Kristen Faulkner won the opening stage of the Giro d’Italia Donne, the American claimed the pink jersey after taking the honors at the 2.9 mile individual time-trial in Cagliari. The Team BikeExchange-Jayco rider, was fastest in the flat stage around the Sardinia coast, crossing the line in five minutes and 45 seconds, three seconds faster than her Australian teammate Georgia Baker. Reigning road race world champion Elisa Balsamo was 5 seconds back in third in the first of 10 stages.
On Friday, the peloton takes on a 73 mile run between Villasimius and Tortoli which should favor the sprinters. The race, which has two more Sardinian stage before a rest day on Sunday, finishes on July 10th in Padova in north-eastern Italy.
GIRO D’ITALIA DONNE PROLOGUE RESULTS
|1||FAULKNER Kristen||Team BikeExchange – Jayco||5:46|
|2||BAKER Georgia||Team BikeExchange – Jayco||0:04|
|3||BALSAMO Elisa||Trek – Segafredo||0:06|
|4||KOPECKY Lotte||Team SD Worx||0:06|
|5||LONGO BORGHINI Elisa||Trek – Segafredo||0:09|
|6||VAN VLEUTEN Annemiek||Movistar Team||0:09|
|7||BRAND Lucinda||Trek – Segafredo||0:10|
|8||MARKUS Riejanne||Team Jumbo-Visma||0:11|
|9||THOMAS Leah||Trek – Segafredo||0:11|
|10||KOSTER Anouska||Team Jumbo-Visma||0:11|
RBA/AFP Photos: Sprint Cycling Agency