Mixed fortunes in the Donne mountain time trial 🇮🇹

Full gas, no brakes. All the way to the top.

4 weeks ago by Tom Owen
GIRO D'ITALIA DONNE
Stage 4 
Formazza Fondovalle – Formazza Riale
ROSTER
 WEATHER
Clear skies and sunshine. A sweet following wind coming up the valley.
  TERRAIN
The ultimate alpine ascent. How many TTs go over a 500ft waterfall?
 COURSE 
Flat for 4.4km[1], then up, up, up. It felt like "ripping your lungs out".
THE STAGE
Today's course took us high into the Formazza valley, settled by German-speakers in the 13th Century – and where Walser German[2] is still spoken by many . The race of truth gives you nowhere to hide, but our women dug deep and powered through a very difficult course. Our early best time was set by Poido who crossed in 30'35", before Krista came through the line in a hot 28'58"[3]. Clara started last of our six riders, bringing it home in 29'07". When the results were posted, we discovered Holly was outside the time limit by 16 seconds, and would not be allowed to start the following stage – a reminder of how cruel our sport can be.
  QUOTE OF THE DAY  
"I don't follow no YouTube tutorials."
– KATIE, ON GETTING AERO
DECISIVE MOMENTS
  Katie and Holly go in the first wave of starters, getting a feel for the course and relaying intel back to the later starters. [2]
  Heidi goes 30'42", with Poido in 30'35".
  Our GC specialists Krista and Clara cross in 28'58" and 29'07" respectively.
  Maglia rosa Anna van der Breggen wins the stage with a time of 25'08"
NOTABLE RESULTS
Krista Doebel-Hickok takes 36th place with 28'58".
Clara Koppenburg takes 37th with her time of 29'06".
Clara now sits 22nd overall, Krista 34th.
LAY OF THE LAND
Circuit race in Carugate which – on paper – promises to be the first non-GC day of the race.  For complete stage details including how to follow the race and where to watch, visit our preview. Goodbye for now, Holly... we'll miss ya!