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Giro Rosa: Moolman-Pasio goes one better to place second

Giro Rosa: Moolman-Pasio goes one better to place second

Giro Rosa: Moolman-Pasio goes one better to place second

Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio bettered her third place from the previous day to place second on a special Giro Rosa stage. The race was contested over a 15 kilometre mountain time trial.

The stage went up the category 1 Alpe Gera Di Campo Moro with around 1000 metres of climbing.

Moolman-Pasio set an incredible time of 48 minutes and 35 seconds, the second fastest of the day. It moved her up to third in the overall standings.

“It was a good effort,” Moolman-Pasio said. “I executed as we had planned, to do a good time but not absolutely kill myself. I’m happy with the effort, now we just have to stay out of trouble tomorrow and wait for the Zoncolan and the final stage. Everything is running smoothly and the vibe in the team is good, so we keep going.”

Moolman-Pasio explained the climb as, “A mixture of sections from 6-7% and steeper sections in the middle. The last 2-3 kilometres flattened out and the finishing was quite fast. We continue to stick to the plan from here on out.”

As part of the team’s young rider development program, 22-year-old Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig represented the team well finishing 8th.

“I set high expectations for myself so I expected a little more today but I also have to be realistic when I look at my age and those who finished ahead of me,” Uttrup Ludwig said. “Everyone is excited to see what to expect from the Zoncolan and it will be an exciting race for the fans. Tomorrow we’ll maybe see a bunch sprint again then it’s up to some steep climbing on the weekend.”

Top three: Annemiek van Vleuten (NED), Ashleigh Moolman Pasio (RSA), Lucinda Brand (NED) at Giro Rosa 2018 - Stage 7, a 15 km individual time trial from Lanzada to Alpe Gera di Campo Moro, Italy on July 12, 2018. Photo by Sean Robinson/velofocus.com

 

Nicole Hanselmann (SUI) at Giro Rosa 2018 - Stage 7, a 15 km individual time trial from Lanzada to Alpe Gera di Campo Moro, Italy on July 12, 2018. Photo by Sean Robinson/velofocus.com

Nicole Hanselmann (SUI) at Giro Rosa 2018 - Stage 7, a 15 km individual time trial from Lanzada to Alpe Gera di Campo Moro, Italy on July 12, 2018. Photo by Sean Robinson/velofocus.com

Ann-Sophie Duyck (BEL) at Giro Rosa 2018 - Stage 7, a 15 km individual time trial from Lanzada to Alpe Gera di Campo Moro, Italy on July 12, 2018. Photo by Sean Robinson/velofocus.com

Clara Koppenburg (GER) at Giro Rosa 2018 - Stage 7, a 15 km individual time trial from Lanzada to Alpe Gera di Campo Moro, Italy on July 12, 2018. Photo by Sean Robinson/velofocus.com

Clara Koppenburg (GER) at Giro Rosa 2018 - Stage 7, a 15 km individual time trial from Lanzada to Alpe Gera di Campo Moro, Italy on July 12, 2018. Photo by Sean Robinson/velofocus.com

Lotta Lepistö (FIN) at Giro Rosa 2018 - Stage 7, a 15 km individual time trial from Lanzada to Alpe Gera di Campo Moro, Italy on July 12, 2018. Photo by Sean Robinson/velofocus.com

Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig (DEN) at Giro Rosa 2018 - Stage 7, a 15 km individual time trial from Lanzada to Alpe Gera di Campo Moro, Italy on July 12, 2018. Photo by Sean Robinson/velofocus.com

Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig (DEN) at Giro Rosa 2018 - Stage 7, a 15 km individual time trial from Lanzada to Alpe Gera di Campo Moro, Italy on July 12, 2018. Photo by Sean Robinson/velofocus.com

Ashleigh Moolman Pasio (RSA) on her way to second place at Giro Rosa 2018 - Stage 7, a 15 km individual time trial from Lanzada to Alpe Gera di Campo Moro, Italy on July 12, 2018. Photo by Sean Robinson/velofocus.com