We successfully defended the leader’s jersey in today’s fourth stage of the Giro Rosa Iccrea. In an unpredictable stage that was touted as a potential bunch sprint, the 101km stage from Lissone to Carate Brianza eventually was one for the breakaway. Letizia Borghesi (Aromitalia Vaiano) won the stage in a photo finish, ahead of Nadia Quagliotto (ALE).
Niewiadoma finished safely in the bunch and maintains a 20 second lead in the general classification as the Giro Rosa moves now to the mountain stages. Alena Amialiusik holds fourth place +40 seconds, and Omer Shapira +44 seconds in fifth position on the general classification.
After a recent landslide affected the Gavia Pass, race organisers were forced to create a new parcours for tomorrow’s stage five. The 88.8km stage has just under 3000m elevation gain, and finishes with the climb to Lago di Cancano in Sondrio, Italy.
“This year’s Giro Rosa has already been great to us and so far have enjoyed the maglia rosa for five stages,” said Team Manager and Sports Director, Ronny Lauke.
“It’s an incredible experience for all of our riders, since they have achieved that jersey together, first after the team time trial stage one victory, but also from their teamwork in the following stages. Our aim is to continue writing that success story.”
“Topographically, we now hit the harder part of the Giro Rosa. All of our riders with climbing abilities are well positioned in GC. Our morale is very high and I’m very happy to see the team working together in this way. We will focus on ourselves, with a clear plan to defend the jersey, and we will know better at the finish line how good our plan was,” added Lauke.