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Mikayla Harvey still in the white jersey and fifth overall after Giro Rosa Stage 7

On today’s programme at the Giro Rosa was 112.5km of racing. The first part of the course as relatively uncomplicated, but the second was quite challenging, with the climb to the Sanctuary of San Michele Arcangelo to be repeated twice before the finish in Maddaloni. A small group of riders managed to get away, but the field kept them on a tight leash and so their advantage did not grow to more than a couple of minutes. On the climb, the leading group split, and a soloist broke away, only to be reeled in yet again. In the end a group of 10 to 15 riders prepared to fight it out in a reduced sprint, yet 500m before the finish some riders hit the deck. Eventually Lotte Kopecky prevailed and took the win, while Mikayla Harvey arrived at the finish with the next group. The New Zealand rider remains fifth overall and has consolidated her lead in the white jersey classification, which she leads by 4:24 minutes so far. Teammate Lizzy Banks moves up into tenth in the general classification, while Elise Chabbey has slipped out of the top ten for the time being. Two more stages remain in Italy until the race comes to a close, with Équipe Paule Ka in with a good chance to take the team classification by the race’s conclusion, currently in a tight race with the new classification leaders.



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