Posted by Editoress on 07/1/12
Stevens Takes Stage Win and Maglia Rosa at Giro Donne (Giro d'Italia Femminile)
Specialized-lululemon's Evelyn Stevens has won the third Stage of the Giro Donne soloing to the line at the end of a tough mountain stage in Castiglione dei Pepoli. She now wears the Maglia Rosa going into stage four.
Going over the top of the 14km Category One climb of Paso della Futa, a breakaway group of four formed that included Stevens, Emma Pooley, five time Giro Donne winner Fabiana Luperini and defending champion Marianne vos.
Stevens attacked the small group with only 2.5km to go and was able to hold them off to take the win of the stage and move into the overall race lead.
"I'm so excited," said Stevens. "I wanted to come here to the Giro and give it everything and today was the first stage that I thought I could do something. It was fun racing and worked out really well for us in the end.
"This is only stage three so we have six to go and some hard racing again but we're looking forward to giving it everything until the end."
Stage four is a 98km stage starting and finishing in Montecatini with a ten kilometer climb up the Goraiolo in the latter part of the day.
Specialized-lululemon press release
|Stage 3: Vernio to Castiglione dei Pepoli, 124 km|
|1 Evelyn Stevens (USA) Specialized-lululemon||3:34:25|
|2 Fabiana Luperini (Ita) Faren Honda Team||at 0:20|
|3 Emma Pooley (GBr) AAdrink Leontien.nl||s.t.|
|4 Marianne Vos (Ned) Stichting Rabobank||0:31|
|5 Claudia Hausler (Ger) GreenEDGE AIS||2:02|
|6 Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Hitec Products Mistral Home||2:21|
|7 Tatiana Guderzo (Ita) Mcipollini Giambenini||2:21|
|8 Ashleigh Moolman (RSA) Lotto Belisol Ladies||2:22|
|9 Judith Arndt (Ger) GreenEDGE AIS||2:30|
|10 Annemiek Van Vleuten (Ned) Stichting Rabobank||5:17|
|17 Clara Hughes (Can) Team Specialized Lululemon||6:07|
|1 Evelyn Stevens (USA) Specialized-lululemon||7:31:53|
|2 Marianne Vos (Ned) Stichting Rabobank||at 0:12|
|3 Emma Pooley (GBr) AAdrink Leontien.nl||0:31|
|4 Fabiana Luperini (Ita) Faren Honda Team||1:01|
|5 Judith Arndt (Ger) GreenEDGE AIS||2:35|
|6 Claudia Hausler (Ger) GreenEDGE AIS||2:39|
|7 Tatiana Guderzo (Ita) Mcipollini Giambenini||2:41|
|8 Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Hitec Products Mistral||2:51|
|9 Ashleigh Moolman (RSA) Lotto Belisol Ladies||2:51|
|10 Annemiek Van Vleuten (Ned) Stichting Rabobank||5:30|
|17 Clara Hughes (Can) Specialized-lululemon||6:05|
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