The Women’s Giro d’Italia opened with an evening prologue of 2.5km in Scarperia, just outside of Florence. The women of Cerv?lo TestTeam had a very successful start to the stage race, taking the top two podium spots: Kirsten Wild won the leader’s jersey, and Kristin Armstrong was close behind in second place.
"It was a short prologue today of 2.5 km," said Sports Director Manel Lacambra. "Kirsten and Kristen did a perfect job. It was very important for us to be well positioned going into the first stage ahead of the other good climbers. We know that this is just the start of what may be the hardest [Women’s] Giro d’Italia in 20 years, but the base is set for a good competition now. We have the best riders and the best equipment, so we are ready for the other stages."
"It was very competitive, even though it was only over a distance of 2.5 km and the course was almost flat," said Kirsten Wild. "We are all very happy with two podium spots and we are looking forward to the next stage."
1st Kirsten Wild 0.03.06 48.39 km/h
2nd Kristin Armstrong +0.04
3rd Linda Villumsen Serup s.t.
4th Ina Yoko Teutenberg +0.05
5th Charlotte Becker s.t.