Rain, hills and more rain on Donne stage three 🇮🇹

Defensive performance sees Koppenburg and KDH protect GC spots

4 months ago by Tom Owen
GIRO D'ITALIA DONNE
Stage 3 
Casale Monferrato – Ovada
ROSTER
 WEATHER
It rained and it rained. A few weak shoots of sunlight illuminated the finish in Ovada.
  TERRAIN
Sharp, short ascents rather that sustained climbing efforts. Verdant fields and tight tree-lines.
 COURSE 
Narrow roads[4], fast and technical descents. A classic sprint with a long straight finish.
THE STAGE
The threatened thunderstorms never materialized, but the conditions were gritty and tough for the first 100km[1]. The middle part of the day was raced hard and a breakaway escaped to take the stage and four minutes. Three of our riders were able to follow wheels in the peloton coming home in a large group with the maglia rosa [3]. Victory went to Marianne Vos who won the four-way sprint. Clara Koppenburg was the team's top finisher, bringing it home safely in the bunch along with Heidi Franz and Krista Doebel-Hickok.
  QUOTE OF THE DAY  
"It was full-on from 65km to go. We're content to come through a challenging stage safely, and focused on the TT tomorrow."
– DS JOANNE, ON SAFETY FIRST
DECISIVE MOMENTS
  Pre-stage, the mechanics discuss the comparative merits of different tire pressures. The press officer zones out.[5]
  Another subdued start, with the race crackling into life at KM65.
  The break gets away on the second GPM and Clara leads the chase in the peloton.[2]
Marianne Vos wins the stage in a four-way sprint. The peloton – with Heidi, Clara, and Krista – cross four minutes later.
NOTABLE RESULTS
Clara Koppenburg rolls over the line in 42nd place[4]
Heidi Franz (46th) and Krista Doebel-Hickok (54th) are hot on her heels in the same bunch
LAY OF THE LAND
The race of truth. But with a mountain. An individual time trial in the Alps promises yet more movement in the GC. For complete stage details including how to follow the race and where to watch, visit our preview.