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Guarnier wins Giro Rosa stage 2, takes GC lead

U.S. national champion Megan Guarnier (Boels Dolmans) continued her brilliant 2015 season with a win in stage 2 of the Giro Rosa on Sunday, and to make it that much sweeter, she claimed the GC lead as well.

The Rabo-Liv team started the 121.5km ride from Gaiarine to San Flor with the leader’s jersey on the shoulders of Lucinda Brand. However, the Dutch squad couldn’t keep the maglia rosa as Brand’s teammate, Anna van der Breggen, finished second to Guarnier. Ashleigh Moolman (Bigla) rounded out the day’s podium in third.

It was the fourth major win of the season for Guarnier, 30, who also won the Strade Bianche, stage 1 of Euskal Emakumeen Bira, and road nationals in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Van der Breggen trails Guarnier by two seconds in the overall. Moolman is five seconds behind, third on GC

On Monday, the Giro Rosa will offer up the longest stage of the race at 130km, from Curtatone to Mantova.

Top 10, Stage 2: Gaiarine – San Fior (121.5km)

1. Megan Guarnier (Boels Dolmans Pro) 3h12’44”
2. Anna Van der Breggen (Rabo-Liv) +0”
3. Ashleigh Moolman (Bigla) +0”
4. Elisa Longo Borghini (Wiggle Honda) +0′
5. Karol-Ann Canuel (Velocio-SRAM) +2”
6. Evelyn Stevens (Boels Dolmans) +2”
7. Katarzyna Niewadoma (Rabo-Liv) +2”
8. Mara Abbott (Wiggle-Honda) +6”
9. Eugenia Bujak (BTC City Ljubljana) +1’44”
10. Rachel Neylan (Orica-AIS) +1’47”

General classification after Stage 2:

1. Megan Guarnier (Boels Dolmans) 5h47’49”
2. Anna Van der Breggen (Rabo-Liv) +2”
3. Ashleigh Moolman (Bigla) +5”
4. Elisa Longo Borghini (Wiggle-Honda) +13”
5. Evelyn Stevens (Boels Dolmans) +15”
6. Katarzyna Niewadoma (Rabo-Liv) +17”
7. Karol-Ann Canuel (Velocio-SRAM) +24”
8. Mara Abbott (Wiggle-Honda) +24”
9. Lucinda Brand (Rabo-Liv) +1’40”
10. Annemiek Van Vleuten (Bigla) +1’53”

The 26th Giro Rosa jerseys after stage 2:

Pink Jersey: Megan Guarnier (Boels Dolmans)
Ciclamino Jersey: Lucinda Brand (Rabo-Liv)
Green Jersey: Carlee Taylor (Lotto-Soudal)
White Jersey: Katarzyna Niewadoma (Rabo-Liv)
Blue Jersey: Elisa Longo Borghini (Wiggle-Honda)

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