Giro Rosa (at. 1)
Telefónica-backed outfit finished 1’21” behind winners Trek-Segafredo as local hero Elisa Longo Borghini dons first Maglia Rosa.
A tight contest saw Trek-Segafredo prevailing in the opening day of the 2020 Giro Rosa (UCI Women’s WorldTour), a 16.8km team time trial in and around Grosseto, with long straights and really fast speeds.
The US-licensed outfit got Elisa Longo Borghini into the first leader’s jersey with their win, only 2″ ahead of Boels-Dolmans (2nd). Title holder Annemiek van Vleuten’s Mitchelton-Scott finished in 3rd place, 5″ down.
The Movistar Team, focused on keeping their group together and protecting climbers Paula Patiño and Katrine Aalerud into the final headwind, took the day’s 12th quickest time, 1’21” behind the winner.
It was a really intense start to a race full of hills and unexpected difficulties, whose best example could be stage two, including two ‘sterrato’ sections and plenty of little climbs in the 125km route between Civitella Paganico and Arcidosso.
Cover picture (c): Velofocus