HANNAH BARNES, THE ENGLISH FLASH OF SAN VENDEMIANO

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Faster than a F1 car (she has shortly lived near the Silverstone Circuit) the Canyon SRAM rider has won the Stage 3 of Giro Rosa 2017 (San Fior – San Vendemiano, 100 kms) beating the Finnish Lotta Lepistö (Cervelo Bigla) and Kirsten Wild (Cylance Pro Cycling).

This has been an eventful stage: the Colombian Sanabria Sanchez (Servetto Giusta Alurecycling) did a solo breakaway just before the first passage on the finish line of San Vendemiano, resisting until the beginning of Cà del Poggio cathegorized climb.), won by Annemiek Van Vleuten.  The Dutch of Orica – Scott, who took the win yesterday, tried an attack with seven fighters for the GC but the peloton took them from behind. Elena Cecchini wants a solo win, she could be in the front for more than 10 kilometers but the teams of the sprinters did a “brutal” acceleration with the goal of a bunch sprint. Also Clemilda Fernandes (Servetto Giusta Alurecycling) and Iraida Garcia Ocasio (S.C. Michela Fanini) tried an attack, the bunch is faster and the sprint is here: Chloe Hosking seems the strongest but Hannah Barnes is the first on the finish line. It is the first victory for the born in Kent (England) rider. Nothing changed in the GC, as Anna Van der Breggen keeps the Maglia Rosa on her shoulders, Annemiek Van Vleuten is second and Elisa Longo Borghini.

Tomorrow there is the stage 4, with start and finish in Occhiobello (Rovigo).

RESULTS STAGE 3 GIRO ROSA 2017:

1. HANNAH BARNES 2H27’49”
2. LOTTA LEPISTÖ              st
3. KIRSTEN WILD                st

CLASSIFICA GENERALE DOPO LA 3° TAPPA:

1. ANNA VAN DER BREGGEN   5H54’21”
2. ANNEMIEK VAN VLEUTEN            +18”
3. ELISA LONGO BORGHINI              +26”

THE JERSEYS OF THE GIRO ROSA AFTER STAGE 3:

PINK Jersey COLNAGO: Anna Van der Breggen (Boels Dolmans)
CYCLAMINE Jersey SELLE SMP: Annemiek Van Vleuten (Orica-Scott)
GREEN Jersey PURPLE by GLOBAL STOCK: Annemiek Van Vleuten (Orica-Scott)
WHITE Jersey COLNAGO: Floortje Mackaij (Team Sunweb)
BLUE Jersey GSG: Elisa Longo Borghini (Wiggle High5)

Photo (c) Flaviano Ossola

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