JUST hours before her 28th birthday, Canyon-SRAM rider Tiffany Cromwell became the second Australian rider to win a stage of the Giro d’Italia Femminile with her sprint victory in stage four of the Italian tour.
By AMANDA LULHAM – The Daily Telegraph Australia
Cromwell’s win came on the back of fellow Australian Chloe Hosking’s sprint victory for the Wiggle High5 team a day earlier.
Cromwell came home hard to edge out Maria Giulia Confalonieri (Lensworld-Zannata) and Aude Biannic (Poitou-Charentes Futuroscope 86) in the 89.8km stage from Costa Volpino to Lovere.
“It was amazing,” Cromwell said after the stage.
The win is the second Giro d’Italia Femminile stage victory for Cromwell after she won her first back in 2012 in a long solo break.
“It’s really special to add a second Giro Rosa stage win to my palmares,’’ she said.
“It’s a special race and this win is so different to my win in 2012.
“It’s certainly put a smile on my face and as I said before, to have the team believe in me and give me full support to help make it happen means a lot.
“For me personally it’s been a really long time since my last victory so to get it at the Giro Rosa makes it even sweeter and a nice early present before my birthday tomorrow.”
That winning feeling, I’d forgotten how it feels. Couldn’t have done it without my amazing @WMNcycling team & staff. pic.twitter.com/O06TczEic5
— Tiffany Jane (@tiffanycromwell) July 5, 2016
Cromwell’s victory has made no impact on the overall which is still being lead by Evelyn Stevens (Boels Dolmans).
Cromwell is still waiting to hear if she has made the Australian road team, heading to Rio.
The Giro Rosa heads into the mountains for stage five from Grosio to Tirano.
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