Bunch sprint conclusion in Giro Rosa after late attack by Sara Penton
Today´s second stage of Giro Rosa covered a distance of 120 kilometers with start and finish in the town of Ovada where a hectic bunch sprint was expected beforehand. However, a duo wanted things differently and become painfully close to out-smarting the chasing the bunch to take the stage win.
The powerful tandem consisting of Sheyla Guiterrez and Alice Maria Arzuffi broke clear of the bunch with 60 kilometer to go and in unison, they worked up a lead of about three minutes, which evidently turned out not to be quite enough to keep the peloton behind. Entering the final 2 kilometers, the duo barely had a gap of 20 seconds. As they were in sight, Team VIRTU Cycling Women’s Sara Penton launched a sneaky counter-attack, but the sprinters wouldn’t let go of their nearby feast and reeled her back in.
On the finish line and in the furious bunch sprint, Kirsten Wild turned out to be the fastest of all.
VIRTU Cycling Women DS, Carmen Small explains:
“It was a rather tough course and several sprinters were dropped on the climbs along the way but Barbara (Guarischi) made it back to the group every time. Sara (Penton) showed great form today and she was always near the front to participate and ready to go but it was very difficult to create the crucial gap with a speeding pack breathing down her neck. Now, we’re looking forward to tomorrow where I expect another bunch sprint decision.”