The Boels-Dolmans Cycling Team has finished in third place in the opening stage of the Giro Rosa. In the 15.5 kilometer long team time trial in Verbania alongside the Lago Maggiore, the formation of manager Danny Stam finished twelve seconds behind the winner, World Champion Team Sunweb. Karol-Ann Canuel was the first of the team to cross the finish line and will wear the green mountain jersey tomorrow. Megan Guarnier, Chantal Blaak, Amy Pieters, Christine Majerus, Skylar Schneider and Anna Plichta are the other six riders competing in the Giro.
"It was a difficult and tough team time trial. It was very fast, "says Guarnier. "We all gave i tour best and finished third. It was a good team time trial and we can be satisfied with it. It gives confidence for the coming days. "
World champion and brand new Dutch road champion Chantal Blaak raced for once in the orange of Boels-Dolmans. "It was a very fast team time trial. It was only 15 kilometers and very fast. That is difficult. We just went full throttle from start to finish. I think we have done well. That gives confidence in the team for the stages to come. "
Canadian Karol-Ann Canuel was the first from the team to cross the line in Verbania and claimed the green mountain jersey. "If we look at our performance, we can be satisfied that we finished on the podium. I am glad that the Giro has finally started and we are ready for the stages that are yet to come. The team time trial was very fast with some technical parts. The stage was short, so we went full throttle from start to finish. "
Tomorrow is the second stage over 120 kilometers from and to Ovada. On paper it is the first stage for the sprinters.