Longo Borghini, Uttrup Ludwig, Spratt lose massive five minutes in GC standings – Giro d’Italia Donne

After three stages on Sardinia, the Giro d’Italia Donne returned to the Italian mainland for stage 4 in the hills around Cesena. The stage wasn’t expected to be as important for the general classification as it turned out to be, but many of the top GC contenders in the race lost upwards of five minutes, in part due to extreme heat with temperatures of up to 40 Celsius. 

Adding the difficulty of the stage was that the route was almost continuously up-and-down for the last 85 kilometres and wreaked havoc in the GC that had been established by the stage 1 ITT in Cagliari, where Kristen Faulkner (BikeExchange-Jayco) took the first leader’s jersey – overhauled by World Champion Elisa Balsamo (Trek-Segafredo) on the two subsequent sprint stages.

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