After a stage earmarked for the sprinters, Stage 6 has a whiff of the breakaway about it. It’s a rolling stage with some lumps but nothing particularly massive. If the sprinters teams want to keep the race all together they could give it a go though. After 6 days of racing, it’s likely the GC candidates will be hoping for an easier day and save their powder for another opportunity.
Recent Giro Rosa Winners
2019 – Annemiek van Vleuten
2018 – Annemiek van Vleuten
2017 – Anna van der Breggen
2016 – Megan Guarnier
2015 – Anna van der Breggen
Despite teasing us with a trailer, there’s no live TV coverage of the Giro Rosa still in 2020.
There are highlights shown on the PMG Sport Youtube Channel of each stage. The times vary each day.
Wednesday 16th September
Stage 6 – 15:00 (BST), 16:00 (CEST)
- Ale BTC Ljubljana
- Aromitalia Vaiano
- Bizkaia Durango
- Canyon SRAM
- Cronos Casa Dorada
- Paule Ka
- FDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope
- Lotto Soudal Ladies
- Lviv Cycling
- Servetto-Piumate-Beltrami TSA
- Team Sunweb
- Top Girls Fassa Bortolo
Women’s Giro Rosa 2020 Stage 6 Profile
Women’s Giro Rosa 2020 Stage 6 Favourites
With tipping the breakaway, I get to shoot a dart here at riders who might attempt something. For a list of sprinters who will contend the stage, then Stage 5’s preview will ring true still.
So looking for strong riders who’ve lost a lot of time on GC. Audrey Cordon-Ragot is a good starting point. She’s in 110th place of 117 riders still in the race. She was having a great Tour de l’Ardeche with a stage win and 2nd place before having to pull out of the race. There’s a chance she’s still not fully recovered. Her teammate Lizzie Deignan is another in the same boat. She’s 49th overall, 17 minutes down but surely the peloton wouldn’t allow her to disappear all day.
Brit Elizabeth Holden escaped the peloton on a similar stage of Setmana Ciclista Valenciana. She finished 2nd in a head to head sprint against breakaway companion Lizbeth Salazar. More recently she was 6th in La Perigord with a slightly bigger break. She’s 35 minutes down on GC leader, Annemiek van Vleuten.
I’d love for Lone Meertens to breakaway after the way she animated parts of Le Samyn earlier in the year. She’s got a similar gap to the pink jersey. 1 place ahead of her is Aude Biannic who is stronger than her GC placing suggests. 15th and 16th in GP de Plouay and La Course show the sort of company she’s usually in. Mitchelton’s Sarah Roy is another I’d love to see go up the road but she’ll probably be firmly on guard duty for the race leader.
Canyon’s Lisa Klein is 21 minutes down on GC. This is the sort of stage they’ll be looking to get something from. As the worst placed member of the team, she might be given free-reign. BePink’s Silvia Valsecchi has been off the front before and also taking some of the intermediate sprint points. It’s the same story with Valcar’s Vittoria Guazzini.
Sunweb’s Floortje Mackaij has quietly got herself up to 25th in GC but is still 11 minutes behind Van Vleuten. She’s often an escaper extraordinaire but won’t be given a huge leash by the peloton. Casa Dorada’s Malgorzata Jasinska has attacked in the race already, that team has been quiet on their major race debut. Ale BTC Ljubljana have said they were trying to get Tatiana Guderzo into the break on Stage 4, she’s obviously got the chance to do that again on this stage.
Finally, it’d be interesting to see if FDJ’s Brodie Chapman goes on a stage hunt. It feels like a lifetime ago when she was trying to hold off the peloton during the Tour Down Under at the start of 2020. She finds herself 36th, nearly 15 minutes down on GC.
Complete dart throw today, hopefully at least 1 of these riders makes the break!