Giro Rosa: Niewiadoma focused on GC as race heads back into difficult terrain

Hannah Barnes and Kasia Niewiadoma Giro Rosa
Hannah Barnes and Kasia Niewiadoma Giro Rosa (Image credit: Getty Images)

Canyon-SRAM achieved their best stage placing in this year’s Giro Rosa on stage 6 as Hannah Barnes finished runner-up to Marianne Vos (CCC-Liv) in a closely contested sprint. With team leader Katarzyna Niewiadoma second in the general classification ahead of the last three stages, the team focus now turns to defending this position.

Barnes thanked her teammates for their support in the final, leading her out for the sprint.

“It was pretty technical, and we all got together with 10km to go. First, we wanted to make sure we kept Kasia safe until 3km to go. After that, Alena did a great lead-out, she did over 1km on the front. Then Elena came through, they set me up really well," the Briton said.

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Lukas Knöfler started working in cycling communications in 2013 and has seen the inside of the scene from many angles. Having worked as press officer for teams and races and written for several online and print publications, he has been Cyclingnews’ Women’s WorldTour correspondent since 2018.