Premondiale Giro Toscana Int. Femminile – Memorial Michela Fanini: Stage 2

15 Sep

Statistics:

Distance: 117km

Time: 3hours

Speed: 40kph

The stage today showed two hills.  Last year’s course went up a significant climb.  However, the course was different this year and the hill was non-existent.  Our goal for the day was to win.  I hope you’re catching on to a theme here.  Things started off pretty mellow.  Then we started attacking.  Nothing was sticking due to the nature of the course.  We did several loops of different routes.  The final loops crossed the finish line six times.  Eventually a rider got off the front solo.  She put nearly three minutes into the field.  Around 70km into the race, we started to bring the girl back.  I was told to try and conserve for the upcoming stages, rather than work the front.  So I tried to follow wheels and stay out of the wind.  Judith and Charlotte put in some fierce attacks once the girl was caught.  Several times, a large group rolled off the front with them.  Individual riders closed the gaps.  It was clear that this was coming down to a sprint.  I tried to hold a decent position in the last 5km, and was sitting in the top 40.  With 2km there was a right hand turn.  I was on the outside of the group.  A girl in front of me slid out.  To avoid completely running into her, I hit the brakes.  Apparently I had too much speed, and my bike slid out in front of me as well.  I slid a few feet on the pavement, but bounced right back up and grabbed my bike.  I was back on and pedaling before the end of the peloton came by.  Ina was in good hands with Judith, Charlotte, and Chloe looking after her in the sprint.  Chloe gave Ina an awesome lead out into the final left hand corner that was 200meters from the finish.  Ina took the sprint ahead of current World Champion, Giorgia Bronzini.  It was a great day for the team (minus the crashes).  Katie crashed in a different corner earlier in the race.  We are both ok and looking forward to the rest of the tour.  Tomorrow is a big day!

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One Response to “Premondiale Giro Toscana Int. Femminile – Memorial Michela Fanini: Stage 2”

  1. hechtlauren September 15, 2011 at 4:00 pm #

    ouch! second skin works wonders!

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