Équipe Paule Ka (Italy) - Press Release: At 170km in length, stage four covered a distance 10 km longer than the recommended UCI maximum for Women’s WorldTour stages. After the start in Assisi, the first 70km of the race was fairly flat before the riders took on a category 3 climb in Arrone which featured some steep ramps with gradients of up to 12 per cent. Afterwards, the route continued rising continuously towards the finish line in Tivoli. Altogether 2,200m of climbing, some cobbled sections, and a narrow uphill finish had to be contested, which made for a tough day out in the saddle.
After 80km of racing, Lizzy Banks was able to form a breakaway with another rider and the duo carved out a maximum advantage of almost six minutes to the peloton. With one kilometre remaining, our British rider launched a decisive attack and in the end she was rewarded with the win, a great achievement in a world-class field at this year’s Giro Rosa. Her win today is her second at the prestigious Italian stage race, after she became a Giro stage winner at last year’s edition of the race. Her teammate Mikayla Harvey also took 11th place and with that, retained the young rider's jersey.