Safely through stage four of the Giro-Rosa as the breakaway stays away

Mon 8 Jul 2019

General classification hopeful Annemiek van Vleuten stayed safe and out of trouble on today’s fourth stage of the Giro-Rosa as a breakaway trio survived to the finish line.

The whole Mitchelton-SCOTT team worked throughout the day to keep the three climbers, Van Vleuten, Amanda Spratt and Lucy Kennedy in a good position and out of trouble before the race heads into the mountains tomorrow.

Fast start

The 100kilometre stage began with a  flurry of attacks, with many riders looking to take their opportunity and breakaway. After 40kilometres of racing complete, the bunch remained in tact and they tackled some lumps and bumps in the terrain.

Three get away

With just over 50kilometres of racing to go, a group of three-riders successfully broke away from the peloton and quickly gained an advantage. With no teams committing to the chase, the leaders, Chiara Perini (BePink),Nadia Quagliotto (Cipollini Team) and Letizia Borghes (Team Vaiano) easily opened up their advantage to over four-minutes and still held on to around a one-minute lead heading into the final few kilometres.

Easy day for the team

With the breakaway staying ahead to the line, behind Van Vleuten and Spratt had to just stay safe and eventually finished towards the front of the main peloton, to remain in the same position overall and in good contention ahead of the modified Gavia stage tomorrow.

Annemiek van Vleuten

“The plan today was to have an easy day and we did, we nailed it. The team was perfect in keeping me well protected, safe and we were happy to see the breakaway go and stay away to the finish.

“Today was a ‘rest’ day for us but tomorrow will certainly not be a rest.”

Lucy Kennedy

“It was a really hectic start, corner after corner after corner but once the break got away it really nulled. The peloton was just waiting for some one to start working, one of the teams with a sprinter but we were surprised that nobody really did.

“In general it was a good day for us, our general classification riders had an easy day, stayed safe and out of trouble and always towards the front so it was a good day all round.”

Giro-Rosa - Stage 4 Results:

1. Letizia Borghesi (Aromitalia Vaiano) 2:29:50
2. Nadia Quagliotto (Ale Cipollini) ST
3. Chiara Perini (BePink) ST
7. Annemiek van Vleuten (Mitchelton-SCOTT) +0:42

General Classification after stage 4 Results:

1. Kasia Niewiadoma (Canyon-SRAM) 8:07:20
2. Cecilie Ludwig Uttrup (Bigla Pro Team) +0:20
3. Marianna Vos (CCC-Liv) +0:25
7. Annemiek van Vleuten (Mitchelton-SCOTT) +0:47

Photos courtesy of Getty Images