The last stage of the Tour consecrates the talent of Silvia Persico, who crosses the finish line of La Super Planche des Belles Filles in third position and climbs to fifth place in the overall.
The last stage of the Tour de France Femmes consecrates the talent of Silvia Persico, with the Bergamo-born crossing the finish line at the top of the demanding La Super Planche des Belles Filles in third position.
The classic icing on the cake on an unforgettable edition of the Grande Boucle for the 25-year-old driver from Valcar – Travel & Service. The numbers speak for themselves: second stage podium after second place in Provins, sixth place in the top 10 out of eight fractions, fifth place in the overall and best Italian of the group.
After the small dip on the Grand Ballon in the seventh fraction, one could think that today the legs of the woman from Bergamo could be weighted down; instead, even in the last stage of the Tour de France Femmes Silvia gave a sample of her talent, appearing solid, reliable, strong, so much so that she got out of the way along the last kilometers of the final climb Cecilie Ludwig, Elisa Longo Borghini and, on the last ramp at 18%, Juliette Labous and Katarzyna Niewiadoma.
A third place that allows her to undermine the Danish champion Cecilie Ludwig to fifth place in the general and confirm herself, after seventh place in the Giro Donne (stage race which ended only on 10 July), one of the most consistent athletes in the world.
«And to say that in the first kilometers of the stage the sensations were bad, so much so that I was afraid of frustrating the efforts made in the first seven stages», Silvia confesses. “But then things improved, so much so that I could finish third, gain a position in the overall and, above all, give me one last, wonderful photograph of this Tour de France.”
A Grande Boucle that gave her great moments. But what is the one that the 25-year-old from Bergamo prefers?
“Today’s arrival. Lots of people, a mythical climb, the culmination of a month played at the highest levels and the certainty of having given Valcar – Travel & Service, my second family, something unforgettable: our first Tour de France will be included in the album of best memories of this team ».