Giro Rosa Round-up: Tiffany Cromwell outsprints them all in stage 4, Stevens stays in pink

by Jeanine Laudy


The lack of information coming from the Giro Rosa has been quite substantial, but today has been even worse than the stages before. We can therefore not tell you very much about what happened during the stage.

We do know that Tiffany Cromwell (Canyon-SRAM) made it two in a row for the Aussies in the Giro Rosa, after Chloe Hosking (Wiggle-High5) won yesterday’s bunch sprint. Lensworld-Zannata’s Maria Giulia Confalonieri came very close in the final meters, but it was Cromwell with her hands (well, one hand) in the air.

Cromwell has had a rough season and will be notified any moment whether she made the Australian Olympic team. Earlier she said about that: “I (…) know that I haven’t really proven myself in the past couple of months. So if I make the [Olympic] team, awesome, if I don’t, there are plenty more bike races and another Olympics in four years time. I’ll be disappointed, of course, but it’s not the end of the world if I’m not selected.” It’s safe to say she has proven herself today.

The top 5 in the Giro Rosa GC hasn’t changed, with Evelyn Stevens (Boels-Dolmans) still in the pink jersey. Teammate Megan Guarnier got a little closer to her though, now only 13 seconds behind. Mara Abbott (Wiggle-High5) dropped from sixth to eighth and is now 50 seconds behind Stevens.

2016 Giro Rosa stage 4
1. Tiffany Cromwell (Canyon-SRAM)
2. Maria Giulia Confalonieri (Lensworld-Zannata)
3. Aude Biannic (PC Futuroscope)
4. Marta Bastianelli (Alé Cipollini)
5. Michela Pavin (Inpa-Bianchi)

Check out the full results on the CyclingTips results page.

The jersey wearers after stage 4

Pink jersey/GC
1. Evelyn Stevens (Boels-Dolmans) – 10:21:49
2. Kasia Niewiadoma (Rabo-Liv) + 0:03
3. Megan Guarnier (Boels-Dolmans) + o:13
4. Elisa Longo Borghini (Wiggle-High5) + 0:24
5. Claudia Lichtenberg (Lotto-Soudal) + 0:36
6. Rasa Leleivyte (Aromitalia-Vaiano) + 0:43

White youngster jersey
Kasia Niewiadoma (Rabo-Liv)

Green mountain jersey
Elisa Longo-Borghini (Wiggle-High5)

Purple sprint jersey
Megan Guarnier (Boels-Dolmans)

Blue best Italian rider jersey
Elisa Longo-Borghini (Wiggle-High5)

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What’s in store for the riders in stage 5

Giro Rosa stage 5

A short stage tomorrow, only 77.5 kilometers in length. But there’s some serious climbing involved, as stage 5 contains one of the two category-1-climbs in this year’s Giro Rosa – the infamous Mortirolo. It’s the first serious test for the GC contenders, so we might see the favourites strengthen their positions, or either crack to see their GC ambitions crumble.

The descent back to Sernio will be interesting to see as well. The better descenders will stand a chance to win the stage and the different descending skills might be decisive for the standings in the GC after stage 5.

 

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