Abbott takes the stage atop Monte Serra

Pooley claims overall lead

A tough mountain stage in the Giro d"Italia Femminile has seen Mara Abbott claim victory for Columbia-HTC. Abbott outsprinted British rider Emma Pooley at the end of the 106-kilometre stage three of the Giro d'Italia Femminile, which started in Calcinaia and finished with a double ascent of the gruelling Monte Serra climb.

The 23-year-old American was delighted about the victory. "It's really exciting. There are so many good riders on this team that even though I felt strong, it was difficult to imagine that I could actually be strong enough to go for the win," Abbott said afterwards.

Abbott initially broke away with Pooley on the first ascent of the 10-kilometre Monte Serra, but came off her bike on the downhill section of the climb. "The descent was very tricky because it had rained and I crashed, although fortunately I wasn't injured. Linda [Villumsen, Columbia-HTC teammate] guided me back up to the front group before we reached the Montesierra again.

"Almost as soon as we did, I got away again with Pooley. Then when [Pooley's teammate Claudia] Hausler got across, I attacked and managed to drop her, which left me and Pooley as stage leaders. Pooley did most of the work, but I couldn't collaborate because I wanted to defend [teammate] Judith Arndt's position on GC. Finally at the summit, I attacked about 800 metres from the top and went for the win."

Now second overall, Abbott was cautiously optimistic about Columbia-HTC's chances of winning, either with her or another rider. "There are some very tough stages coming up, but Judith [Arndt] is still high up on the overall so we've got a lot of options, not just me. But in any case, I'm very pleased about things have worked out today. It was cool!"

