Giro Donne Stage 4: Forlimpopoli – Forli’

5 Jul

The Statistics

Start time: 1:30pm

Distance: 68km (according to the race bible) Actual distance was 75km

Start Location: Forlimpopoli, Italy

End Location: Forli, Italy

Race Time: 1hour 50minutes

Average Speed: 40kph

Elevation Gained: 1100feet

 

The Race

Today was supposed to be a “flat” and “easy” day.  It was short, but we all suspected it would be fast.  As you can see from the profile, we started with a climb.  From the profile, it didn’t look to be anything serious.  Within the first 15km, we only climbed 300 meters.  One thing to note about racing here is to never, ever, trust the profiles.  Even though the stage started tough, it ended with a lot of flatness.  Our goal was to win the stage and not lose any time with our GC riders.  We controlled the pace on the climb to help save our sprint teams legs.  After the climb, attacks started to fly.  Emilia, Ally, and I covered the attacks and kept breaks from happening.  There were some windy sections today, but we all stayed near the front and out of trouble.  The finish was pretty straight forward – 4km of straight road with two round-a-bouts.  Charlotte and Ellen did an awesome job getting Ina into position and helping her with the lead out.  It was a fast sprint.  I’m not entirely sure how it all played out, as I was floating mid-peloton.  Ina definitely picked up the win though.  It was a great day for us.  Judith and Evie stayed out of trouble and finished with the peloton.  And of course, winning the stage is huge.  It was a great effort by everyone on the team.  Very nice to have a plan and execute it perfectly!  Tomorrow is another “sprinter” stage.  It’s a long one – 122km.  Thanks for dropping in!

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One Response to “Giro Donne Stage 4: Forlimpopoli – Forli’”

  1. Chloe Forsman July 5, 2011 at 5:32 pm #

    Thanks for the updates and good job out there!

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