Giada Borghesi clinches opening stage of Giro Mediterraneo in Rosa

Giada Borghesi stormed to victory on the inaugural stage of the Giro Mediterraneo in Rosa, showcasing her sprinting skills over a demanding route from Frattamaggiore to Terzigno. At just 22 years old, Borghesi outpaced Lara Gillespie and Federica Venturelli in a compelling finish, securing not only the stage win but also the coveted first leader’s jersey.

The race concluded on the third category mountain grand prix at 195 metres above sea level, where Borghesi proved too strong for Lara Gillespie and Francesca Venturelli, who completed the podium. Today’s victory sets the stage for the second leg of the race, which promises another challenging day from Montefalcione to Torre del Greco over 103.6 kilometres.

Reflecting on her performance, Borghesi shared her satisfaction and determination to hold onto the leader’s jersey. “I don’t know when I launched the sprint, but I certainly started from a distance,” Borghesi stated. “I managed to resist the return of my immediate rivals by gritting my teeth. I’m happy, I knew I had to give everything to cross the finish line first, but I felt good.”

The day was marked by challenging conditions that tested all riders, with two other mountain prizes before the final climb at Terzigno. Beatrice Rossato and Elisa Valtulini claimed these earlier climbs at Monteforte Irpino and Forino respectively, adding to the day’s competitive spirit.

Looking ahead, Borghesi remains cautious yet optimistic about her chances of extending her lead. “I know it’s not easy,” she concluded, “but I’ll try until the end. To take the jersey from me, the others will have to work really hard.”

With the Giro Mediterraneo in Rosa only just beginning, Borghesi’s early show of strength will surely make her a marked rider in the stages to come, as her rivals look to challenge her lead in the picturesque yet punishing routes of Campania.

2024 Mediterraneo in Rosa Stage 1 result

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