Giro d'Italia Femminile: Lucy Garner ninth after stage five sprint

By Sam Drury

Last Updated: 10/07/2014, 16:10 GMT

Lucy Garner  (GIANT - Shimano) pictured during  69th Omloop Het Nieuwsblad  - Picture: Cor Vos/Team Giant-Shimano
Lucy Garner: Recorded a first top ten finish of the Giro Rosa - Picture: Cor Vos/Team Giant-Shimano

Lucy Garner secured her first top ten finish of the Giro Rosa after a sprint finish on stage five on Wednesday.

The Sky Academy Sports Scholar is riding in her first Giro, arguably the biggest race of her career so far, and after a number of stages working for the team and helping team leader Claudia Lichtenberg in her pursuit of the general classification title, stage five gave Garner a chance to show her sprinting prowess.

With the world's top female cyclists for competition, Garner secured a creditable ninth place finish as race leader Marianne Vos won the 118km stage in 2h50'30".

Giant-Shimano team coach Hans Timmermans was encouraged by the young sprinter's performance and backed her to learn from the experience.

“She is still young and will learn a lot from a race like this, and also from racing with Claudia and some of the other older riders from whom she can take lessons from to keep developing and learning where she make small differences like saving energy or staying in position," he told the team's official website.

A further five stages remain before Garner's focus switches to the Commonwealth Games where she will represent England.