1Mara Abbott (USA) Team Columbia HTC Women2:55:32 
2Emma Pooley (GBr) Cervelo TestTeam  
3Claudia Hausler (Ger) Cervelo TestTeam0:00:36 
4Judith Arndt (Ger) Team Columbia HTC Women0:01:24 
5Svetlana Bubnenkova (Rus) Fenixs Edilsavino  
6Carla Ryan (Aus) Cervelo TestTeam0:01:32 
7Edita Pucinskaite (Ltu) Gauss RDZ Ormu - Colnago0:02:00 
8Amber Neben (USA) Equipe Nürnberger Versicherung0:02:05 
9Nicole Brandli (Swi) Bigla Cycling Team0:02:47 
10Fabiana Luperini (Ita) Selle Italia Ghezzi  
11Tatiana Guderzo (Ita) S.C. Michela Fanini Record Rox0:03:40 
12Linda Melanie Villumsen (Den) Team Columbia HTC Women0:04:43 
13Ana Belen Garcia Antequera (Spa) Bizkaia - Durango - Champion System0:05:33 
14Susanne Ljungskog (Swe) Team Flexpoint0:05:38 
15Tatiana Antoshina (Rus) Gauss RDZ Ormu - Colnago0:05:44 
16Elizabeth Armitstead (GBr) Lotto-Belisol Ladiesteam0:05:56 
17Elena Berlato (Ita) Safi - Pasta Zara Titanedi  
18Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) Australia0:06:06 
19Flavia Oliveira (Bra) S.C. Michela Fanini Record Rox0:06:45 
20Olena Oliynik (Ukr) USC Chirio Forno d'Asolo0:07:01 
21Luise Keller (Ger) Team Columbia HTC Women  
22Diana Ziliute (Ltu) Safi - Pasta Zara Titanedi0:07:37 
23Marta Vilajosana Andreu (Spa) Team Cmax Dila'  
24Valentina Carretta (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo Raxy Line0:07:44 
25Shara Gillon (Aus) Australia0:07:58 
26Sigrid Corneo (Slo) Selle Italia Ghezzi0:08:12 
27Kristin Armstrong (USA) Cervelo TestTeam  
28Giuseppina Grassi (Mex) Selle Italia Ghezzi  
29Saneila Biagi (Ita) Team Cmax Dila'0:08:53 
30Iris Slappendel (Ned) Team Flexpoint  
31Alona Andruk (Ukr) Safi - Pasta Zara Titanedi  
32Rosane Kirch (Bra) S.C. Michela Fanini Record Rox0:08:56 
33Noemi Cantele (Ita) Bigla Cycling Team0:09:05 
34Carlee Taylor (Aus) Australia0:10:26 
35Edita Unguryte (Ltu) USC Chirio Forno d'Asolo  
36Clemilda Fernandes Silva (Bra) USC Chirio Forno d'Asolo  
37Monia Baccaille (Ita) S.C. Michela Fanini Record Rox  
38Luisa Tamanini (Ita) Selle Italia Ghezzi0:11:07 
39Kimberly Anderson (USA) Team Columbia HTC Women0:11:09 
40Loes Gunnewijk (Ned) Team Flexpoint0:11:11 
41Karin Aune (Swe) Fenixs Edilsavino0:11:54 
42Amber Halliday (Aus) Australia0:12:50 
43Laura Lorenza Morfin Macouzet (Mex) Fenixs Edilsavino  
44Ariadna Tudel Cuberes (And) Bizkaia - Durango - Champion System0:12:54 
45Anna Van Der Breggen (Ned) Team Flexpoint0:12:58 
46Patricia Schwager (Swi) Cervelo TestTeam0:13:40 
47Alessandra D' Ettorre (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo Raxy Line0:13:56 
48Samantha Galassi (Ita) S.C. Michela Fanini Record Rox0:14:18 
49Trixi Worrack (Ger) Equipe Nürnberger Versicherung0:15:00 
50Suzanne De Goede (Ned) Equipe Nürnberger Versicherung  
51Erika Vilunaite (Ltu) Fenixs Edilsavino0:15:31 
52Uenia Fernades Da Souza (Bra) USC Chirio Forno d'Asolo  
53Jennifer Fiori (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo Raxy Line  
54Charlotte Becker (Ger) Equipe Nürnberger Versicherung0:16:57 
55Jennifer Hohl (Swi) Bigla Cycling Team0:18:30 
56Siobhan Dervan (Irl) Fenixs Edilsavino  
57Catherine Hare Willianson (GBr) Fenixs Edilsavino  
58Vera Koedooder (Ned) Lotto-Belisol Ladiesteam  
59Cristina Alcalde Huertanos (Spa) Bizkaia - Durango - Champion System  
60Katheryn Curi Mattis (USA) US National Team  
61Emma Mackie (Aus) Lotto-Belisol Ladiesteam  
62Kaytee Boyd (NZl) Selle Italia Ghezzi  
63Laura Bozzolo (Ita) Selle Italia Ghezzi  
64Silvia Valsecchi (Ita) Selle Italia Ghezzi  
65Julia Martisova (Rus) Gauss RDZ Ormu - Colnago  
66Giulia Lazzerini (Ita) S.C. Michela Fanini Record Rox0:18:50 
67Tetyana Riabchenko (Ukr) USC Chirio Forno d'Asolo0:19:22 
68Viktoria Vologdina (Ukr) USC Chirio Forno d'Asolo0:19:32 
