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Cycling - 06. July 2012.

Luperini earns another Giro d¹Italia podium for Team Faren Honda!

Luperini earns another Giro d¹Italia podium for Team Faren Honda!

Faren Honda¹s Fabiana Luperini showed her vast experience and strength to
sprint into 3rd position in Stage 7 of the Giro d¹Italia Femminile.

A tough profile ensured that today¹s 128 kilometre stage to Castagnole delle
Lanze would provide riders with one of their last opportunities to challenge
for the Maglia Rosa as the Giro Donne comes to a close on Saturday.
After an aggressive start, 12 riders managed to establish a break on the
peloton at 42 kilometres into the race.

Faren Honda¹s Nicole Cooke was active at the front of the chasing peloton as
she tried to launch team Faren Honda into the break however the peloton had
different ideas as they were reluctant to let the current Olympic Champion
escape from the bunch so easily.

The advantage to the breakaway group slowly decreased as team Rabobank
chased aggressively leading into the penultimate climb at 20 kilometres to
go. It was at this point which current tour leader Marianne Vos (Rabobank)
attacked over the summit of the climb with Emma Johansson (Hitec) and Emma
Pooley (AA Drink) in tow.

Faren Honda¹s Italian superstar Luperini remained composed, keeping her
cards close to her chest as she bridged across to the 3 leaders in a small
select group.

Heading into the final kilometre Luperini, whilst not being a renowned
sprinter, used her years of racing experience to time her sprint to near
perfection as she crossed the line in 3rd position behind hill-sprint
specialists; Marianne Vos & Emma Johansson.

Tomorrow the team will face more forgiving terrain around the city of Varese
where we will most likely see the pure sprinters being given their last
chance to taste victory at this year¹s Giro d¹Italia Femminile.

Stage 7 Results followed by the general classification, post stage 7.

1Marianne Vos (Ned) Stichting Rabo Women Cycling Team3:17:44
2Emma Johansson (Swe) Hitec Products - Mistral Home Cycling Team
3Fabiana Luperini (Ita) Faren Honda Team
4Evelyn Stevens (USA) Team Specialized - Lululemon
5Judith Arndt (Ger) Orica-AIS
6Emma Pooley (GBr) AA Drink - Leontien.nl Cycling Team
7Rasa Leleivyte (Ltu) Vaiano Tepso
8Tatiana Guderzo (Ita) MCipollini Giambenini
9Ashleigh Moolman (RSA) Lotto Belisol Ladies0:00:06
10Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Hitec Products - Mistral Home Cycling Team

1Marianne Vos (Ned) Stichting Rabo Women Cycling Team19:20:41
2Evelyn Stevens (USA) Team Specialized - Lululemon0:01:54
3Emma Pooley (GBr) AA Drink - Leontien.nl Cycling Team0:02:30
4Fabiana Luperini (Ita) Faren Honda Team0:03:03
5Tatiana Guderzo (Ita) MCipollini Giambenini0:04:24
6Claudia Hausler (Ger) Orica-AIS0:04:37
7Judith Arndt (Ger) Orica-AIS0:04:41
8Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Hitec Products - Mistral Home Cycling
9Ashleigh Moolman (RSA) Lotto Belisol Ladies0:05:36
10Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) Orica-AIS
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