Giro Rosa stage 2: Wild wins sprint finish; Brand moves into overall lead
Wiggle High5 Pro Cycling’s Kirsten Wild took victory with a dominant sprint at the end of the second stage of the Giro d’Italia Femminile, the Giro Rosa, in Ovada, Italy. The Dutch super sprinter crossed the line well clear of former teammate Giorgia Bronzini (Cylance Pro Cycling) and European Champion Marianne Vos (Waowdeals Pro Cycling) at the end of the 120km stage. Lucinda Brand (Team Sunweb) finished on the same time as the winner and moved into the overall lead thanks to her team’s Team Time Trial win the day prior.
“This was really a team win,” said Wild afterwards. “The girls chased, and the girls that didn’t chase really helped me in the final, so it was a really good one!
“They really helped me into a good position, then I saw another team going and I followed the wheels. But Elisa and Emilia put me in a really good position.
“It’s really nice, and I’m really happy, and I think there will be some more chances for the team to take a win,” Wild said. “A win in the Giro is a really big one, so I’m happy.”
Current race leader, Brand, who took the overall leader from teammate Ellen van Dijk, was excited to keep the lead in the team.
“Today was a hard day in the sun, but I think that was the same for everyone. We did a really good job defending the jerseys and keeping them within the team, which was our goal for the day. It’s really nice to wear the leader’s jersey in a race such as this.”
Sunday’s 132km stage around Corbetta won’t present any major climbs, but due to Mitchelton-Scott’s strong TTT performance, riders like Amanda Spratt, Gracie Elvin, and Annemiek van Vleuten find themselves only 4 seconds off the lead and could challenge for the overall lead.