10th place for Van Vleuten on stage 6 Giro Rosa to remain in 3rd place overallWed 5 Jul 2017
Two-time stage winner of the Giro Rosa, Annemiek van Vleuten, sprinted to 10th place on today’s stage six to remain in third place overall.
The stage concluded with a reduced bunch sprint won by Lotta Lepisto (Cervelo-Bigla) with Van Vleuten crossing the line in tenth position, just three seconds behind the winner with further time gaps behind in the bunch.
“It was a pretty uneventful day which we were hoping for,” said sport director Gene Bates. “We stayed safe which was the main thing."
“We got Annemiek and Amanda Spratt through safely and now we can get ready for the final stages. It is going to be a really tough final four days and the girls are looking forward to getting stuck in.”
Having already won two stages and been working hard to force breakaway’s on the hiller stages, Van Vleuten has collected many Queen of the mountains points to subsequently lead the mountains classification.
“The mountains jersey isn’t something we are chasing but inevitably we want to hit the climbs hard so she could be picking up points easily,” Bates continued. “If she does keep the jersey all the way to the finish then that is great but it isn’t something we are actively targeting.”
How it happened:
Today’s stage six at the Giro Rosa appeared to be a fairly flat stage raced over laps, with each circuit including a short climb just five kilometres from the finish passage.
For the first hour of racing the average speed was 40.2kilometres per hour but with no attacks able to stick.
Riders continued to try and breakaway often hovering just 10 to 15seconds ahead of the bunch before being quickly swallowed up again.
Sarah Roy and Alex Manly suffered a fall during the stage but thankfully were both able to quickly get back on their bikes and continued riding as the peloton entered the final lap with 27kilometres remaining.
During the final lap, three riders chose the perfect moment to attack and were finally able to breakaway, riding out to a 40second advantage.
In the end the stage finished with a reduced bunch sprint and some time splits in the peloton with the first nine riders sprinting for victory. Van Vleuten crossed the line three seconds behind but stays in third spot overall with Spratt in fifth.
Giro Rosa stage 6 result:
1. Lotta Lepisto (Cervelo-Bigla) 2:50:36
2. Coryn Rivera (Team Sunweb) ST
3. Georgia Bronzini (Wiggle-High5) ST
10. Annemiek van Vleuten (ORICA-SCOTT) +0:03
General classification after stage 6:
1. Anna van der Breggen (Boels-Dolmans) 11:53
2. Elisa Longo-Borghini (Wiggle-High5) +1:03
3. Annemiek van Vleuten (ORICA-SCOTT) +1:39
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