAYCO) seizes the Queen Stage and the “Cima Coppi” of Giro Donne’s 33rd edition, crossing the finish line first in San Lorenzo Dorsino; second place for Marta Cavalli (FDJ NOUVELLE – AQUITAINE FUTURSCOPE), third for Elisa Longo Borghini (TREK SEGAFREDO) both doing an encore of yesterday’s podium; fourth place for Annemiek van Vleuten (MOVISTAR TEAM WOMEN) who defends both her 2022 Pink and Cyclamen Jerseys.
The 1992-born American champion, after the individual time trial in Cagliari on 30th June, wins her second stage of this year’s Giro, the 112.8-km long “San Michele all’Adige – San Lorenzo Dorsino”, penultimate race before tomorrow’s grand finale, with a time of 3:36:36, 59’’ ahead of Marta Cavalli and 1’14’’ from Longo Borghini and Van Vleuten, also earning the Green Jersey after winning all 3 MGP for today. White Jersey confirmed for Niamh Fisher-Black (SD WORX) while Marta Cavalli keeps the Blue.
Today’s finish line featured 5 Italians in the Top 10: besides Cavalli and Longo Borghini, fifth place goes to Gaia Realini (ISOLMANT – PREMAC – VITTORIA), seventh to Silvia Persico (VALCAR TRAVEL & SERVICE) while Erica Magnaldi (UAE TEAM ADQ) ranks tenth.
Regarding the general classification: Annemiek van Vleuten still dominates with a 1’52’’ advantage on Marta Cavalli, a 6’10’’ advantage on Mavi Garcia Cañellas (UAE TEAM ADQ) while staying ahead of Elisa Longo Borghini by 6’59’’; the general Top 10 also features Silvia Persico and Erica Magnaldi, the latter ranking eighth.
Stage winner Kristen Faulkner declares: “Last year I was always in the rear, this year is a very special Giro Donne for me. I wanted to deliver all my best not just for personal glory but mostly for my team who keeps doing an amazing job. After yesterday’s escape I wanted to continue, I felt in good shape and I managed to keep the distance between me and the other contestants while performing at my best. It’s hard to ask for more when it comes to tomorrow, I will try to help out my fellow teammates who are better suited for acceleration-based victories”.
Gaia Realini and Kristen Faulkner accelerated at km 15, the latter winning the first 2nd-tier Mountain Grand Prix at 1032 meters above sea level at km 22.8 in Fai della Paganella, as well as the second at Passo Duron at km 62.4 (1000 m altitude); Brodie Chapman (FDJ NOUVELLE – AQUITAINE FUTURSCOPE) pursued them starting from km 35, together with Anouska Koster (TEAM JUMBO-VISMA), Lucinda Brand (TREK SEGAFREDO) and Erica Magnaldi. Faulkner also won the 76.2 km Traguardo Volante in Vigo Rendena.
Realini and Faulkner faced the climb of Passo Daone at -32 km from the goal, with an average gradient of 10.9% and a maximum of 18.1%, with a gap of about 2 minutes from the 4 pursuers and almost 4 minutes from the Pink Jersey bunch, from which Marta Cavalli, Annemiek van Vleuten and Mavi Garcia Cañellas left at -30 km, the latter eventually lagging behind. Faulkner was left alone to face and seize the third and last MGP, a 1st-tier, at an altitude of 1291 meters at km 86.9. At -16 km the pursuers are composed by Cavalli, Van Vleuten and Elisa Longo Borghini (TREK SEGAFREDO), who caught up with Gaia Realini and shortened the distance to -1 minute and 40’’ with Faulkner.
Julie Leth (UNO-X PRO CYCLING TEAM) withdrew from the race.
Tomorrow Sunday 10th July Giro Donne reaches its climax in Veneto with the 90.5-km long race of “Abano Terme – Padua”. The tenth stage thus starts in Abano Terme at 11.50 am at an altitude of 14 meters and then crosses the Euganean Hills until reaching Padua, where the winner of this edition will be dressed in pink.
After the starting shot, the race heads west and south, staying level for 17 km before tackling a climb which leads to a 3rd-tier Mountain Grand Prix in Rovolon at 151 m above sea level at km 21.7. With a descent towards Zovon, a hamlet of Vo’, at km 30 the race returns to flat level, entering the municipalities of Cinto Euganeo, Este, Baone, Monselice, Galzignano Terme, Torreglia and Montegrotto Terme. A panoramic route, with a Traguardo Volante (flying finish line) at km 44.7, allowing us to admire the gorgeous views of the Hills. The arrival time is estimated at approximately 2.15 pm at Prato della Valle in Padua.
GIRO DONNE – JERSEY CLASSIFICATION:
PINK JERSEY / UNHCR: Annemiek van Vleuten – MOVISTAR TEAM WOMEN
CYCLAMEN JERSEY / FASTWEB: Annemiek van Vleuten – MOVISTAR TEAM WOMEN
GREEN JERSEY / DISCOVERY+: Kristen Faulkner – TEAM BIKEEXCHANGE – JAYCO
WHITE JERSEY / EUROSPORT: Niamh Fisher-Black – SD WORX
BLUE JERSEY / IL MESSAGGERO: Marta Cavalli – FDJ NOUVELLE-AQUITAINE FUTUROSCOPE
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