Cylance Pro Cycling Giro Rosa Stage 1 Report From Krista Doebel-Hickok

What looked on paper like a proper day for the sprinters included a quite a bit more climbing than advertised near the end of stage 1. The race profile allowed a small group of 4 riders to get away and with a gap that drew close to a minute on the chasing peloton for the final 20 kilometers of the race. With less than 5 kilometers to go a chasing group joined the leaders and a group of 9 would contest the stage win and shake up the GC with Giorgia Bronzini (Wiggle-High5) taking the stage win ahead of new pink jersey Megan Guarnier (Boels-Dolmans). Rossella Ratto contested the field sprint with the chasing peloton to finish 15th at 41 seconds behind the race winner with team mate Kristabel Doebel-Hickok near her in at 19th place. Krista checks in from stage 1 below:

Today was really hot with some short but hard climbs in the last 20 km. Our team has lots of cards to play, and we wanted to keep them all in the mix today. It is a LONG stage race, and we are just getting started!

Like many racers here, I am working on getting over jet lag and the sleep deprivation that comes with international travel. Which means I should feel better and better with each day. I don't think today was my best performance, but you give what you have and you move on to the next stage.

Nothing makes me happier than being back racing with my teammates. And for 10 days, way fun!

Stage 2 will be slightly longer than today at 111.1km and will conclude with an uphill finish as we see the peloton continue their tour around Northern Italy from Tarcento to Montenars.

Stage 1 Results:

Rnk      Rider                                     Team                                               Time

1          BRONZINI Giorgia                 Wiggle High5                                   2:38:22

2          GUARNIER Megan                Boels - Dolmans Cycling Team        st

3          LELEIVYTE Rasa                   Aromitalia - Vaiano                          st

15         RATTO Rossella                    Cylance Pro Cycling                          0:41

19         DOEBEL-HICKOK Kristabel Cylance Pro Cycling                           st

24         SCHWEIZER Doris              Cylance Pro Cycling                           st

69         SCANDOLARA Valentina    Cylance Pro Cycling                           3:21

92         GUTIÉRREZ Sheyla             Cylance Pro Cycling                           4:51

Stage 1 General Classification:

Rnk      Rider                                           Team                                              Time

1              GUARNIER Megan                Boels - Dolmans Cycling Team          2:40:42

2             NIEWIADOMA Katarzyna    Rabobank-Liv Woman Cycling Team 0:08

3            BRONZINI Giorgia                Wiggle High5                                      st

18           RATTO Rossella                     Cylance Pro Cycling                           0:54

25          DOEBEL-HICKOK Kristabel  Cylance Pro Cycling                           0:57

26          SCHWEIZER Doris                Cylance Pro Cycling                           0:58

58           SCANDOLARA Valentina     Cylance Pro Cycling                           3:34

85           GUTIÉRREZ Sheyla               Cylance Pro Cycling                           5:06