Late last night, Italian Valentina Rocca finished the 2019 Italy Divide as the first female with a time of 5 days, 10 hours and 55 minutes. Here’s her moment of arrival captured by the organisers:
Valentina was followed seven hours later by Briton Philippa Battye, coming in as second female with a time of 5 days, 17 hours and 37 minutes. Chapeau to both.
And in a moving statement echoing James’s comments, Sofiane had this to say of their joint finish:
Riders are now finishing thick and fast, with 20 competitors over the line – including long-time leader Jay Petervary, who still managed a top 10 placement despite his potentially race-ending mechanical trouble.
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Don't fret the blue dot going 100km/h. I got a ride and am fine. Out of nowhere the ship almost sank. After exhausting other options I almost gave up and then out of nowhere a bag full of random hardware was brought to me. The situation does change the direction I was going but it will not prevent me from doing what I think is one of THE most important things - finishing! I will walk away with lessons learned, even an evaluation of my own thoughts and attitude, as it floored me with emotions, disappointment and sadness when a really fun strategic game that I thought I had some good control over was all of a sudden over. I wonder how many cafes and pizzas I can eat before I finish!? At this point I think its going to be a lot as I go into tour mode starting back up in the AM. #italydivide19 #RideForward