Another stage for the fast women in the bunch awaited the Giro Donne peloton today as they left the town of Cala Gonone, covering 113 kilometres to Olbia. Climbing out of the neutralised zone, the bunch headed immediately downhill making for a fast start to the stage and a few unsuccessful breakaway attempts before the move of the day eventually went clear.
Like yesterday the team remained in the peloton, focusing on staying safe and conserving energy for the finale. Battling into a headwind the break were eventually caught at just over ten kilometres to go where the team moved up well together, protecting third-placed finisher on yesterday’s stage, Charlotte Kool. Working well as a group the team held a good position going through the last roundabout before things in the peloton became more chaotic with rider and teams mixed throughout the bunch.
Coming into the final kilometre Franziska Koch came back to the front and moved Kool up really well, as the race charged into sight of the finish gantry. Having already made some efforts to hold position, Kool gave it everything all the way to the line – claiming a super second place at the finish.