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Cylance Pro Cycling Giro Rosa Stage 6 Report From Krista Doebel-Hickok

Stage 6 was the Queen Stage of the 2016 edition of the Giro Rosa and featured four categorized climb, including the summit finish up to the Madonna della Guardia. With 45km completed in the stage, we had a solo leader, Kasia Niewiadoma (Rabo-Liv) with 2 minutes on the pink jersey group that contained Krista Doebel-Hickok looking out for Doris Schweizer. The gap to the chasers dropped steadily as the loan leader reached the third climb of the day, the Passo Caprauna, now with only a minute on the Pink Jersey. Niewiadoma was soon joined by Mara Abbott (Wiggle-High5) and Evelyn Stevens (Boels-Dolmans) with a chase group with Megan Guarnier (Boels-Dolmans) just behind. Third group on the road contained Doris and several more chasers. With Abbott and Stevens joining Niewiadoma, the new lead group extended their lead to over 2 minutes with 40km to go. Slightly before the 3 leaders reached the base of the final climb they were caught by the first chase group and 12 riders hit the base of the final summit finish up to Madonna della Guardia. Evelyn Stevens patiently outlasted attacks from Mara Abbott before launching her own solo bid and taking the stage win with her teammate Megan Guarnier following in second place (now the new leader of the General Classification). This stage proved every bit as difficult as advertised and the gaps between the riders were very large. Krista added her report:

In the mountains, I stayed Doris to help as long as I could. When I was dropped, I found myself solo for 40+ km. I kept riding steady hard, until a group caught me at km 100. 

I am still suffering from the 2 earlier crashes, but always ready to fight. 

Stage 7 is the second individual time trial of the Giro Rosa (the race started with a 2km prologue stage) that will cover 21.9 kilometers from Albisola Superiore to Varazze. There are two climbs in the first half of the stage (3km/5.6% and 2km/7.5%) before the riders will come screaming down into Varazze on the Northwest coast of Italy just west of Genoa. Doris will be looking to fly her national colors with pride as the time trial champion of Switzerland.

 

Stage 6 Results:        

Rnk     Rider                                       Team                                                  Time

1          STEVENS Evelyn                   Boels - Dolmans Cycling Team          3:47:42

2          GUARNIER Megan                Boels - Dolmans Cycling Team          0:06

3          VAN DER BREGGEN Anna   Rabobank-Liv Woman Cycling Team 0:19

18        SCHWEIZER Doris                Cylance Pro Cycling                           14:00

41        DOEBEL-HICKOK Kristabel  Cylance Pro Cycling                           22:44

100      GUTIÉRREZ Sheyla              Cylance Pro Cycling                           35:27

 

 

Stage 6 General Classification:

Rnk     Rider                                       Team                                                  Time

1          GUARNIER Megan                Boels - Dolmans Cycling Team          16:50:41

2          ABBOTT Mara                        Wiggle High5                                      0:46

3          STEVENS Evelyn                   Boels - Dolmans Cycling Team          1:03

15        SCHWEIZER Doris                Cylance Pro Cycling                           18:35

34        DOEBEL-HICKOK Kristabel  Cylance Pro Cycling                           39:33

92        GUTIÉRREZ Sheyla              Cylance Pro Cycling                           1:12:32

Cylance Pro Cycling Giro Rosa Stage 5 Report From Doris Schweizer

Stage 5 featured the first true test for the peloton at this year’s Giro Rosa, the Passo di Mortirolo. The real racing began after about 30 kilometers when the peloton started their ascent of the climb and quickly the peloton was reduced to about 14 riders. Mara Abbott (Wiggle-High5) attacked early into the climb and was soon chased by Emma Pooley and a very reduced pink jersey group featuring our Doris Schweizer. Abbott increased her gap steadily, gaining over 4 minutes at one point, while the chasing group was reduced to 8 riders in total. The descent proved to be just as decisive as the climb when a few of the chasers were able to close Abbott’s impressive lead down to 30 seconds. Abbott’s lead proved insurmountable, however, and she came through the finish line in Tirano solo followed 37 seconds later by her teammate Elisa Longo Borghini. Mara Abbott assumed the race leader’s pink jersey and Doris for all of her efforts saw herself finish 10th on the stage, now moved up to 10th place on GC, 4:42 back. Here is Doris’ report:

I have dreamed of climbing the Mortirolo with the best climbers of the World, today I was doing it!! I just need to practice my downhill... Still Top 10 on this stage makes me very happy & I know that I can improve still so much for next year! Tomorrow there is another opportunity! I’m proud to represent the Swiss Champion’s jersey like this!

