Elisa Longo Borghini has taken the first maglia rosa of the 2024 Giro d’Italia Women with a narrow victory in the opening time trial. The Lidl-Trek rider completed the 15.7km course in Brescia in 20:37 minutes, finishing just one second ahead of vice-world time trial champion Grace Brown. Longo Borghini’s teammate, Brodie Chapman, rounded out the podium, 13 seconds behind the winner.

In the post-race press conference, Longo Borghini expressed her joy and relief: “Being in the maglia rosa means a lot to me because last year I crashed at the Giro and suffered the consequences for the rest of the season. I’ve worked so hard to get back to a high level and for that I have to thank Lidl-Trek for their support. It was a difficult time trial, Grace Brown and I were paired from the start and when I saw that she had come in behind I breathed a sigh of relief. It’s going to be a good week of racing, I don’t want to make any proclamations for now, I’m mainly thinking about enjoying this beautiful maglia rosa.”

Race Recap

The race began with an out-and-back section to the northwest of Brescia, with an intermediate time check at 6.8km. Riders then returned to the city, climbed to the castle, and faced a technical descent before the final run to the finish.

With rain forecasted for the afternoon, many of the general classification favourites opted for early start times. Juliette Labous set an initial benchmark of 21:06 minutes, which Lotte Kopecky bettered by four seconds.

Longo Borghini started shortly after and posted a time 25 seconds faster than Kopecky. Grace Brown finished just one second behind Longo Borghini, ensuring a tense wait for the Italian in the hot seat.

Several riders, including Gaia Realini, Mavi García, and Liane Lippert, struggled to match the top times. Lieke Nooijen finished in exactly 21 minutes, claiming the white U23 jersey.

As rain clouds gathered over Brescia, posting a top time became increasingly challenging. Silke Smulders crashed on the cobbled descent but managed to finish in 21:53 minutes. Despite the showers, Chapman secured third place with a time of 20:50 minutes. When the final rider, Thi That Nguyen, crossed the line, Longo Borghini’s victory and second maglia rosa were confirmed.

The Giro d’Italia Women continues tomorrow with Stage 2 from Sirmione to Volta Mantovana.

2024 Giro d’Italia Women Stage 1 result

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