Megan Guarnier has finished the 2018 Giro Rosa in fifth place. The last stage didn’t change anything in the classification with pink jersey wearer Annemiek van Vleuten (Mitchelton-Scott) also winning the last stage. Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (Cervélo-Bigla) finished second, Amanda Spratt (Mitchelton-Scott) got third.
The tenth and last stage once again knew a flat opening section. World champion Chantal Blaak represented the team in the break, hoping the break would last until the finish.
“The aim was for the break to get to the finish line to contest the win,” Blaak said. “We had a tough Giro Rosa – fun, but hard. Everyone has given everything each day and I’m super proud of Skylar Schneider who finished the Giro Rosa today.”
Despite some strong fellow breakaway companions, like Elena Cecchini (Canyon-SRAM), Chloe Hosking (Alé Cipollini) and Jeanne Korevaar (Waowdeals), eventually it the break was caught.
“We caught the break on the climb,” explained Guarnier. “The speed was quite high again today.”
“On the climb, Moolman, Spratt and Van Vleuten got a gap on a small group of us,” Guarnier said. “On the descent, we caught Moolman and Spratt, while Van Vleuten was off the front.”
Van Vleuten’s gap never came down again and the GC leader won her third stage this Giro Rosa to consolidate her pink jersey. Guarnier finished fourth on the stage.
“For the finish I went early because it was a bit technical over cobbles,” Guarnier said. “When I went to make the left hand corner at 100 meters to go, Brand came up underneath me and almost crashed everyone. After restarting from a stop, I got third in the sprint for second place.”
Guarnier looks back on a Giro Rosa with ups and downs, having aimed for podium going into the most important stage race in women’s cycling. Nonetheless, Guarnier also takes plenty of positives from the race.
“My highlight of this race was having a great team dynamic,” said Guarnier. “We had a tough Giro, but the entire team stayed positive for the entire ten days and really helped me every day.”
“We finished with all seven riders, and we were all able to laugh about how insanely hard the Zoncolan was,” continued Guarnier. “And Skylar, age 19, finished her first Giro!”
“I wish I could have made a better result for all of their hard work,” concluded Guarnier. “But at the end of the day, I can look back and know I did my best preparation for this race. I came out and fought hard each day and gave it everything.”