08.07.2023 World-Tour, News, Race news
CHLOE SPRINTS TO SECOND AT THE GIRO DONNE
Chloé Dygert gave CANYON//SRAM Racing another podium performance at this year’s Giro d’Italia Donne. The USA national road champion sprinted to second in the penultimate stage in Sassari today after a strong lead out from her teammates. The podium comes on the back of Chloé’s third place on stage two and Antonia Niedermaier’s win on stage five for the team.
“We did a really good lead out today, so I’m disappointed I couldn’t finish it off for the team,” said Chloé after the podium.
Despite many teams looking for an aggressive stage and breakaway, a reduced peloton came to the uphill drag finish in the centre of Sassari. A breakaway was caught in the final 30km of racing as riders contended for a shift in the lower GC places. Soraya Paladin was in a potential late breakaway, but as the peloton approached 15km to go, it came together for a bunch sprint. Soraya could still help in the lead out with Sarah Roy taking over for the final pull. Chloé went to the front with less than 200m to go but was overtaken by stage winner Blanka Vas (SDW) in the last 25m.
“We played it well in the final, and the pace stayed high. Soraya did a strong pull that really helped. Then Roy did her work, putting me in a good position for the sprint. I just got overtaken in the final metres.”
“For the last stage, we need to see how we’re all feeling. Stage 8 was really hot, and I still feel the effects of my crash on stage one. We have a few different options,” said Chloé.
HOW TO WATCH
Pauliena Rooijakkers is CANYON//SRAM Racing’s best-placed rider in the general classification in twelfth place.
The final stage of the Giro d’Italia Donne can be followed on Twitter with #GiroDonne23 and #UCIWWT. The 126km stage from Sassari to Olbia is broadcast on RAI Sport, GCN and Eurosport at 13:00CEST.