Giro d'Italia Feminin Day 2


Saturday the 3rd of July saw the second day of the Giro Donne.  This stage covered the 130km from Sacile to Riese Pio X over mainly low lying terrain, but the foothills of the Treviso adding a bit of interest to the middle part.


There was an early, two rider break away in the race - Dutch rider Roxanne Knetemann (Nederland Bloiet) and Russia's Natalia Boyarskaya (Fenixs - Petrogradets) got away, but both were caught before the first climb. 


The Treviso hills themselves were not steep enough to break up the peloton, but one rider, Estonia's Greta Tiere (SC Michela Fanini Record Rox) successfully launched a solo break away, which gained her over a minute lead at one point.  She was however pulled back in the latter stages of the race as the teams got ready to set up their sprinters. 


The stage itself was always expected to produce a sprint finish, but what was not expected was a crash with just 500 meters to go!  Britain's Sharon Laws (Cervelo) hit the deck in the run for the line, bringing down a number of other riders with her.


In an almost identical sprint finish to yesterday, Germany's Ina Yoko Teutenberg (HTC Columbia) won the stage with Italy's Giorgia Bronzini (Gauss RDZ Ormu) coming second.  Dutch rider, Marianne Vos (Nederlands Bloiet) finished third.


Despite the bunch finish there was some movement in the General Classification.  Ina Yoko Teutenberg, Giorgia Bronzini and Kirsten Wild all retained their first, second and third positions.  Whilst defending champion, Germany's Claudia Hausler (Cervelo) leapt up to 6th position.  Meanwhile Britain's Emma Pooley (Cervelo) dropped to 79th position and Sharon Laws dropped to 102nd,


All 120 riders finished the stage.


Results, second stage:

1 Ina Yoko Teutenberg - GER - Team HTC-Columbia

2 Giorgia Bronzini - ITA - Team Gauss

3 Kirsten Wild -NED - Cervélo TestTeam



Race report thanks to VeggieVelo



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