Giro Rosa (et. 8)
Combative Polish rider from Movistar Team into winning break of stage eight, anticipated by a well-timed attack from Lizzy Banks (BIG).
The biggest protagonist, with her results and consistency, of the Movistar Team throughout the 2018 season offered yet another display of brilliance and fighting spirit on Friday at the 2019 Giro Rosa. Malgorzata Jasinska took 4th and was a key factor into the winning break of stage eight, the longest of the Italian grandtour over 133km from Vittorio Veneto to Maniago.
The Polish allrounder profited from a ten-woman GC group being caught after the toughest climb of the day, Andreis (Cat-2), to break away into a counter attack of 10 riders and left the big favourites behind with 40km remaining. As all main squads were represented, with only race leader Annemiek van Vleuten’s Mitchelton-Scott leading the bunch at a steady tempo, the gaps opened up to nearly two minutes with ten kilometers to go.
Jasinska tried to anticipate the sprint with an attack from afar, yet it was a late attack from Lizzy Banks (BIG), 8km before the end, which counted towards the win, ahead of team-mate Leah Thomas (2nd) and Soraya Paladin (ALE, Cat-2). ‘Jasi’ was still able to take 4th place and confirm with a good result she’s back to the front of the peloton. A smile we’ve been looking for for a long time.
Cover picture (c): Velofocus