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Moolman-Pasio climbs to second on iconic Monte Zoncolan

Moolman-Pasio climbs to second on iconic Monte Zoncolan

Moolman-Pasio climbs to second on iconic Monte Zoncolan

The Giro Rosa peloton took on the Monte Zoncolan on Saturday in what was a historic day of racing. Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio again showed why she is one of the best climbers in the world by finishing second.

The ride also puts the South African second in the overall classification with one day left to race.   

“I am proud of my ride today,” Moolman-Pasio said. “Obviously, there is the disappointment of not winning the stage, but I went all in. On the steeper part of the climb I accelerated and got into a hard tempo and Annemiek [van Vleuten] could follow. I tried to keep the hard tempo and just before we hit the flatter section, she attacked. I took a few minutes to consolidate and towards the end I was coming back but ran out of climb. I’m onto second on GC but there is the element of disappointment to not take the stage win. My team were incredible to make sure I was safe and in the best position coming in to the climb. Cille [Uttrup Ludwig] did an impressive climb today too.”

Moolman-Pasio started the day third overall and had her eye on making up time on the overall classification as well as the stage win.

“It’s a tricky balance between taking time on the GC from other riders and to go for the stage win and in the moment I did what I thought was right. Annemiek was in the lead and didn’t have to work so I was driving the pace. All in all, I’m proud of the team’s effort and I’m just disappointed I couldn’t repay them with the stage win.”

The only Grand Tour in women’s cycling will finish with a 120-kilometre stage that will start and end in Cividale del Friuli.

Ashleigh Moolman Pasio (RSA) leads up Monte Zoncolan at Giro Rosa 2018 - Stage 9, a 104.7 km road race from Tricesimo to Monte Zoncolan, Italy on July 14, 2018. Photo by Sean Robinson/velofocus.com

Ashleigh Moolman Pasio (RSA) crosses the line in second place at Giro Rosa 2018 - Stage 9, a 104.7 km road race from Tricesimo to Monte Zoncolan, Italy on July 14, 2018. Photo by Sean Robinson/velofocus.com

Top three: Annemiek van Vleuten (NED), Ashleigh Moolman Pasio (RSA) and Amanda Spratt (AUS) at Giro Rosa 2018 - Stage 9, a 104.7 km road race from Tricesimo to Monte Zoncolan, Italy on July 14, 2018. Photo by Sean Robinson/velofocus.com

Archway decked in pink ribbons at Giro Rosa 2018 - Stage 9, a 104.7 km road race from Tricesimo to Monte Zoncolan, Italy on July 14, 2018. Photo by Sean Robinson/velofocus.com

Umbrellas in the sky in Tricesimo at Giro Rosa 2018 - Stage 9, a 104.7 km road race from Tricesimo to Monte Zoncolan, Italy on July 14, 2018. Photo by Sean Robinson/velofocus.com

Young fan makes her way to the start line with a pink buggy at Giro Rosa 2018 - Stage 9, a 104.7 km road race from Tricesimo to Monte Zoncolan, Italy on July 14, 2018. Photo by Sean Robinson/velofocus.com

Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig (DEN) makes her way to sign on at Giro Rosa 2018 - Stage 9, a 104.7 km road race from Tricesimo to Monte Zoncolan, Italy on July 14, 2018. Photo by Sean Robinson/velofocus.com

The peloton speed by at Giro Rosa 2018 - Stage 9, a 104.7 km road race from Tricesimo to Monte Zoncolan, Italy on July 14, 2018. Photo by Sean Robinson/velofocus.com

Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig (DEN) at Giro Rosa 2018 - Stage 9, a 104.7 km road race from Tricesimo to Monte Zoncolan, Italy on July 14, 2018. Photo by Sean Robinson/velofocus.com

The peloton reach the halfway point at Giro Rosa 2018 - Stage 9, a 104.7 km road race from Tricesimo to Monte Zoncolan, Italy on July 14, 2018. Photo by Sean Robinson/velofocus.com

Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig (DEN) descends at Giro Rosa 2018 - Stage 9, a 104.7 km road race from Tricesimo to Monte Zoncolan, Italy on July 14, 2018. Photo by Sean Robinson/velofocus.com

Lotta Lepistö (FIN) on Monte Zoncolan at Giro Rosa 2018 - Stage 9, a 104.7 km road race from Tricesimo to Monte Zoncolan, Italy on July 14, 2018. Photo by Sean Robinson/velofocus.com

Ashleigh Moolman Pasio (RSA) leads up Monte Zoncolan at Giro Rosa 2018 - Stage 9, a 104.7 km road race from Tricesimo to Monte Zoncolan, Italy on July 14, 2018. Photo by Sean Robinson/velofocus.com

Ashleigh Moolman Pasio (RSA) leads up Monte Zoncolan at Giro Rosa 2018 - Stage 9, a 104.7 km road race from Tricesimo to Monte Zoncolan, Italy on July 14, 2018. Photo by Sean Robinson/velofocus.com

Ashleigh Moolman Pasio (RSA) leads up Monte Zoncolan at Giro Rosa 2018 - Stage 9, a 104.7 km road race from Tricesimo to Monte Zoncolan, Italy on July 14, 2018. Photo by Sean Robinson/velofocus.com

Second place finish for Ashleigh Moolman Pasio (RSA) at Giro Rosa 2018 - Stage 9, a 104.7 km road race from Tricesimo to Monte Zoncolan, Italy on July 14, 2018. Photo by Sean Robinson/velofocus.com