Megan Guarnier wins the Giro Rosa

Megan Guarnier (Boels-Dolmans) won the overall of the Giro Rosa, with teammate Evie Stevens taking second and Anna van der Breggen (Rabo-Liv) in third. The final stage was won by Rabo-Liv’s Thalita de Jong took the final stage win.

Nine leaders escaped the peloton, among them Riejanne Markus (Liv-Plantur), the third time in a break this race, last year’s stage 6 winner Mayuko Hagiwara (Wiggle-High5) and Maria Giuli Confalonieri (Lensworld-Zannata), who finished on the podium twice in the 2016 Giro Rosa already and was obviously looking for a third podium place when joining the break.

A group of six riders wanted to bridge the gap to the lead group, but ended up in a chasse patate and were brought back by the peloton at kilometer 70. Rabo-Liv’s Lucinda Brand, who’s been practicing her bunch sprints this Giro Rosa, and Canyon-SRAM’s Barbara Guarischi, 2015 Giro Rosa stage 1 winner, were represented in that group.

The GPM climb reduced the lead group to six riders, but Rabo-Liv’s Thalita de Jong didn’t wait for the sprint and left them behind on the descent.

After three podium places for Anna van der Breggen (Rabo-Liv), one for teammate Kasia Niewiadoma and a second place for De Jong herself in the prologue, the world cyclocross champion finally delivered Rabo-Liv a last-minute stage win in the 2016 Giro Rosa. A couple of minutes later, Megan Guarnier (Boels-Dolmans) crossed the finish line, knowing she did it!

Final general classification:

1 Megan Guarnier (Boels Dolmans)


2 Evelyn Stevens (Boels Dolmans)


3 Anna Van Der Breggen (Rabo Liv)


4 Claudia Lichtenberg (Lotto Soudal)


5 Mara Abbott (Wiggle High5)


6 Tatiana Guderzo (Hitec Products)


7 Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Rabo Liv)


8 Leah Kirchmann (Liv-Plantur)


9 Alena Amialiusik (Canyon SRAM)


10 Kseniya Tuhai (Bepink)


11 Elisa Longo Borghini (Wiggle High5)


12 Tetiana Riabchenko (INPA – Bianchi)


13 Yevgeniya Vysotska (Hagens Berman-Supoermint)


14 Doris Schweizer (Cylance Pro Cycling)


15 Karol-Ann Canuel (Boels Dolmans)


16 Margarita Victoria Garcia (Bizkaia – Durango)


17 Alice Maria Arzuffi (Lensworld-Zannata)


18 Malgorzta Jasinska (Ale’ Cipollini)


19 Thalita De Jong (Rabo Liv)


20 Rasa Leleivyte (Aromitalia Vaiano)