After yesterday’s stage for the climbers, today saw a stage that was destined to end in a fast finish, with Team dsm-firmenich’s Megan Jastrab taking a good fourth place at the line after some strong teamwork.
A mostly flat 118 kilometres awaited the peloton on Sunday as they rolled out of Formigine, and despite a sharp climb, the 70 kilometres of flat after it ensured that the day would end in a sprint. Working well as a group, the team protected each other well and kept fast-finisher Jastrab safe throughout the day. The original breakaway of three was caught at around 50 kilometres to go and some more attacks saw a new trio go clear. With the gap reaching one minute and 15 seconds with 20 kilometres to go, the team came to the fore and began to set tempo; reeling in the attackers at eight kilometres to go.
Fighting well as a group the team maintained their position at the head of the peloton before last lead-out rider Franziska Koch took over with two kilometres to go, bringing Jastrab to the front. Unfortunately, the Team dsm-firmenich duo lost each other a bit in the finale, with Jastrab taking a smart line through the final corner, producing a good kick and taking a solid fourth place finish in Modena.