Hosking blows away competition in Giro Rosa sprint

Aussie Chloe Hosking (Wiggle-High5) sprinted to victory in Stage 3 of the Giro Rosa ahead of Marta Tagliaferro (Alé-Cipollini) and teammate Georgia Bronzini.

Chloe Hosking, Wiggle High5, Giro Rosa

Chloe Hosking (Wiggle High5) has been on top form in the big sprints this season, here winning Stage 3 of the Giro Rosa. Source: Velofocus

Hosking finished more than a bike length clear of the Italian riders duelling for second place - just as Hosking planned.

“I felt really good today, and it’s not every day you get an opportunity to win a stage of the Giro, so I wanted to make the most of it!

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The victory is Hosking's first in the Giro Rosa, but it almost wasn't to be due to tussles over Olympic selection.

“Gio [Bronzini] spoke to me in the car yesterday, and asked me what I wanted to do today," said Hosking. "I wanted to sprint, but I’m also mindful that Olympic qualification is still up for grabs for the Italians, so I told her that I didn’t want to take an opportunity away from her if it’s going to affect her Rio selection.

"But we spoke in the race, and she said ‘Chloe, we go for you;’ and I wasn’t going to say no."

Giro Rosa 2016
Megan Guarnier leads race leader Evelyn Stevens through the hairpins at the 2016 Giro Rosa.


The overall classification remained unchanged, with Evelyn Stevens (Boels-Dolmans) retaining the maglia rosa.
“It was a fantastic day,” said Stevens. ““We tried to form echelons a few times because it was windy.

"That made the race a bit more aggressive. You never knew when you were going to hit a crosswind section that could do damage. That definitely added to the character of the race.”




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Published 5 July 2016 at 1:59am
By Cycling Central
Source: Cycling Central