GiroRosa: Longo Borghini 3rd in uphill TT

Elisa's strong performance sees her move into 6th place in the general classification.

When Elisa Longo Borghini crossed the line in stage 6 at the Giro d’Italia Femminile, a 12-kilometer mostly uphill time trial, she had just set the fastest time. It was a great ride. But with the top six of the general classification still to arrive, including the current world champion and silver medalist in the discipline, it was no surprise it was short-lived.

In the end, Annemiek van Vleuten (Mitchelton-Scott) and Anna van der Breggen (Boels-Dolmans), the top two in last year’s TT World Championships, claimed the top two spots, but Longo Borghini held onto third –  a solid result behind two of the best time trialists in the world.

Top three on the stage, Annemiek van Vleuten, Anna van der Breggen, and Elisa Longo Borghini.

Elisa Longo-Borghini prepares for the 12.1 km time trial.

I was feeling good uphill today - I could really do my pace. I did some training with the Speed Concept uphill because I knew there was this kind of TT at the Giro and this paid off.

Not a flat time trial in this region!

I am happy with the result! I really need to thank my coach, Trek-Segafredo, and the sport department of the police in Italy, and all my teammates because of all the support they have given me until now.

Audrey Cordon-Ragot powers through the gradient.

Anna Plichta warms up for the TT.

Anna Plichta got to show off her new Polish TT champion jersey.

Trixi Worrack climbs steadily. She will be needed for some tough stages to come.

Audrey Cordon-Ragot saved energy during the time trial to help support the team in the hard stages ahead.

Ruth Winder and Tayler Wiles focus ahead of the start.

Ruth Winder had a good TT and finished in 11th place.

Tayler Wiles finished 8 seconds behind Ruth Winder for 9th place.

Elisa Longo Borghini during the steeper part of the TT.

For the moment, it is nice to enjoy the podium, but the Giro is still long and it's not over. Tomorrow is another day. Today is today, tomorrow is tomorrow.

Elisa Longo Borghini extended her lead in the best Italian competition.