Moolman-Pasio moves into second overall with one day left
Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio went one better than her prologue position to finish second on today’s stage in Giro della Toscana. The South African was part of a 3-rider escape that formed on the final climb of the day.
Janneke Ensing (Ale Cipollini) won the stage and earned the leader’s jersey with Moolman-Pasio moving into second overall with one stage to go.
“Ensing went over the top of the climb and took the GPM,” Moolman-Pasio said. “I gave it my best in the sprint. Ensing jumped first and got a gap and I had to close it. I came very close and maybe if the line was one metre further I would have won but Ensing did well so hats off to her.”
Moolman-Pasio said while the team is disappointed to lose the leader’s jersey after a clean sweep of the podium in the prologue, the team is already motivated and focussed on the final stage.
“The whole team is really strong and we work well together. Everyone is on good form. Gaby [Pilote-Fortin] has been impressive coming back from a bad crash without too much racing. As a team, we couldn’t ask for more, it’s a great team performance. It’s disappointing that we didn’t keep the jersey but it was one of those stages. Tomorrow is a hard stage and we have nothing to lose,” she said.
The final stage in the Italian tour will take place from Lucca to Capannori over 121,8 kilometres.