We saw a classic Elisa Longo Borghini attack on the approach into Bergamo before finishing ninth in a reduced bunch sprint to the line.

Here’s what she had to say at the finish…

“I was really looking for this stage. The final climb in Bergamo is a magical climb and the final climb of Lombardia, a race that I would love to see soon in the women’s schedule. I hope one day to do this race and climb this finale again. And maybe next time dropping the other riders and not having Vos with me [she smiled].”

“Today I had the best support from the team. I had a train of champions working for me to prepare the attack in the finale. I really wanted to bring them a victory to pay back this effort.

“I was not really lucky to have Marianne and Garcia with me. Maybe without Garcia, Vos and I would have had more freedom. Of course, Marianne had her tactics, she just followed, and she played it right for herself. I had many eyes on me and that is part of the game.”

“I like to race aggressive and give a show for the fans. That’s my way to race. I did my best and we have to accept the results and look forward. Of course I am disappointed because I really wanted to win the stage today. The Giro is not finished, so let’s see what we can get in the last stages.”

“I am happy, my Giro has been good so far with only one bad day in the heat.”