Giro Rosa stage 3 in photos

Tayler Wiles animates the race for the last kilometers.

Tayler Wiles animated the action at the end of the 104-kilometer stage 3 from Sagliano Micca to Piedicavallo with a gutsy attack with just over 20 kilometers remaining.  Wiles gained almost a minute’s lead, but the long five kilometer uphill to the finish line got the better of her valiant effort, and she was caught by Lucy Kennedy (Mitchelton-Scott) with 1800 meters to go. Kennedy appeared poised for victory but would be pipped at the line by Marianne Vos (CCC-Liv), who took her second straight win.

Tayler Wiles attacks on a climb with 21 kilometers to go.

Tayler Wiles was solo for nearly 20 kilometers.

There was a 2-kilometer climb at about 83kms and the girls put me in really good position as Giorgia (Bronzini, director) said that would be a good time to attack. I went from the bottom and tried to give it a go, but with about 1.5kms to go, Lucy (Kennedy) came over the top of me and I couldn't go with her - I blew up a little bit.

It was painful. It was a weird climb at the end because it was not super steep but a false flat to make you really hurt and make you feel like you are going really slow. It just felt really long. Once the group came by me with just over a kilometer to go, I couldn't hold on to them anymore, but I saw Ruth (Winder) and Elisa (Longo Borghini) in good position and hoped they could give it a go. We did our best.

Ruth Winder was the highest finisher for the team, crossing the line in 21st place (+9″), with Elisa Longo Borghini arriving in 29th, losing 32 seconds. Longo Borghini held onto the blue jersey for the best Italian rider.

With the big mountains still ahead, Winder sits in 13th place overall and Longo Borghini in 17th.


Ruth Winder crosses the finish line.

Ruth Winder gasps for breath at the finish.

It was a hot day! Tayler had a good gap and it looked like it would stay, but coming into the finish there were a lot of teams that wanted the stage as well so they were pulling hard. Coming into the last kilometer it was full-gas, and I was doing all I could. I was trying to help Elisa a little bit, but I was totally gassed and I think she was also feeling it. I think maybe we both suffered from the heat, I'm not sure, but we were really lacking something in that last kilometer.

Elisa Longo Borghini tries to cool down after another hot day in Italy.


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