The Giro d'Italia Donne so far: Gallery

Sean Hardy has been capturing the drama from the Giro d'Italia Donne where after just four stages Anna van der Breggen and her SD Worx team have dominated the GC.

The opening few stages of the 32nd edition of the Giro d’Italia Donne seem to have decided the race already. The first, a 27km team time trial from Fossano to Cuneo won by Trek-Segafredo caused race-defining time gaps to form straight away, putting FDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope in particular on the back foot. The French team had the worst of luck on the first day, with leader Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig crashing. 

Stage 2 was another race-splitting stage, finishing on a category one climb up to Prato Nevoso wherein SD Worx didn’t so much stamp their mark as trample all over the stage and the GC. Anna van der Breggen took the win, followed by teammate Ashleigh Moolman Pasio with Demi Vollering rounding off a full SD Worx podium. Van der Breggen’s barnstorming climb put her into the GC lead by 1:26, the nearest non-SD Worx rider was Lizzie Deignan at 3:31

Stage 3 was one for the breakaway, and it wasn’t just any breakaway. The move of the day contained Lucinda Brand, Liane Lippert, Elise Chabbey, and none other than Marianne Vos. It was a wet ride between Casale Monferrato and Ovada, with a few slips and slides along the way including for Chabbey. The break came to the line with over two minutes on the main group. The greatest rider of all time, Vos, did her thing to take her 29th Giro Donne stage win. 

Stage 4's mountain time trial would have been a looming prospect for any rider not suited to the terrain. The 11km road up to Cascate Del Toce — a stunning waterfall at the top of a mountain — belonged to Grace Brown for most of the day, before the higher-placed GC riders came through. Demi Vollering toppled the Australian’s time of 26:14 by eleven seconds before Van der Breggen blew it all out of the water by posting a 24:57. The World Champion’s ride took her GC lead to 2:51 over Moolman Pasio and saw lower-ranked riders fall foul of the time limit as a result.

Below are some pictures from photographer Sean Hardy, who has been embedded with Ceratizit–WNT Pro Cycling, that capture the race so far.

Related – Giro d'Italia Donne Guide

Stage three saw riders crossing the line drenched and dirty.
A young fan on the hunt for signatures. The Giro Donne and the Giro d'Italia are completely separate events, but that doesn't stop a merchandise van from following the race around to flog Giro d'Italia-branded wares.
A Rider from Born to Win G20 Ambedo chases on the descent.
Lucinda Brand spent stage three in the breakaway, eventually coming second to Marianne Vos. 
Bring your doggo to work day: Maria Guilia Confalonieri of Ceratizit-WNT introduces team staff to her furry friend. 
Now with 29 Giro Donne stage wins and 234 career road wins, Marianne Vos knows how to do this by now. does Anna van der Breggen.
Tibco-SVB's Diana Peñuela looks happy with the results.
Double trouble: Anna van der Breggen in the Maglia Rosa and heir apparent, Demi Vollering, who is looking after the points jersey for her team leader.
Team Tibco-SVB waiting to get into the back of a trailer full of ladders, presumably there is a podium on the other side...
Bepink at the podium presentation, they are one of seven Italian-registered Continental tams at the race. 
Liv Racing's fast-finisher Sofia Bertizzolo talking on her invisible phone.
A soggy peloton including FDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope's Brodie Chapman bearing the wounds of an earlier crash. The house in the background is for sale if anyone wants to relocate to a nondescript Italian town.
Tibco-SVB's breakthrough star, Kristen Faulkner, probably doing some high-flying Silicon Valley-related work, or maybe just scrolling Instagram. 
German champion Lisa Brennauer knows that safety is paramount in the team bus.

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