As anticipated, Boels-Dolmans won the Giro Rosa’s stage 1 team time trial Friday in Grado, Italy. With the victory, Canadian Karol-ann Canuel took the overall lead in the 10-stage race.
The powerhouse Dutch team put 16 seconds into second-place finisher Sunweb. Orica-Scott was third, 22 seconds behind in the 11.5km test.
The race continues Saturday with stage 2, a 122.3km race from Zoppola to Mantereale Valcellina. The race includes one categorized climb, but a flat run to the finish should favor sprinters, such as Sunweb’s American star Coryn Rivera.
Full report and results to follow.
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