|Shara Gillow is the new leader of the Giro Donne|
Kapusta misjudged, however, and when the end was within sight she didn't have the reserves left to take on Gillow and Laws who fought all the way to the line, with the 28-year-old Queenslander finding enough left over to fuel one last thrust. Laws responded, but she was just beaten - closely enough that she was awarded the same time as first place.
Kapusta came in 10 seconds later, looking exhausted, and she had evidently wanted first today must be feeling proud of an heroic effort. Marianne Vos, our tip for the top today, managed tenth place in the end despite a sprint finish that should have suited her well and so will now hand the pink leader's jersey over to Gillow. The 23-year-old Queenslander was one of the less well-known names on the women's racing circuit but has become a formidable presence, winning the Oceania Road Race Championships and Australian National Time Trial. Let's hope she doesn't value anonymity, because when a rider makes an impact like she has so far this year the world will take notice.
1. Shara Gillow (Australia) Bizkaia-Durango 2h3’48”
2. Sharon Laws (UK) Garmin-Cervélo same time
3. Sylwia Kapusta (Poland) Gauss-RDZ-Ormu +10s
4. Christel Ferrier-Bruneau (France) Gauss-RDZ-Ormu +46s
5. Grace Verbeke (Belgium) Topsport Vlaanderen 2012-Ridley +48”
6. Andrea Dvorak (USA) Colavita-Forno d’Asolo +57”
7. Ina Teutenberg (Germany) HTC-Highroad +1’06”
8. Valentina Scandolara (Italy) Gauss-RDZ-Ormu +1’09”
9. Linda Villumsen (New Zealand) AA Drink-Leontien +1’32”
10. Marianne Vos (Netherlands) Nederland Bloeit +3’18”
1. Shara Gillow 4h49'35"
2. Sharon Laws +04"
3. Sylwia Kapusta +16 "
4. Christel Ferrier-Bruneau +56"
5. Grace Verbeke +58"
6. Ina Teutenberg +1'10"
7. Andrea Dvorak +1'30"
8. Linda Villumsen +1'42"
9. Valentina Scandolara +1'50"
10. Marianne Vos +3'17"