Canyon-SRAM wins opening stage of Giro Rosa, Kasia Niewiadoma leads GC
Jul 05 2019 11:21 pm CET

Canyon-SRAM wins opening stage of Giro Rosa, Kasia Niewiadoma leads GC
Canyon-SRAM wins opening stage of Giro Rosa, Kasia Niewiadoma leads GC
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Canyon-SRAM has taken the victory of the opening stage of the Giro Rosa Iccrea. The team set the fastest time in the day's team time trial and Kasia Niewiadoma took the lead of the General Classification of the race.

The opening stage of the 2019 Italian grand tour was a team time trial of 18 kilometres between Cassano Spinola and Castellania -the hometown of Fausto Coppi, over a rolling route. One of the first teams to achieve a competitive time was BePink, who stopped the clock at 33 minutes and 54 seconds.

Soon after, Lotto Soudal Ladies managed to move the Italian team out of the hot seat by completing the course in 33 minutes and 48 seconds. But the stay of the Belgian formation on top of the classification was going to be short as soon Bigla stopped the clock in 32 minutes and 48 seconds.

Canyon-SRAM -led by Kasia Niewiadoma- broke the 32-minute barrier and completed the 18 kilometres route in 31 minutes and 41 seconds. Other favourites for the day like CCC-Liv with Ashleigh Moolman Pasio, Mitchelton-Scott with Dutch TT champion Annemiek van Vleuten, Boels-Dolmans with Annemiek van Vleuten and Trek-Segafredo, couldn't beat the time set by Canyon-SRAM.

At the end of the stage, Bigla finished in the second position at 24 seconds from Canyon-SRAM, CCC-Liv in the third place at 45 seconds from the winners, Mitchelton-Scott was fourth 53 seconds behind the first place, and Boels-Dolmans completed the top-five, completing the course un 32 minutes and 45 seconds.

Niewiadoma -who has already won the Youth Classification twice in the race- took the lead of the General Classification. In 2019, the Polish rider has already taken the win of the Amstel Gold Race and of one stage of the OVO Energy Tour, where she finished in the second overall position.



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