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Chiara Consonni conquers Padua: first victory in the Giro Donne for Valcar – Travel & Service.
Silvia Persico endes seventh in General Classification

By July 11, 2022News

Thanks to a perfect sprint in the tortuous final in Padua, Chiara Consonni wins the tenth and final stage of the Giro
Donne giving Valcar – Travel & Service another striking result of this season and its history. The squad from Bergamo,
infact, had never managed to get on the top step of the podium in the Italian stage race. Taboo broken thanks to the
23-year-old sprinter, who outsprinted top-level athletes like Rachele Barbieri, Emma Norsgaard and the world
champion Elisa Balsamo.
«I cannot describe my feelings. I want to thank all my teammates: we did a great Giro, supported by a stratospheric
team that help us a lot for ten days», said Chiara Consonni, after the first victory of the season in a World Tour race
after three wins in Belgium. «I wasn’t able to finish the Giro in 2020 and in 2021, so I would have already been happy
to arrive in Padua. Getting there by storming to victory is something incredible».
Chiara mocks herself, as usual, but the truth is that she has been hoping in a great result since the sprint in Tortolì,
when ended in fifth position. «In the first stages I didn’t have a great leg speed because I had just returned from
track races and the training camp Livigno; but I knew that my shape could improve day by day; I just had to master
the tough mountains stages».
On the other hand, Silvia Persico exalted herself in the mountains, finishing in seventh place in the general
classification. A great result for the athlete from Cene, who is expressing himself at very high levels this year. The
balance of his Giro boasts the third place in Bergamo, the fourth in Cesena, the seventh in San Lorenzo Dorsino and
the tenths in Aldeno and on the Maniva Pass.
Chiara’s exploits and Silvia’s placement in the GC are two historical results for the blue-fuchsia team, protagonist
almost in every Giro Donne stage.
A Giro that started badly with Olivia Baril retirement, but which saw the other five girls directed by Davide Arzeni
multiply their efforts. A dream team that was able to count on the irreplaceable contribution of Alice Maria Arzuffi,
Anastasia Carbonari and Karolina Kumiega, always alongside Silvia and Persico on every fields.