The final stage of the Giro Rosa was a circuit around the community of Verbania which the peloton traveled three times. On the 3rd lap the ascent up to the town of Bee was added to keep the stage from being a traditional sprint showcase. Sheyla Gutiérrez joined the days break of 9 riders and together they amassed a lead of almost 6 minutes at one point. There were many attempts to bridge to the break as the stage went on, but none of them would prove successful; they break would take the top 7 spots on the stage with the stage win going to Thalita de Jong (Rabo-Liv). Sheyla would come in 7th place after suffering an ill-timed mechanical near the top of the final climb. She held on to just beat the chasing GC favorites, of whom Megan Guarnier would cross the line with her overall lead in tact securing the final Pink Jersey of the race. Doris Schweizer placed 14th overall after 10 stages and sent in this report:
I had an incredible 10 days of racing. I am very happy to finish the Giro Rosa in the Top 15 (knowing that I can do much better in my future), it`s amazing! My highlight was climbing the Mortirolo with the best climbers of the World, this was a very special emotional moment! My TT-performance surprised me and I am sure I can achieve more good results in this discipline too.
On the other side I had a very challenging week without the help of our 2 Italians [Rossella Ratto and Valentina Scandolara both pulled out of the race after stage 4] which meant that I had less support with Sheyla focusing on the sprints, which she was amazing in! Then I really had to suffer of the heat which gave me a very bad day the day after Mortirolo where I lost 14 minutes, but this is part of the game.
Yesterday I had really bad luck with the crash in the first 500m of the stage and I had a lot of pain in my whole body. So today I had a terrible day on the bike but I fought until the end. Sure, it`s disappointing to lose 1 spot in the GC like this, but I gave my best. In general I am very happy and I learned a lot for the next year, when I will definitely be looking for more!! ;-)
Stage 9 Results:
Rnk Rider Team Time
1 DE JONG Thalita Rabobank-Liv Woman Cycling 2:44:24
Stage 9 General Classification:
Rnk Rider Team Time