Missing from today’s stage for us were Valentine Scandolara and Rossella Ratto. It was very difficult for our two Italian riders to pull out of their home race. Rossella and Valentina gave us an update:

"As I mentioned earlier in the first stages," said Rossella, "I'm suffering from this tendon inflammation. I tried to keep on fighting but it was getting worse every day. Now I've also a lot of pain in the back and neck because I was riding and walking unbalanced. I've already organized the first specialist visits because I want to come back soon. I'm really sorry for leaving the Giro, I never give up, so if I stopped it's just because the tendon pain was really too much and I would risk to lose the rest of the year."

"Quitting Giro for me is incredibly sad," added Valentina, "but I feel I never really recovered from the problems I had early this year and now all the racing really took a toll on my body and I wanted to stop before I fell into a hole. I will head to altitude, no bike for at least one week and I'll try and recover to hopefully be good in the end of the season."

Stage 6 will prove to be another test for those hoping to win the final pink jersey as the peloton will tackle four difficult climbs while traveling 118.6km from Andora to Alassio/ Madonna della Guardia. First up is the Passo del Ginestro (9.9km 4% 420m elevation) which greets the riders almost immediately with the QOM coming at 20.7km into the stage. Next up is the Colle di Nava (9.7km 6% 617m) which starts just after descending the Ginestro and finishes 43km into the stage, our own Doris Schweizer currently holds the Strava QOM here from her training in June. The third climb is the highest of the day, the Passo Caprauna (8.4km 7% 596m), and will certainly reduce the bunch to very small groups if the previous two climbs haven’t already; the climb tops out 57.1 km into the stage. Finally, the 118.6km stage culminates with the ascent up to the Madonna della Guardia (1.9km 8% 545m), a proper uphill finish to the stage. Doris will be fighting to move herself closer to the pink jersey ahead of Friday’s individual time trial.

 

Stage 5 Results:

 

Rnk     Rider                                       Team                                      Time

1          ABBOTT Mara                        Wiggle High5                          2:40:23

2          LONGO BORGHINI Elisa       Wiggle High5                          0:37

3          GUDERZO Tatiana                Hitec Products                        st

10        SCHWEIZER Doris                Cylance Pro Cycling               2:48

51        DOEBEL-HICKOK Kristabel  Cylance Pro Cycling               15:28

95        GUTIÉRREZ Sheyla              Cylance Pro Cycling               22:51

DNS    SCANDOLARA Valentina      Cylance Pro Cycling

DNS    RATTO Rossella                     Cylance Pro Cycling

 

Stage 5 General Classification:

Rnk     Rider                                       Team                                      Time

1          ABBOTT Mara                        Wiggle High5                          13:02:52

2          GUARNIER Megan                Boels - Dolmans Cycling        0:10

3          LONGO BORGHINI Elisa       Wiggle High5                          0:15

10        SCHWEIZER Doris                Cylance Pro Cycling               4:42

32        DOEBEL-HICKOK Kristabel  Cylance Pro Cycling               16:56

95        GUTIÉRREZ Sheyla              Cylance Pro Cycling               37:12

Cylance Pro Cycling Giro Rosa Stage 4 Report From Sheyla Gutiérrez

Stage 4 saw the peloton met with a surprise route as the course had to be changed last minute to avoid a landslide. The distance remained the same, however, they reached a climb in the first three kilometers of the stage rather than later in the day. “The average speed of today was very fast and the group split a lot of times,” said Director Manel Lacambra, “but we were always in front.” The relatively flat finish excited the teams looking for a sprint victory which kept every chance of a real breakaway from ever materializing. “Coming into the final sprint,” added Manel, “Sheyla did very good fighting alone against the best lead-out trains from other teams and the best sprinters of the Giro.” Here is Sheyla’s report from the stage:

I am still feeling the effects from my crash on stage three, but I'll keep fighting! About today... it was a really speedy day starting in a climb and then continuing with the thousands crazy attacks ‘til the final and we were there into the battle.

