Trek-Segafredo win the opening team time trial at Giro Donne 2021 for the second year running

Ruth Winder will wear the maglia rosa in stage two after leading the winning squad across the line

Lizzie Deignan and Ruth Winder during the opening TTT of the Giro Donne
(Image credit: Luc Claessen/Getty Images)

Former US road champion Ruth Winder has taken the overall lead of the re-branded Giro Donne after her Trek-Segafredo team won the opening stage team time trial in Cuneo on Friday. 

The American squad won the opening stage time trial of the Giro Rosa last year and repeated the feat despite having issues with uneven pacing. Only when Lizzie Deignan signalled to her rest of the team was the issue solved.

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Owen Rogers is an experienced journalist, covering professional cycling and specialising in women's road racing. He has followed races such as the Women's Tour and Giro d'Italia Donne, live-tweeting from Women's WorldTour events as well as providing race reports, interviews, analysis and news stories. He has also worked for race teams, to provide post race reports and communications.