Marianne Vos (Jumbo-Visma) covered a crucial attack late in the race from Elisa Longo Borghini (Trek-Segafredo) and soared to victory on the seventh stage of the Giro Donne. Anna van der Breggen (SD Worx) continued her incredible journey at the Giro Donne and took third place on the stage.
The seventh stage of the Giro Donne ended with a series of hilly circuits which sparked a flurry of attacks from some of the top teams. Without a victory over the Giro Donne so far, Liv Racing and FDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope have been aggressive. SD Worx was not going to stop showing off after his two stage victories and while holding two shirts and the first three places in the general classification. Ashleigh Moolman Pasio and Niamh Fisher-Black were particularly active in the last kilometers.
With a hard-hitting climb in the final two kilometers of the race, the teams decided to throw different options to the wall and see what got stuck. For example, the DSM team sent Coryn Rivera on the attack and held back Lorena Wiebes in the event of a tuck sprint.
In the last four kilometers, it seemed that the teams with good sprinters, Team DSM, Trek-Segafredo and Ceratizit-WNT, were resigned to a massive sprint, but the race went haywire with 1.5 km to go.
Trek-Segafredo was in the lead and leading the pace, and Ruth Winder made a manual grimace as Tiffany Cromwell (Canyon-SRAM) threw a glorious attack right in front of the former United States National Champion.
Fortunately for Trek-Segafredo, Elisa Longo Borghini was perfectly positioned to follow Cromwell’s movement and then win over the Australian rider. Only Vos was able to keep up with Longo Borghini’s attack, with Rivera swinging behind the duo.
Unfortunately, it seems that Longo Borghini constantly finds herself in end-of-race movements that don’t favor her. It was first at the Strade Bianche against Chantal van den Broek-Blaak, then it was a doomed blow to Gent-Wevelgem, and again at the Giro Donne, the Italian national champion was not up to Vos.
Vos was seated in the wake of Longo Borghini as the Italian went out of her way to stay clear of the rest of the field. In the last 150 meters, Vos took off from Longo Borghini to claim his 30th stage victory at the Giro Donne and his second at the Giro Donne 2021.
Longo Borghini still held second, with race leader Van der Breggen taking third.
âIt’s an incredible number, but it’s not really something I thought of. You know, every day is a new day in the Giro, and every day you have to be prepared to focus, to fight and to make it happen, âVos said.
Giro d’Italia Internazionale Femminile (2.Pro)
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