MARTA BASTIANELLI TAKES THE FIRST ITALIAN WIN AT GIRO ROSA IN POLLA

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The World Champion of Stuttgart 2007 is the first stage winner for Italy of the 28th Giro Rosa: The athlete of Alè Cipollini – Galassia Team has triumphed in the penultimate stage (Palinuro – Polla, 122 km) beating the Finnish Lotta Lepistö (Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling Team) and Giorgia Bronzini (Wiggle High5).

A very hot and sunny weather through the roads of Cilento and Vallo di Diano was with the race, the last day in the Province of Salerno. A small group went in the front in the first part, including the three times Italian Champion Elena Cecchini, but the Pink Jersey peloton could take them before the Cathegorized climb of Sala Consilina. Three riders attack here: Malgorzata Jasinska (Cylance Pro Cycling), Lauren Kitchen (WM3) and Anna Trevisi (Alè – Cipollini – Galassia), who have more than a minute at the first passage from Polla. The peloton accelerate until catching the breakaway at the last kilometer: the Team Alè – Cipollini – Galassia does a perfect work and Marta Bastianelli took the win, with Lepistö (first place in Roseto degli Abruzzi) and Giorgia Bronzini. Marta is back on the podium of the Giro after Legnano 2016. Anna Van der Breggen, who has been reached by her family in Polla, keeps the Pink Jersey with 1’03” from Elisa Longo Borghini and 1’39” from Annemiek Van Vleuten: the Vesuvius will be the decisive climb tomorrow in the final stage of Torre del Greco.

RESULTS STAGE 9 (TOP 3):

1. Marta Bastianelli  (Alè – Cipollini – Galassia)                  3h05’09”
2. Lotta Lepistö (Cervelo – Bigla Pro Cycling Team)                   st
3. Giorgia Bronzini (Wiggle High5)                                             st

GENERAL CLASSIFICATION AFTER STAGE 9 (TOP 3):

1. Anna Van der Breggen (Boels Dolmans)                    22h30’06”
2. Elisa Longo Borghini (Wiggle High5)                                +1’03”
3. Annemiek Van Vleuten (Orica – Scott)                              +1’39”

THE JERSEYS OF THE 28TH GIRO ROSA AFTER STAGE 9:

Maglia ROSA COLNAGO: Anna Van der Breggen (Boels Dolmans)
Maglia CICLAMINO SELLE SMP: Annemiek Van Vleuten (Orica-Scott)
Maglia VERDE PURPLE by GLOBAL STOCK: Annemiek Van Vleuten (Orica-Scott)
Maglia BIANCA COLNAGO: Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig (Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling Team)
Maglia BLU GSG: Elisa Longo Borghini (Wiggle High5)

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