Bronzini – Bastianelli – Confalonieri: the “Tricolore” flag shines at the finish line in Legnano, at the end of a frightening stage.
The 97.550 km of the stage started in Rescaldina were mostly on the roads of the Coppa Bernocchi were run at high speed, with a breakaway that included Alena Amialiusik (Canyon-SRAM), Anna Ceoloni (Servetto-Footon-Alurecycling), Rozanne Slik (Liv-Plantur), Audrey Cordon (Wiggle High5), Malgorzata Jasinska (Alè-Cipollini), Lex Albrecht (BePink) and Ana Maria Covrig (Inpa-Bianchi), with the National Champion of Romania who passed first on the climb of Gornate Superiore (Category 3). In the second part, the peloton tried to accelerate, but the attacks continued in the front: Amialiusik and Covrig remained alone but Ceoloni joined them again with Slik close to the passage at the finish line in Legnano. Ana Covrig didn’t give up and attacked at the last kilometer, the peloton was just behind her and in the bunch sprint Giorgia Bronzini has been the fastest, beating other two italians, Marta Bastianelli (Alè-Cipollini) and Maria Giulia Confalonieri (Lensworld-Zannata), who was second in the sprint in Lovere.
Nothing changes in the General Classification: Megan Guarnier remains in Pink with only one stage to go: her advantage is 34” from her teammate Evelyn Stevens (Boels Dolmans) and 1’53” from Anna Van der Breggen (Rabo-Liv)
Declarations of Giorgia Bronzini: “This victory is important because the National Coach Dino Salvoldi called me to be part of our team at the Olympic Games in Rio. This event will demonstrate that the Italian Women National Cycling Team will completely honour the National Jersey.
Note for the press: the press conference of the fifth Jersey Winners of the 27th Giro Rosa is fixed at the end of the stage in Verbania – Pallanza.
TOP 3 STAGE 8 – RESCALDINA – LEGNANO 97,550 KM:
1. Giorgia Bronzini (Wiggle High5) 2:28’48”
2. Marta Bastianelli (Alè Cipollini-Parmigiano Reggiano) st
3. Maria Giulia Confalonieri (Lensworld-Zannata) st
GENERAL CLASSIFICATION AFTER STAGE 8:
1. Megan Guarnier (Boels Dolmans) 19:56’19”
2. Evelyn Stevens (Boels Dolmans) +34”
3. Anna Van der Breggen (Rabo-Liv) +1’53”
THE JERSEYS OF THE 27TH GIRO ROSA AFTER STAGE 8:
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