Giro d’Italia Donne stage 9: Kristen Faulkner solos to impressive queen stage victory

This story first appeared on VeloNews.com.

Kristen Faulkner (BikeExchange-Jayco) attacked on the first climb of the day and survived almost 100km out front and over 3,000 vertical meters to win stage 8 of the Giro d’Italia Donne, her second victory at this year’s race.

Faulkner attacked her day-long breakaway companion Gaia Realini (Isolmant-Premac-Vittoria) on the final climb of the day, and held off the chasing GC riders to secure the win in San Lorenzo Dorsino.

Behind, Marta Cavalli (FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope) distanced Maglia Rosa Annemiek van Vleuten (Movistar) in the finale, but the Dutch woman looks to have the overall victory secured with an over a minute buffer going into tomorrow’s flat finale stage.

More to follow…

Giro d’Italia Donne (2.WWT)
San Michele All’Adige → San Lorenzo Dorsino

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