Premondiale Giro Toscana Int. Femminile – Memorial Michela Fanini: Stage 6

19 Sep

 

Statistics:

Distance: 100km

Time: 2hours 55minutes

Speed: 37kph

We started today’s stage with just three riders (Ally, Charlotte, and myself).  Everyone else pulled out to prepare for the World Championships.  Charlotte and I are doing the World Championship road race, but that isn’t until Sept. 24th, so we continued on.  The field keeps getting smaller every day as people pull out.  Today was another hard stage.  We did four laps of a circuit before heading off to the final climb and back down to the finish.  The climb on the circuit was around 2km in length and averaged probably around 5-6percent.  It was hard enough to split the group.  However, the downhill was fast and the rest of the course was flat.  The peloton came back together every lap.  I attacked on lap two up the climb.  Three other riders came with me.  We had a good gap and were working well together, but were chased down and caught.  Shortly after we were caught, more attacks happened and a group got away.  The group stuck until the final climb.  Trixi Worrack was off the front solo and won the stage.  The field shattered on the last climb.  Charlotte and I made one of the chase groups, but never made contact with leaders.  It was a hard day on a brutal course.  Fellow American, Megan Guarnier, is in the pink jersey and took third on today’s stage putting more time into 2nd place G.C. rider Claudia Hausler.  Tomorrow is the last stage.  Should be another fast and furious day!

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