69Valentina Bastianelli (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo Raxy Line0:20:09 
70Liz Hatch (USA) Team System Data0:20:24 
71Tetyana Mykhaylova (Ukr) USC Chirio Forno d'Asolo0:21:07 
72Francesca Faustini (Ita) Team Cmax Dila'  
73Lisa Racchetto (USA) Team System Data  
74Chiara Vanni (Ita) Team Cmax Dila'  
75Andrea Graus (Aut) Bigla Cycling Team  
76Aleaksandra Lohvinova (Blr) Team System Data  
77Myfanwy Galloway (Aus) Australia  
78Lauren Kitchen (Aus) Australia  
79Trine Schmidt (Den) Team Flexpoint0:24:42 
80Lieselot Decroix (Bel) Cervelo TestTeam  
81Saskia Elemans (Ned) Team Flexpoint  
82Simona Frapporti (Ita) USC Chirio Forno d'Asolo  
83Megan Guarnier (USA) US National Team  
84Ina Yoko Teutenberg (Ger) Team Columbia HTC Women  
85Meredith Miller (USA) US National Team  
86Dorleta Zorrilla Braceras (Spa) Bizkaia - Durango - Champion System  
87Rochelle Gilmore (Aus) Lotto-Belisol Ladiesteam  
88Eleonora Patuzzo (Ita) Safi - Pasta Zara Titanedi  
89Lauren Tamayo (USA) US National Team  
90Linn Torp (Nor) Lotto-Belisol Ladiesteam  
91Monica Holler (Swe) Bigla Cycling Team  
92Modesta Vzesniauskaite (Ltu) Bigla Cycling Team  
93Giorgia Bronzini (Ita) Safi - Pasta Zara Titanedi  
94Eneritz Iturriagaetxebarria Mazaga (Spa) Safi - Pasta Zara Titanedi  
95Alessandra Borchi (Ita) Safi - Pasta Zara Titanedi  
96Regina Schleicher (Ger) Equipe Nürnberger Versicherung  
97Inga Cilvinaite (Ltu) Safi - Pasta Zara Titanedi  
98Alessia Quarta (Ita) Team Cmax Dila'  
99Carly Hibberd (Aus) S.C. Michela Fanini Record Rox  
100Sarah Duster (Ger) Cervelo TestTeam  
101Kirsten Wild (Ned) Cervelo TestTeam  
102Laura Pisaneschi (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo Raxy Line  
103Marlen Johrend (Ger) Equipe Nürnberger Versicherung  
104Alice Donadoni (Ita) Gauss RDZ Ormu - Colnago  
105Martina Corazza (Ita) Gauss RDZ Ormu - Colnago  
106Veronica Andreasson (Swe) Bigla Cycling Team  
107Chiara Rozzini (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo Raxy Line  
108Marta Tagliaferro (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo Raxy Line  
109Emanuela Azzini (Ita) Gauss RDZ Ormu - Colnago  
110Gloria Presti (Ita) Selle Italia Ghezzi  
111Odette Bertolin (Ita) Team System Data  
112Belinda Goss (Aus) Australia  
113Sara Grifi (Ita) S.C. Michela Fanini Record Rox  
114Chloe Hoskings (Aus) Australia  
115Katharine Carroll (USA) US National Team  
116Silvia Tirado Marquez (Spa) Team Cmax Dila'  
117Brooke Miller (USA) US National Team  
118Shelley Olds (USA) US National Team  
119Urte Juodvalkyte (Ltu) Fenixs Edilsavino  
120Chantal Beltman (Ned) Team Columbia HTC Women  
121Bettina Kuhn (Swi) Bigla Cycling Team0:25:07 
122Alena Dylko (Blr) Team System Data0:25:23 
123Diana Zamorano (Spa) Bizkaia - Durango - Champion System  
124Marina Vinnikava (Blr) Team System Data  
125Zaira De Luca (Ita) Team System Data  
126Silvia Trovellesi (Ita) Team System Data  
127Gema Pascual Torrecilla (Spa) Bizkaia - Durango - Champion System  
128Chiara Bortolus (Ita) Gauss RDZ Ormu - Colnago  
129Katherine Bates (Aus) Team Columbia HTC Women0:26:16 
130Tania Belvederesi (Ita) Gauss RDZ Ormu - Colnago0:24:42 
131Mireia Epelde Bikendi (Spa) Bizkaia - Durango - Champion System  
General classification after stage 3
1Emma Pooley (GBr) Cervelo Test Team6:06:15 
2Mara Abbott (USA) Team Columbia Highroad0:01:07 
3Claudia Häusler (Ger) Cervelo Test Team0:01:18 
4Judith Arndt (Ger) Equipe Nürnberger0:01:40 
5Amber Neben (Usa) Team Columbia Highroad0:01:34 
6Svetlana Bubnenkova (Rus) Fenixs Edilsavino0:01:45 
7Edita Pucinskaite (Ltu) Gauss Rdz Ormu Colnago0:02:22 
8Carla Ryan (Aus) Cervelo Test Team0:03:04 
9Nicole Brändli (Sui) Team Bigla0:03:34 
10Fabiana Luperini (Ita) Selle Italia Ghezzi0:04:12 


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