Twenty Highlights from the 2013 Cycling Season
13. Giorgia Bronzini’s Six Consecutive Stage Wins at the Route de France
The eight-stage Route de France was held in early August and featured a prologue ITT, six flat stages and then a hillier seventh stage to finish. After Orica-AIS’s Swedish leader Emma Johannsson won the prologue, Wiggle Honda’s former world champion Giorgia Bronzini got to work and won six stages on the trot.
Granted, other big-name sprinters like Kirsten Wild weren’t racing, and neither was Marianne Vos who has a powerful sprint as well, but to win six stages in a row shows more than strength. Bronzini demonstrated remarkable consistency in keeping herself out of trouble every day until making one decisive move.
What’s even more remarkable is that Bronzini spent some of those days working on the front for her GC-contender teammate Linda Villumsen or even riding off the front solo for 10-15km. An incredible effort.