The Spanish National Champion has won the Stage 7 of the 28th Giro Rosa (Isernia – Baronissi, 145 km), beating the Italian Soraya Paladin (Alè – Cipollini – Galassia) and the Polish Eugenia Bujak (BTC City Ljubljana). Anna Van der Breggen keeps the Pink Jersey as leader of the General Classification.
This was a very wavy and hilly stage, with the Intermediate Sprint of San Giorgio del Sannio and the Cathegorized Climb of Passo Serra as springboard to the finish of Baronissi. Thirteen riders were the protagonists of the day, in a breakaway that reached till 3’00“ gap: Chloe Hosking and Soraya Paladin (Alè – Cipollini – Galassia), Alison Jackson (BePink – Cogeas), Eugenia Bujak (BTC City – Ljubljana), Elena Cecchini and Alexis Ryan (Canyon SRAM), Clara Koppenburg (Cervelo Bigla), Carmela Cipriani (Conceria Zabri – Fanini – Guerciotti), Rossella Ratto e Sheyla Gutierrez Ruiz (Cylance Pro Cycling), Tatiana Guderzo (Lensworld – Kuota), Sabrina Stultiens (Team Sunweb), Lauren Kitchen (WM3 Cycling Team). The Australian champion of Alè – Cipollini Galassia Team loses meters right before the Intermediate sprint, which was won by Stultiens. The climbers in the breakaway set the pace, Guderzo is first on Passo Serra, followed by Bujak and Stultiens. The gap goes up and down, from 1’30“ to about 3’00“, then it started to decrease quickly. The twelve athletes resisted and could finalize the breakaway: the Spanish Champion Gutierrez was faster in the sprint than Paladin and Bujak, the main peloton arrives after 47“ and the Cuban Arlenis Sierra (Astana Women Team) won the sprint. Anna Van der Breggen can keep the „Maglia Rosa“ without problem and Elisa Longo Borghini completes the overall podium with Annemiek Van Vleuten and the Olympic Champion of Rio 2016.
Tomorrow there is the Stage 8 (Baronissi – Palinuro, 141 kms), with the KOM of Cuccaro Vetere not far from the famous Sea Village on the Cilento.