Lara Gillespie solos to victory in Giro Mediterraneo in Rosa

Lara Gillespie celebrated an emphatic win in the Giro Mediterraneo in Rosa, delivering a stunning solo performance to take the stage from Montefalcione to Torre del Greco. The Irish rider, who turns 23 tomorrow, distanced herself from the peloton after a decisive move on a descent following the second QoM point of the day, finishing nearly two minutes ahead of her nearest competitor. After finishing 2nd the stage before, Gillespie went one better in winning today.

Gillespie’s breakaway came relatively early in the race and she managed to sustain her lead, arriving at the finish with her arms raised in triumph. This marked a significant victory as it also propelled her into the overall lead, donning the leader’s jersey. “Now, with the whole team, we will defend this lead with all our strength until the last,” Gillespie stated, reflecting her commitment to maintaining her position at the forefront of the race.

Her teammate, Federica Venturelli, followed in second place, making it a successful day for the UAE Development team. Yesterday’s winner Gaida Borghesi finished 3rd. Venturelli also secured the white jersey as the leading young rider, while the green mountain jersey went to Elisa Valturini of Bepink Bongioanni.

Gillespie was particularly pleased with her performance, noting, “After the second mountain prize, I attacked and created a gap. It was a long way, but I pushed, putting all the energy I had into my body. I didn’t think I would create such a gap, I am very satisfied.”

The race was not only a physical challenge but also a strategic triumph for Gillespie, whose efforts were praised by Torre del Greco’s mayor, Luigi Mennella. He thanked the participants and spectators for showcasing the city positively, linking sporting success with regional promotion. “We have shown the beautiful face of the city. Sport is competition but also a promotion for the territory. After international cycling, we will host other sporting events that will highlight our area,” Mennella commented.

The Giro Mediterraneo in Rosa now moves to Puglia, with the next stage starting and finishing in Barletta, promising another spectacular day of racing. As the peloton looks forward to the challenges ahead, Gillespie and her team will be aiming to protect their lead in what is shaping up to be a fiercely contested tour.

2024 Giro Mediterraneo in Rosa Stage 2 result

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