I love being in the sprint fight, profiting off other team's lead-out’s. With each sprint opportunity I learn how be better in the next one.

Stage 5 is certain to shake up the general classification and allow the true contenders for the Pink Jersey to shine as the peloton attempts the race’s Cima Coppi (the highest point in any professional Italian race, names for the Italian climber Fausto Coppi). This year’s Cima Coppi is the Passo di Mortirolo, a high mountain pass in the Alps that reaches an elevation of 1852 meters (6076 feet). The race will take the road from Mazzo di Valtellina, which is one of the most demanding climbs in professional road bicycle racing, having been used in the men’s Giro d'Italia many times. Professional cyclists have been quoted as saying it’s the hardest climb they’ve ever ridden. The trip from Grosio to Tirano will cover 77.5 kilometers in total, but is certain to be a difficult day in the saddle.

Stage 4 Results:

Rnk      Rider                                                  Team                                  Time

1          CROMWELL Tiffany                           Canyon SRAM Racing        2:02:24

2          CONFALONIERI Maria Giulia            Lensworld - Zannata           st

3          BIANNIC AudePoitou-Charentes.     Futuroscope.861812            st

9          GUTIÉRREZ Sheyla                           Cylance Pro Cycling6          st

41         DOEBEL-HICKOK Kristabel              Cylance Pro Cycling            st

46         RATTO Rossella                               Cylance Pro Cycling             st

76         SCHWEIZER Doris                           Cylance Pro Cycling             0:10

101       SCANDOLARA Valentina                  Cylance Pro Cycling             0:13

 

Stage 4 General Classification:

Rnk        Rider                                    Team                                                Time

1              STEVENS Evelyn                 Boels - Dolmans Cycling Team        10:21:49

2              NIEWIADOMA Katarzyna   Rabobank-Liv Woman Cycling        0:03

3              GUARNIER Megan              Boels - Dolmans Cycling Team         0:13

15            RATTO Rossella                   Cylance Pro Cycling                          2:06

17            DOEBEL-HICKOK Kristabel  Cylance Pro Cycling                          2:08

19            SCHWEIZER Doris                Cylance Pro Cycling                          2:34

96           SCANDOLARA Valentina     Cylance Pro Cycling                          13:42

107          GUTIÉRREZ Sheyla              Cylance Pro Cycling                          15:01

Cylance Pro Cycling Giro Rosa Stage 3 Report From Sheyla Gutiérrez

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:

Rnk        Rider                                     Team                                     Time

1             HOSKING Chloe                    Wiggle High5                       2:50:14

2            TAGLIAFERRO Marta            Alé Cipollini                          st

3            BRONZINI Giorgia                 Wiggle High5                       st

23           GUTIÉRREZ Sheyla               Cylance Pro Cycling             st

45           RATTO Rossella                    Cylance Pro Cycling             st

46           DOEBEL-HICKOK Kristabel  Cylance Pro Cycling             st

91            SCHWEIZER Doris                Cylance Pro Cycling             st

105          SCANDOLARA Valentina     Cylance Pro Cycling             st


Stage 3 General Classification:

Rnk        Rider                                     Team                                     Time

1              STEVENS Evelyn                   Boels - Dolmans Cycling      8:19:25

2              NIEWIADOMA Katarzyna     Rabobank-Liv Woman         0:03

3              GUARNIER Megan                Boels - Dolmans Cycling       0:16

15            RATTO Rossella                     Cylance Pro Cycling              2:06

17            DOEBEL-HICKOK Kristabel   Cylance Pro Cycling              2:08

19            SCHWEIZER Doris                 Cylance Pro Cycling              2:24

99           SCANDOLARA Valentina       Cylance Pro Cycling              13:29

109         GUTIÉRREZ Sheyla                 Cylance Pro Cycling              15:01

Cylance Pro Cycling Giro Rosa Stage 2 Report From Rossella Ratto

Stage 2 of the Giro Rosa featured the race’s first uphill finish and traversed 111.1 kilometers. Starting in Tarcento and finishing Montenars, the 3rd stage followed the banks of the Tagliamento River, which flows from the Alps to the Adriatic Sea. By the time the race made its first pass through Montenars small groups began animating the front of the race looking to reach the uphill finish ahead of the chasing peloton. With 5 km remaining a group containing Stevens, Longo Borghini, Niewiadoma, Abbott, and Guarnier finally established themselves and made a bid for the finish with Evelyn Stevens taking the stage and the Pink Jersey. Krista Doebel-Hickok placed 14th and Rossella Ratto finished 20th on the stage; Rossella added this about the stage:

Today was not too good for me. From yesterday I suffer again from pain to the Achilles tendon and I even couldn't breathe... The stage wasn't really active so we managed to limit the gaps.

