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GIRO DONNE – PIGEONS’ UPDATE – STAGE2!

Posted in Giorgia Bronzini, Giro Donne, Ina Teutenberg, Marianne Vos, Pigeons, Rochelle Gilmore by lagazzettadellabici on July 3, 2010

Day 2 at the Giro Donne, and another sprint stage.  This one included a climb in the first half, but although Grete Treier from SC Michela Fanini broke away and solo-ed off through the heat, the peloton weren’t going to let her get too far away, so once they were ready, they ate her up.

It was a hot, fast finish, marred by a huge crash – a motorbike pulled out in front of Cervélo’s Kirsten Wild, and although Wild avoided falling, she couldn’t contest the sprint – and a whole load of riders, including GC contenders Emma Pooley and Claudia Häusler from Cervélo, Tatiana Guderzo and Monia Baccaile (Valdarno)  and Team Australia’s Kirsty Broun.  Worst affected was Lotto’s sprinter Rochelle Gilmore, who was taken to hospital as a precaution after the stage – luckily she’s ok, just bruised and scratched.

The sprint itself was hard and fast, and yet again won by HTC’s Ina-Yoko Teutenberg ahead of Giorgia Bronzini (Gauss) and Marianne Vos (Nederland National Team).  Ina has had an amazing season – this is her 17th win so far, and she’s looking incredibly hard to beat.  She starts tomorrow in the Maglia Rosa again, but I can’t see her finishing in it – it’s the Time Trial stage tomorrow, and we’ll see some small gaps open up.  It’s 17km, the longest ITT in the Giro Donne since 2003, and my bet for teams to watch are Cervélo and the Netherlands – I’m not sure it’s hilly enough for Pooley, but her team-mates excel at these flat races.  Amber Neben, of Team USA, could also be good – we’ll see what happens.   Stage 4 will be pancake flat again, so there’s a good chance of seeing Ina win again there, before we start getting lumpy, and the women who like the uphill will be more than ready to stretch their legs… 

Pigeons

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  1. James said, on July 4, 2010 at 12:14 am

    Keep these coming as it is a huge motivator for Tsukino, who I hope one day will race in these events.

  2. gayle said, on July 4, 2010 at 2:58 am

    Great report!What the hell is with the motor bike?I rode with Rachel and Amber in a tour down here in March. If Amber's team have it together like they did here she'll be hard to beat. They're as controlling as a punch drunk boyfriend with something to prove. Rachel can shake off any amount of crashes and ride the next day like nothing happened.Looking forward to the next stage.

  3. Anonymous said, on July 9, 2010 at 10:20 am

    I know, it was madness – and apparently Alsion Starnes had a car pull out in front of her on the TT course as well! Amber's a great rider, i'm so pleased to see her back on the European roads – she's inpsirational!Sarah-Pigeons


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