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Trofeo Ponente in Rosa – Double shot by Jolanda Neff

Thanks to an attack born 30 km from the finish line, the Olympic mtb champion of Tokyo 2021 fell alone at the finish line of the third stage and thanks to the advantage she also wears the leader's jersey.

Jolanda Neff wins Trofeo Ponente on the road in pink
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Double blow by Jolanda Neff in Laigueglia. Thanks to an attack born 30 km from the finish line, the Olympic mtb champion of Tokyo 2021 fell alone at the finish line of the third stage of the Trofeo Ponente in Rosa: thanks to the advantage of 33" accumulated against her closest pursuers, including the pink jersey Carlotta Cipressi, the Swiss is the new leader of the international stage race organized by the Loabikers of patron Piernicola Pesce.

Source: FCI press release

THE STAGE - After the start from Ceriale and the flying finish line in Villanova d'Albenga, won by the Swiss Linda Zanetti (UAE Development Team), the stage got underway at kilometer 63, when Jolanda Neff (Switzerland), Lena Gerault (Chambery) and Olha Kulynych (Ukraine) escaped from the peloton. There were still 33 km to the finish line, but the trio, also taking advantage of the Testico ramps, managed to gain a margin of 50” over a group of eight athletes made up of Urska Pintar (BTC Ljubljana), Yanina Kuskova (Uzbekistan), Alessia Vigilia (Top Girls Fassa Bortolo), Sina Frei (other Switzerland of Cross country), Quinty Schoens (Parhotel Valkenburg), Sara Casasola (Born To Win – Zhiraf), Federica Piergiovanni and the leader Carlotta Cipressi, both from the UAE Development Team.

Downhill here is the masterpiece of the Swiss, capable of making the void behind her and, also managing a chain jump 6 km from the finish line which cost her about twenty seconds, arriving alone at the finish line in Corso Badarò. Places of honor for Alessia Vigilia, second, and Federica Piergiovanni, third and became the best young rider in the race.

Ponente in Rosa Trophy 2023

«I knew I could earn something both downhill and uphill and so it was». explained Jolanda Neff at the finish line. «I pushed to the last minute because I wanted this shirt which I hope to defend until Saturday: it would be the best way to thank the Swiss national team for the opportunity and to launch into the cross country season.and".

Tomorrow the stage from San Bartolomeo a Mare to Diano Marina will start at 13,00. Compared to what was previously announced, the route has been slightly changed in the central part. The stage will take place over a distance of 88,6 km.

The sweaters

Pink jersey – general classification: Jolanda Neff (Switzerland)
Fuchsia jersey – points classification: Jolanda Neff (Switzerland)
Blue jersey – GPM standings: Jolanda Neff (Switzerland)
Yellow jersey – intermediate sprints: Linda Zanetti (UAE Development Team) White jersey – best young rider: Federica Piergiovanni (UAE Development Team)

Ranking 3rd stage Trofeo Ponente in Rosa

1. Jolanda Neff (Switzerland), km 96 in 2:23:57, average speed 40,43 km/h 2. Alessia Vigilia (Top Girls – Fassa Bortolo) 0:33
3. Federica Piergiovanni (UAE Development Team)
4. Sina Frei (Switzerland)
5. Urska Pintar (BTC City Ljubljana Scott) 6. Olha Kulynyc (Ukraine)
7. Sara Casasola (Born to Win G20)
8. Yanina Kuskova (Uzbekistan)
9. Carlotta Cipressi (UAE Development Team) 10. Quinty Schoens (Parkhotel Valkenburg)

General Classification

1. Jolanda Neff (Switzerland) in 2:46:57
2. Federica Piergiovanni (UAE Development Team) 0:01
3. Carlotta Cipressi (UAE Development Team) 4. Yanina Kuskova (Uzbekistan) 0:21
5. Sina Frei (Switzerland) 0:33
6. Quinty Schoens (Parkhotel Valkenburg)
7. Alessia Vigilia (Top Girls – Fassa Bortolo) 0:48
8. Anastasia Carbonari (UAE Development Team) 1:31 9. Francesca Pellegrini (UAE Development Team)
10. Linda Zanetti (UAE Development Team)



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