Stage 3 of the Giro Rosa was certain to be a race for the sprinters with a relatively flat profile over 120 kilometers. Traveling from Montagnana to Lendinara, the race really didn’t see much action outside of crashes until the final 20 kiometers when Scotti Lechuga (HB Supermint) attacked and was joined by Olena Pavlukhina (BTC City Llubjana) with the pair earning a gap of just about 20 seconds over the chasing peloton. The catch was made inside 10 kilometers where Valentina Scandolara made a solo bid for the win. Valentina’s attack was soon swallowed up by the trains of the sprint teams looking to contest a bunch sprint. Chloe Hosking (Wiggle-High5) took top honors on the stage. Sheyla Gutiérrez was our top placed rider in 23rd place, while the rest of the team finished in the peloton on same time. Here is Sheyla’s report from stage 3:
It was supposed to be an easy stage, but it has been a windy day and the teams wanted to surprise the bunch with some echelons. It was hard to keep the girls safe in front. Also, there were many crashes and I also went down in a very bad moment when the bunch was stretched out so it took me a lot of time to get back to the front, also because many people were taking advantage of the situation attacking the bunch. We tried, but nothing would stick. Later, Kristabel crashed in another echelon but luckily she could reach the bunch again with our help. Valentina did the last try 10k to go but the team’s trains were getting organized in that moment. The Sprint was very fast and I couldn't go on the other teams' leadouts. More opportunity will come in the next days. That were no big changes in the GC.
Stage 4 is a slightly shorter stage at 98.55 kilometers and will see the peloton make a counter clockwise trip around Lago d'iseo. Starting in Costa Volpino and finishing in Lovere, the stage will tackle one major QOM point in Solto Collina, the Via Aldo Moro.
Stage 3 Results:
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Stage 3 General Classification:
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