In the first challenge between the athletes aiming for the pink jersey, Silvia Persico sends a good signal by winning fourth place in the demanding stage of the Giro Donne. She is now ninth in the overall standings.

In the first real challenge between the athletes aiming for the general, Silvia Persico sends a good signal by conquering a fourth place in the demanding section of the Giro Donne, the Cesena – Cesena of 120 km.

If no one was able to hinder the ride of Annemiek Van Vlauten, Mavi Garcia and Marta Cavalli, the 24-year-old from Cene marked the pace in the first chasing squad, then adjusted it in the sprint and climbed the general classification up to ninth place.

“I’m happy, I started with the idea of ​​doing well and trying to win. Unfortunately, I could not keep up with the top three, who attacked very strongly, but in the end, an important placement arrived ».

A placement, the best in the history of Valcar – Travel & Service at the Giro Donne together with the fourth place of Marta Cavalli in Maddaloni in 2020, which projects it to ninth place in the overall, but in a very short ranking that sees enclosed in 29 “six athletes: ranging from Elisa Longo Borghini, fourth, to Silvia Persico, ninth.

«After Olivia Baril retired, we decided that I would be the one to make the standings. And this stage gives me confidence in what I can do, starting from the Bergamo fraction on Wednesday: I, Chiara Consonni and the whole team are very keen on that goal ».

Chiara Consonni who will be the protagonist already in the fraction of tomorrow, which will bring the group from Carpi to Reggio Emilia (126 km).

«Net of the chronological prologue, in the three stages we have always had a girl in the top 10. Tomorrow the stage will probably end in the sprint; therefore we will all work together to put Chiara in the best condition ».