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Giorgia Bronzini wins again in Giro Rosa Stage Eight

Wiggle High5 Pro Cycling’s Giorgia Bronzini took her second victory of the 2016 Giro d’Italia Femminile, in the eighth stage between Rescaldina and Legnano, as the race finished in a bunch sprint once again. The former two time road Word Champion beat compatriot, and fellow former rainbow jersey, Marta Bastianelli (Alé-Cipollini) in a close sprint for the line, with fellow Italian Maria Giulia Confalonieri (Lensworld-Zannata) taking third place just behind them.

“With about 400 or 350 to go Tiff Cromwell [Canyon-SRAM] started her sprint because her train was done, so she sprinted quite early,” Bronzini explained. “The sprint was just after a corner, but it was really fast. I just went out in the last hundred metres, looking out for Bastianelli on my left, but she was in the longer side of the road, so for me it was okay; it was good.”

The 99km stage featured a relatively flat profile, but the rolling Lombardy roads saw a group of nine riders get away, which included Wiggle High5 Pro Cycling’s French Time Trial Champion Audrey Cordon-Ragot. With nobody in the group a threat to the top of the general classification, it looked as though it was going to be left to contest the stage victory, but they were eventually closed down.

“It was a really, really, really fast race, and when some climbing started there was a breakaway with Audrey in,” Bronzini explained. “We were pretty happy for that, to give Audrey a chance.

“Then at some point Liv-Plantur started chasing back. We didn’t know why, so we asked them why, and they said it was because they wanted to save the 11th place of Leah Kirchmann in the general, because there was [Canyon-SRAM’s Alena] Amialiusik in front.

“When the gap was down to 20 seconds they stopped, and that’s when Rabo-Liv took the lead because – I think – they wanted to pull the sprint for [Lucinda] Brand. By then there were only three in front, and Rabo – and also Canyon – didn’t stop.”

With teammate Cordon-Ragot in the breakaway ahead, Bronzini was able to organise herself and her Wiggle High5 Pro Cycling teammates in the approach to the coming sprint. Unfortunately, an incident with around 7km to go almost derailed the former World Champion’s train, but in choosing the right wheels to follow Bronzini was able to position herself perfectly.

“I was being led out by Elisa [Longo Borghini] and Chloe [Hosking] but unfortunately Chloe was forced onto a hole in the road and punctured a wheel, so I was just with Elisa,” Bronzini explained. “Elisa brought me on the Canyon leadout, and I stayed on Tiff Cromwell’s wheel; I just fought to have Tiff’s wheel.

“I’m really happy for the team, for the win again, and for the staff. I’m really really happy!”

The victory is the second of Bronzini’s Giro, and the fourth for Wiggle High5 Pro Cycling, following Hosking’s win on stage three, and Mara Abbott’s on stage five.

“It’s not really bad, huh!” Bronzini laughed.

1. Giorgia Bronzini (Wiggle High5 Pro Cycling)
2. Marta Bastianelli (Alé-Cipollini)
3. Maria Giulia Confalonieri (Lensworld-Zannata)


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