GIRO D'ITALIA DONNE
Fossano – Cuneo
Fossano – Cuneo
Hot summer sun, strong enough to crack the flagstones. A little breeze.
Green Piemontese fields. Mountains in every direction on the horizon.
Straight and flat, but with technical sections through smaller rural villages.
A frenetic team time trial, we were the tenth team scheduled off the ramp. With the Italian sun beating down, our riders hunkered in the shade as much as possible. Some riders devised innovative cooling techniques. Then it was time for the action. A downhill and technical start was followed by a short climb. After negotiating the first half of the stage as a tight formation of six, the team lost one rider, followed by a second – but were able to finish the course strong with the required four.
QUOTE OF THE DAY
It's like 'Alright, I got one job and this is what I need to do'. You take a deep breath, and hope your pull is hard enough and strong enough.”
– HOLLY, ON SUFFERING
The squad are momentarily distracted from the day's goal when a cute pup barges into the breakfast room.
A brutally-fast start saps some of the energy from the team's legs.
Holly Breck puts in one final turn, before pulling off – job complete.
Our four riders cross the line in a time of 37'34", good enough for 18th place.
We cross the line with a time of 37'34"
It's good enough for 18th place, with a 3'53" time loss to the stage winners
LAY OF THE LAND
The race heads immediately into the mountains on stage two. You can watch live on GCN+ for the final 15km, which tomorrow should comprise most of the Prato Nevoso climb. It will be epic.