Stage 3 is the longest stage of the race at 120 kilometers starting in Montagnana and features a QOM point in the middle of the stage up Via Aganoor in Arqua Petrarca before heading south to Lendinara.

 

Stage 2 Results:

Rnk      Rider                                     Team                                                   Time

1          STEVENS Evelyn                    Boels - Dolmans Cycling Team           2:48:26

2          LONGO BORGHINI Elisa        Wiggle High                                        st

3          NIEWIADOMA Katarzyna      Rabobank-Liv Woman Cycling Team  0:02

14         DOEBEL-HICKOK Kristabel   Cylance Pro Cycling                             1:14

20         RATTO Rossella                    Cylance Pro Cycling                             1:15

23         SCHWEIZER Doris                Cylance Pro Cycling                             1:29

120       SCANDOLARA Valentina      Cylance Pro Cycling                             9:58

124       GUTIÉRREZ Sheyla                Cylance Pro Cycling                             st

 

Stage 2 General Classification:

Rnk      Rider                                     Team                                                   Time

1              STEVENS Evelyn                 Boels - Dolmans Cycling Team            5:29:12

2              NIEWIADOMA Katarzyna   Rabobank-Liv Woman Cycling            0:02

3              GUARNIER Megan              Boels - Dolmans Cycling Team            0:18

15           RATTO Rossella                    Cylance Pro Cycling                             2:05

17           DOEBEL-HICKOK Kristabel  Cylance Pro Cycling                             2:07

19           SCHWEIZER Doris                Cylance Pro Cycling                             2:23

101         SCANDOLARA Valentina      Cylance Pro Cycling                             13:28

111         GUTIÉRREZ Sheyla                 Cylance Pro Cycling                             15:00

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

Cylance Pro Cycling heads to Giro d'Italia

July 1st kicks off one of the most celebrated cycling races on the professional women's UCI calendar: The Giro d'Italia Internazionale Femminile. Cylance Pro Cycling will feature Doris Schweizer (SUI), Krista Doebel-Hickok (USA), Valentina Scandolara (ITA, Rossella Ratto (ITA) and Sheyla Gutierrez (ESP). With two reigning national champions and numerous Top-10 finishes in June, this squad is ready to represent in Italy. 

The 2016 Giro d'Italia Internazionale Femminile will be a part of the new Women's WorldTour. The 10-day stage will be held from July 1-10 in the northern provinces of Italy.

This year's race will include a tough mountain finish to Tirano, passing over the challenging Mortirolo during stage 5. The women's peloton will also contest an opening 2km prologue in Gaiarine and a 21km individual time trial to Varazze during stage 7. They will take on one final mountain stage to the Sanctuary of Madonna della Guardia in Alassio on the Ligurian coast on stage 8. The race ends with stage 9 in Verbania, on the northern shore of Lake Maggiore, north of Milan.

2016 Giro d’Italia Femminile route:

 Friday, July 1: Prologue: Gaiarine 2km

Saturday, July 2: Stage 1: Gaiarine – San Fior, 104km

Sunday, July 3: Stage 2: Tarcento – Montenars, 111.1km

Monday, July 4: Stage 3: Montagnana – Lendinara, 120km

Tuesday, July 5: Stage 4: Costa Volpino – Lovere, 98.5km

Wednesday, July 6: Stage 5: Grosio – Tirano, 77.5 km

Thursday, July 7: Stage 6: Andora – Alassio/Madonna della Guardia, 118.6km

Friday, July 8: Stage 7: Albisola Superiore – Varazze (individual TT), 21.9km

Saturday, July 9: Stage 8: Rescaldina – Legnano, 99.3km

Sunday, July 10: Stage 9: Verbania – Verbania, 104.8km

 

2016 Giro d'Italia Internazionale Femminile start list