Carmen Small of Durango sits in 92nd place overall heading into the final weekend of the Giro Rosa, after placing as high as fourth in a single stage of the 10-day event.
Small, riding for the Specialized lululemon team, was fourth Sunday in a finishing sprint during the second stage of the 25th annual race that tours Italy and features the world’s elite pro women.
The race will conclude with a 56-mile stage Saturday and a 50-mile stage Sunday that will begin near Milan and will end with an uphill finish in Madonna del Ghisallo.
On a Monday entry on her website after the third stage, Small noted how hot it was during the race.
“(Monday) I cracked big time in the heat,” she said. “I have never overheated so bad racing my bike.”
On Tuesday’s fourth stage, Small had a minor crash.
“Ouch. Hit the deck 2km to go,” Small said on Twitter. “Good thing Italian roads are slick, hardly any road rash. :) try again (Wednesday).”
After placing 84th on Friday’s seventh stage, Small moved up six places to 92nd overall out of 141 women remaining in the race.
The leader by 54 seconds after the seventh stage is Marianne Vos of the Netherlands. The top American is Mara Abbott, the four-time Iron Horse Bicycle Classic road race champion riding for United HealthCare. Abbott currently is sixth, 3:08 behind Vos.
Small, who earned the bronze medal at the 2013 world championships in the individual time trial, can be followed online at www.carmen-small.com and on Twitter at @smallsunday.