Clara Emond takes first ever victory with mammoth solo ride on Giro d'Italia Women stage four

GC contenders Elisa Longo Borghini and Lotte Kopecky duke it out behind, all the way to the line

Clara Emonda wins stage four 2024 Giro d'Italia Women
(Image credit: Getty Images / Luc Claessen)

If you were able to plan the way in which you would take your first ever professional victory, there could well be three boxes you'd like to tick: Solo. Summit. Grand Tour.

Canadian late-starter Clara Emond managed to fulfil every one of those when she took the honours on stage four of the Giro d'Italia Women, after 40km out front alone in the hills.

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After cutting his teeth on local and national newspapers, James began at Cycling Weekly as a sub-editor in 2000 when the current office was literally all fields. 

Eventually becoming chief sub-editor, in 2016 he switched to the job of full-time writer, and covers news, racing and features.

A lifelong cyclist and cycling fan, James's racing days (and most of his fitness) are now behind him. But he still rides regularly, both on the road and on the gravelly stuff.