THE USA DOMINATE THE CLIMB OF MADONNA DELLA GUARDIA

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Evelyn Stevens takes the victory after a spectacular stage with uphill finish in Alassio/Madonna della Guardia, with her compatriot Megan Guarnier who is back wearing the Pink Jersey

It has been a very emotional stage: Katarzyna Niewiadoma tried a solo breakaway in the first phase, characterized by the climbs of Passo del Ginestro, Colle di Nava and Passo Caprauna. Here Mara Abbott went to catch the escapist of Rabo-Liv Team together with Evelyn Stevens, forming a top-level trio. The first 8 chasers, included Guderzo and Cecchini, accelerated in the downhill and catched the head of the race before Albenga (Intermediate Sprint). Cecchini had troubles but could be back in the front before the start of the climb. Here Abbott forced the rhythm,  and tried to attack twice: only Van der Breggen, Stevens, Lichtenberg and Tatiana Guderzo resisted, but the Italians must give up in the last 2 kilometers. At 1.5 kms to go, Stevens makes the decisive attack, Abbott gave up this permitted to the American of Boels Dolmans to take the victory, the second in her Giro Rosa, in another uphill finish. Megan Guarnier came second 6” later and becomes the new Race Leader with three stages to go and the Individual Time Trial in Varazze tomorrow which should give an unofficial idea about the final General Classification. At the moment the GC podium is 100 made in USA, with Guarnier, Abbott and Stevens.

Evelyn Stevens said: “That’s a splendid sensation, I didn’t expect to win two stages in such a race and I’ve done it in the two uphill finishes. I am really happy, Megan got the Pink Jersey and it’s amazing. I dedicate this victory to our teammate Karol-Ann Canuel who did a splendid job”.

STAGE RESULTS 6° TAPPA (ANDORA – ALASSIO/MADONNA DELLA GUARDIA, 118.6 KM):

1. Evelyn Stevens (Boels Dolmans)          3:47’42”
2. Megan Guarnier (Boels Dolmans)                +6”
3. Anna Van der Breggen (Rabo-Liv)               +19”

GENERAL CLASSIFICATION AFTER STAGE 6:

1. Megan Guarnier (Boels Dolmans)         16:50’41”
2. Mara Abbott (Wiggle High5)                        +46”
3. Evelyn Stevens (Boels Dolmans)              +1’03”

THE JERSEYS OF THE 27TH GIRO ROSA AFTER STAGE 6:

Pink Jersey COLNAGO – General Classification: Megan Guarnier (Boels Dolmans)
Ciclamino Jersey SELLE SMP – Points Classification: Megan Guarnier (Boels Dolmans)
Green Jersey MORTIROLO – Mountain Classification: Elisa Longo Borghini (Wiggle High5)
White Jersey COLNAGO – Youngs Classification: Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Rabo-Liv)
Blue Jersey GIESSEGI – Italians Classification: Tatiana Guderzo (Hitec Products)

Photocredit (c) Giro Rosa

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