Giro Rosa comes to a close in Udine
The final stage of this year's Giro Rosa led the riders from San Vito al Tagliamento to Udine. On the way, after 65km in the saddle, an intermediate sprint was contested Mereto di Tomba. The final ascent, the 5km-long Moruzzi came with only 20 km to go until the finish. After the summit, the road initially went downhill before a steep cobbled section led to the castle of Udine, which the riders reached after 120km in the legs. The first escape attempts were unsuccessful, but after 30km, a large group, including Elizabeth Banks, broke free but were eventually reeled back. The final 30 km saw an attack by two riders who were able to distance themselves from the main field but their attempt remained unrewarded. With a few kilometers left in the race, a soloist launched an attack but was again caught, and the race ended in a sprint finish, which was won by Marianne Vos. Bigla came to the race with a squad of young riders, for many of whom this was their first Giro Rosa, and completed a successful race, with a stage win by Lizzy Banks, a second place for Leah Thomas, a second place in the team time trial, and a third place for Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig. Results such as these are the culmination of sustained team efforts throughout each stage of this ten-day race, and our riders will no doubt continue to develop based on the experiences they gained over the past week and a half in Italy.