Rouleur predicts... Giro Rosa stage 8
Everything to play for now as crash takes out race favourites in Maddaloni
Stage 8 Castelnuovo della Daunia - San Marco la Catola (91.5km)
Kasia Niewiadoma (Canyon-SRAM) The unpredictability of cycling is certainly one of the reasons we all love it so much. It also causes a lot of the pain we feel, like the race-altering crash we had on stage 7. Luckily everyone walked away from it, though perhaps not unscathed. Now a stage like today, that looked like it would have a pretty predictable winner, will turn into a much more open race. Judging by Kasia Niewiadoma’s performance on the climb and final descent on stage 7, she certainly has the skills and determination to make her own opportunities and take that stage win she has been so close to all race.
Kasia Niewiadoma (Canyon-SRAM) It is obviously a real shame that reigning champion (of GC and QoM) Van Vleuten leaves the race as she has, but the silver lining - not for Annemiek - is the reintroduction of uncertainty as the peloton heads into the mountains. Unlike some others, Kasia Niewiadoma seems to be getting stronger as the race goes on and I’m hoping she claims a win that will dispel the conflicted feelings of how she has taken the leader’s jersey.
If you think Hannah Walker is just swanning around having a lovely time in Italy, watch this. A frantic day at the Giro Rosa with Ceratizit-WNT