Alexis Ryan sprinted to third place today on stage three of the GIro Rosa in Corbetta, Italy. The eight lap circuit was won by Jolien d’Hoore (MTS) in a bunch sprint, with Ryan happy to take the podium spot after her sixth place yesterday. With the 132km stage just outside of Milan being the flattest stage of this year’s Giro Rosa, the four-rider breakaway that escaped early in the stage was destined to be caught before the line and so happened with four kilometres remaining.
After her sixth place in yesterday’s sprint finish, Ryan said her CANYON//SRAM Racing teammates were motivated to turn it around today. “We had the plan to take another stab at a lead out. We were disappointed with how yesterday went, so we felt the best option was to try again,” said Ryan after the podium ceremony.
“Everyone had an established role in the lead out and we had a clear plan of execution. Of course, races don’t go according to plan. We took over the front early, which meant we had to rely on other team’s trains to finish it off. Elena (Cecchini) was the last woman standing, and from there I jumped on Sunweb before the last corner.”
“I jumped a bit early because I didn’t want to get caught on the back foot. A podium is an improvement from yesterday, but we’re hungry for more!” hinted Ryan after the stage. Leah Kirchmann (SUN) takes over the Maglia Rosa, Elena Cecchini keeps the blue jersey for Best Italian rider for the third consecutive day.