Having missed out on the first attack, Johansson initiated the chase. Shelley Olds (TIBCO) and Elisa Longo Borghini (Hitec Products UCK) joined Johansson up the road.
“We went off the front to chase, but Shelley Olds wasn’t riding,” explained McPartland. “It was a huge let down. We had two chasing Van Dijk, and Shelley sitting on the back. In the end, they lost more than we lost because Shelley beat Emma at the finish. She could have been sprinting for the win instead of second place.”
“I told them it was all in,” added Johansson. “That if we didn’t chase hard now, it wasn’t going to happen. Elisa and I gave it a really good try, but it wasn’t enough. We couldn’t do it, and the gap to Ellen grew bigger.”
Anna Barensfeld (United States)
Chantal Blaak (Netherlands)
Rushlee Buchanan (New Zealand)
Jasmin Glaesser (Canada)
Claudia Häusler (Germany)
Nicole Justice (United States)
Joanne Kiesanowski (New Zealand)
Amanda Miller (United States)
Meredith Miller (United States)
Lindsay Myers (United States)
Shelley Olds (United States)
Sam Schneider (United States)
Assuming Tibco won’t be so North American based next year?
“I’m really emotional right now. I was there. I knew that was the time, I knew Vos was going to go and I was on her wheel and I was there,” she said, choking back tears. “Then I flatted and that was it. My race was over.”
“I tried to stay focused to see if maybe [the break] would come back, but I was pretty sure that was the winning move. So it’s devastating to know that you were there in the Olympic Games, but that’s bike racing.”"
Poor, poor Shelley Olds - she was in the final breakaway, until a puncture destroyed her Olympic hopes. Click through for more - devastating for her
One of the things I’m really enjoying about this year’s Giro is that it’s easy as pie to be cheering for all the riders who are winning the stages. Yes, yes, if you know me, you’ll know I’ve got about 500 very favourite riders, but I’m always really happy to see riders do well who’ve come back from a rough couple of years, like Tiffany Cromwell, who won yesterday, with a 107km solo escapade - or who’ve come back from injury, like today’s winner, Shelley Olds.
I’ll tell you more about her, and about the stage, below the jump - but before that, here’s a Tuttobici audio interview with her after the race. And of course, there’ll be video added as we find it, links to photos, blogs, and everything else, in the article and in the comments. And if you’d like to ask questions, or chat about all things women’s cycling, join us down below!"
My race report from Stage 6, Giro Donne 2012 - click through & read it!
Shelley Olds blogs about how it feels to get a spot on the USA Olympic team - and what she’s doing next!