The American climber is the queen of the second stage of the Giro Rosa 2016, from Tarcento to Montenars for 111.1 km totally. Evelyn Stevens attacked in the sprint of the short but tough, final climb the Italian Elisa Longo Borghini (Wiggle – High5) and the Polish Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Rabo-Liv).
The stage has been run quietly until the first climb to Montenars, but other “fights” have been seen for the two intermediate sprints in Peonis (Special Price dedicated toOttavio Bottecchia) and Buja, won respectively by the local idol Elena Cecchini and her teammate Alena Amialiusik (Canyon – SRAM). Cecchini, awarded at the start in Tarcento, tried to attack with a small group descending to Artegna before the final climb but she has been reached lately. Megan Guarnier, in Pink Jersey, lost seconds in the last kilometers at 9% slope (KOM – Category 2) and gives the pink to her teammateEvelyn Stevens, who leads now with 2” gap from Katarzyna Niewiadoma and 18” from Guarnier.
Tomorrow there is a flat stage: the 120 kms from Montagnana to Lendinara is for sprinters.
TOP 3 STAGE 2 (TARCENTO – MONTENARS, 111.1 KM):
1. Evelyn Stevens (Boels Dolmans) 2:48’26”
2. Elisa Longo Borghini (Wiggle High5) st
3. Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Rabo-Liv) +2”
TOP 3 GENERAL CLASSIFICATION AFTER STAGE 2:
1. Evelyn Stevens (Boels Dolmans) 5:29’12”
2. Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Rabo-Liv) +2”
3. Megan Guarnier (Boels Dolmans) +18”
THE JERSEYS OF THE 27° GIRO ROSA AFTER STAGE 2:
Pink Jersey COLNAGO – Classifica Generale: Evelyn Stevens (Boels Dolmans)
Ciclamino Jersey SELLE SMP – Classifica a punti: Megan Guarnier (Boels Dolmans)
Green Jersey MORTIROLO – Classifica GPM: Evelyn Stevens (Boels Dolmans)
White Jersey COLNAGO- Classifica giovani: Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Rabo-Liv)
Blue Jersey GIESSEGI – Classifica Italiane: Elisa Longo Borghini (Wiggle High5)
Photocredits (c) Flaviano Ossola