Giro Donne stage 3 report: Winning ways continue for Wiebes

Annemiek van Vleuten retained her pink jersey, with the day focusing largely on the sprinters.

Lorena Wiebes (SD Worx) wins stage 3 of the 2023 Giro Donne. Photo: © Cor Vos

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by Abby Mickey 02.07.2023 Photography by
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Lorena Wiebes secured her first victory of the 2023 Giro Donne on stage 3 after a hectic final couple of kilometres. The SD Worx team piloted the European champion to the perfect position as the sprint loomed, and in the end, no one could contest the fastest woman in the peloton.

Wiebes’s countrywoman and rival Marianne Vos of Jumbo-Visma finished an easy second with Chloe Dygert (Canyon-SRAM) taking third on the stage.

General classification times were taken with a kilometre to go due to the dangerous nature of the finale, and Annemiek van Vleuten (Movistar) safely rode in to hold onto the pink jersey.

How it happened

Brief stage results

  1. Lorena Wiebes (SD Worx)
  2. Marianne Vos (Jumbo-Visma)
  3. Chloe Dygert (Canyon-SRAM)
  4. Megan Jastrab (DSM-firmenich)
  5. Rachele Barbieri (Liv Racing TeqFind)

GC standings

  1. Annemiek van Vleuten (Movistar)
  2. Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig (FDJ-Suez) +49
  3. Juliette Labous (DSM-firmenich) +51
  4. Elisa Longo Borghini (Lidl-Trek) +55
  5. Ane Santesteban (Jayco-AlUla) “

Notes and analysis

What’s on tap for Stage 4

Day four of the Giro Donne includes three third-category climbs in the back half of the race. The first, Bardi, is 3 km in length and averages 4.8%. The second, which tops out at 27 km to go, is 1.4 km long and 4.9% average gradient. The final climb is the longest at 5 km but the most gradual at only 3.3%.

Those three climbs are not the only hurdles on the map for the riders, however. In classic Giro fashion, there are four uncategorized climbs, three of which are between the first and second of the day. Two are just about a kilometre and a half long, but steeper than the three that earn categorization at 5.6% and 4.7%. The third non-categorized ramp leads directly into the Cat. 3 Passo Montevacà, and at 8.3 km long it essentially makes that middle climb about 9.5 km in length, a steady and unforgiving grind to the highest point of the day.

In short, this stage is rather more complicated than it looks on paper.

It could definitely be a day for the likes of Lidl-Trek and FDJ-Suez to challenge Van Vleuten’s standing overall, as it is deceptively challenging in the run-up to the line. Once the women have passed Strela, the final climb, it’s a 13 km downhill run into the finish in Borgo Val di Taro.

Quote of the day

After a day to forget on stage 2, the top team in women’s cycling continued their winning ways. Wiebes may have taken it, but it was a team effort with SD Worx working overtime to make sure the European champion was safe before the finale.

Wiebes would be an easy woman to work for. It seems like every time a sprint is forecast the Dutchwoman has a better shot than most of crossing the line first. Those odds don’t come without pressure, but Wiebes doesn’t sweat it, she’s doing it for the team not herself, after all.

“Towards the final I always feel the pressure. I have to deliver for the team because the girls work really hard for me, so then I always want to win.”

Lorena Wiebes after the stage

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