Giro Rosa: Moolman-Pasio up to second overall
Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio continued her successful run of form during the Giro Rosa, finishing third on stage 7. She earned four bonus seconds which means she moves up one place to second in the overall classification.
For the second day in a row, a solo breakaway made it to the finish, Lucinda Brand (Rabo-Liv) winning her second stage of the race.
Race leader Megan Guarnier (Boels-Dolmans) lead the group of favourites home in second place and retained the lead going into tomorrow’s individual time trial.
“We had an 11 kilometre neutral start today and from the start I had teammates surrounding me,” Moolman-Pasio said after the stage. “We had a very technical piece through a very busy town. The girls did an incredible job at keeping the pace hard into the first climb.”
As soon as the race hit the first climb of the day, the peloton was reduced. Eventually only 12 riders were left in the front with all the favourites represented.
A group of 20 riders later rejoined at the beginning stages of the second climb. Once the attacks started, the group was left with Moolman-Pasio, Guarnier, Mara Abbot (Wiggle-Honda), Anna van der Breggen and Katarzyna Niewiadoma (both Rabo-Liv). Elisa Longo Borghini (Wiggle-Honda) later joined the group on the descent.
The select group trailed Brand by 2 minutes and 41 seconds across the line.
“I’m really happy to have got seconds in the sprint after finishing third. I got some seconds on Anna van der Breggen and now I am second on GC. It’s great going into the time trial tomorrow which means I am starting behind her. She is obviously a very good time trialist and it will be good to have her ahead of me and get splits on the course,” Moolman-Pasio concluded.