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The Tour de France has started and can be watched on tv in almost every country. And the women elite mountainbikers had their world XCO championships today, which could be followed through a livestream on the UCI website.
For the Giro Rosa, we once again had to rely on the scarce information that was provided to us by mechanics and staff from the ground in Italy. It’s such a shame that such a beautiful race is so difficult to follow for even the most dedicated women’s cycling fans.
Via Twitter we were told that Marta Tagliaferro (Ale Cipollini) was the lone leader in the first part of the stage. The peloton chased her back on the only GPM climb of the day, which was won by Elisa Longo Borghini (Wiggle-High5). Eventually, a group of nine arrived at the finish line together, with former double world champion Giorgia Bronzini (Wiggle-High5) taking the win. Bronzini now climbs to third place in the GC.
With her second place in today’s stage, Megan Guarnier (Boels-Dolmans) takes over the pink jersey from prologue winner Leah Kirchmann (Liv-Plantur).
2016 Giro Rosa stage 1
1. Giorgia Bronzini (Wiggle-High5)
2. Megan Guarnier (Boels-Dolmans)
3. Rasa Leleivyte (Aromitalia-Vaiano)
4. Kasia Niewiadoma (Rabo-Liv)
5. Claudia Lichtenberg (Lotto-Soudal)
Check out the full results on the CyclingTips results page.
The jersey wearers after stage 1
1. Megan Guarnier (Boels-Dolmans) – 2:40:42
2. Kasia Niewiadoma (Rabo-Liv) + 0:08
3. Giorgia Bronzini (Wiggle-High5) + st
4. Rasa Leleivyte (Aromitalia-Vaiano) + 0:13
5. Evelyn Stevens (Boels-Dolmans) + 0:14
White youngster jersey
Kasia Niewiadoma (Rabo-Liv)
Purple sprinters jersey
Megan Guarnier (Boels-Dolmans)
Green mountain jersey
Elisa-Longo Borghini (Wiggle-High5)
Blue best Italian rider jersey
Giorgia Bronzini (Wiggle-High5)
What’s in store for the riders in stage 2
Stage 2 travels from Tarcento to Montenars over 111.1 kilometers. It’s a mostly flat stage, but there will be an uphill finish in Montenars, which is allocated category II. Longo Borghini, Guarnier and Niewiadoma are the current top 3 in the mountain classification.
Guarnier will be looking to defend the pink jersey or increase her lead, so with the 10-6-4 bonus seconds awarded at the finish line, keep your eye out for her – or any of her teammates, trying to snitch the bonus seconds from other GC contenders.
Two intermediate sprints in the stage again, where points for the sprint classification and bonus seconds for the GC are up for grabs. Guarnier leads the points classification with 5 points to both Bronzini and Kirchmann.
Who is your favourite to win stage 2 in the 2016 Giro Rosa?