Elisa Longo Borghini has never been known as much of a sprinter. The Italian national champion is one of the women’s peloton’s best riders and has taken victories at some of the most prestigious races. Her sprint, however, has been widely regarded as somewhat lacking.
The 30-year-old even jokes about it herself, tweeting earlier this week after she lost out to Grace Brown and Kasia Niewiadoma in a three-up sprint on stage four that she might need to keep up the town sign sprints against her boyfriend – fellow Trek-Segafredo rider Jacopo Mosca.
After her win on the previous day’s summit finish on Black Mountain, Longo Borghini found herself tied on time with race leader Grace Brown, who had hung on for third on the stage. A degree in advanced mathematics appeared to be needed to fathom exactly what separated Brown and Longo Borghini (the answer: average stage placings) but regardless, the onus was on the Trek-Segafredo rider to turn her second place into first on the final stage.
Things weren’t looking good for Longo Borghini and Trek after the first intermediate sprint on stage six when Brown took the sprint and the three bonus seconds after a leadout by stage one winner Clara Copponi. Niewiadoma took second place and two bonus seconds putting her on the same time as Longo Borghini who could not come around her teammate Audrey Cordon Ragot who was leading her out.
After a three-rider breakaway – the only sustained move of the day – consisting of Anne […]