The pink jersey changed hands yet again in stage 6 of the Giro Rosa, though it continues to be draped around the shoulders of Americans, who are dominating the tour. Today, Evelyn Stevens (Boels-Dolmans) took the stage win and her teammate Megan Guarnier is back in the Maglia Rosa.
After yesterday’s brutal ascent of Montirolo in the event’s Queen’s Stage, some legs appeared to be tired. The peloton split in two on the first climb, with 50 riders making the front group. A winner would come from these 50 riders.
At the second category-2-climb to Colle di Nava, Kasia Niewiadoma (Rabo-Liv) was hoping to making up her lost time and attacked. She would arrive at the top solo, with a 2-minute gap on the group of favourites.
Up the next climb, however, pink jersey wearer Mara Abbott (Wiggle-High5) and Evelyn Stevens attacked to catch Niewiadoma.
The lead of the three front riders diminished and eleven riders arrived at the intermediate sprint together, with three Boels-Dolmans riders taking points and bonus seconds: Megan Guarnier, Stevens and Karol-Ann Canuel.
Up yet another climb, Steven took the lead with teammate Guarnier on her heels. Niewiadoma seemed to have run out of steam. Thanks to the bonus seconds Guarnier collected at the intermediate sprint and at the finish, Guarnier is now back in pink.
2016 Giro Rosa stage 6
1. Evelyn Stevens (Boels-Dolmans)
2. Megan Guarnier (Boels-Dolmans)
3. Anna van der Breggen (Rabo-Liv)
4. Claudia Lichtenberg (Lotto-Soudal)
5. Mara Abbott (Wiggle-High5)
Check out the full results on the CyclingTips results page.
A big Thank-You:
We would like to give a big shout-out to everyone live tweeting about this race, like Bart Hazen, Guy Kostermans and several teams. We understand it’s not their core business to keep media updated about the race, but it’s the only way to follow what happens during the race.
As teams stepped up to provide even more live updates after it became apparent information out of Italy is very scarce, with stage 4 as an absolute low point, today’s stage has been okay to follow online. If you’re trying to follow the action live, use #GiroRosa on Twitter to catch up on the details of the stage.
The jersey wearers after stage 6
1. Megan Guarnier (Boels-Dolmans) 16:50:41
2. Mara Abbott (Wiggle-High5) + 0:46
3. Evelyn Stevens (Boels-Dolmans) + 1:03
4. Claudia Lichtenberg (Lotto-Soudal) + 1:06
5. Tatiana Guderzo (Team Hitec) + 1:49
6. Anna van der Breggen (Rabo-Liv) + 2:18
7. Kasia Niewiadoma (Rabo-Liv) + 6:40
13. Elisa Longo Borghini (Wiggle-High5) + 17:04
White best young rider jersey
Kasia Niewiadoma (Rabo-Liv)
Purple sprint jersey
Megan Guarnier (Boels-Dolmans)
Green mountain jersey
Elisa Longo Borghini (Wiggle-High5)
Blue best Italian rider jersey
Tatiana Guderzo (Team Hitec)
What’s in store for the riders in stage 7
It’s individual time trial day in stage 7! A hilly 21.9 kilometer time trial takes the riders from Albisola Superiore to Varazze, at the Ligurian Sea.
Last year, Van der Breggen took control over the Giro Rosa in a similar ITT stage, finishing 1’03” ahead of the number 2 in the stage, GC leader Guarnier. The pink jersey went to Van der Breggen and she won the stage race a day later, finishing second in San Domenico di Varzo.
In addition to Van der Breggen, world hour record holder Stevens is also a favourite for the stage. She might even take back the pink jersey from her teammate if she does really well, so it’s going to be an interesting stage!
It’s an interesting battle for pink – who do you think will win the 2016 Giro Rosa?