Van Vleuten sneaks 2nd place on the 2nd stage of the Giro-Rosa to move up on GC & gain some timeSat 6 Jul 2019
Last year’s winner Annemiek van Vleuten took second place on today’s short stage of the Giro-Rosa, gaining six-bonus seconds on the line to move up a seventh places overall, with teammate Amanda Spratt close behind in sixth spot on the stage.
The final kilometre was uphill and technical with Marianna Vos (CCC-Liv) starting the sprint early, through the final corner to claim the stage win with Kasia Niewiadoma (Canyon-SRAM) maintaining her overall lead in the race by 43seconds over Van Vleuten after two-days of racing.
Short and intense
The stage was a short 78kilometres and began with a climb coming after just 12kilometres and with a high pace set it saw some riders drop causing the main bunch to reduce early.
Many riders tried to get away into the day’s break but it wasn’t until 40kilometres remaining when two-riders, Romy Kasper (Cipollini Team) and Kelly van den Steen (Lotto-Soudal), managed to escape. The duo increased their advantage out to two and a half minutes with their advantage only starting to come down inside 20kilometres to go.
Pressure on the final climb
As the duo headed closer and closer towards the finish line, teams began to feel the danger and started a hard chase with the two-leaders finally caught with just five-kilometres remaining.
Tthe road climbed up and Lucy Kennedy launched an attack in an attempt to reduce the bunch even further with three-kilometres to go and successfully opened up a 20second gap alongwith Julie vid Verde (Lotto-Soudal) for company.
Their attempt didn't last long and as soon as Kennedy was caught with just one-kilometre to go it was set for a fast and messy strung out uphill sprint. Van Vleuten passed riders all the way to the line to take second place on the stage and grab six-bonus seconds, with Spratt close behind in sixth place as the Mitchelton-SCOTT pair move up a few places overall.
Annemiek van Vleuten
“It was a hot stage and a typical Italian finish with a corner in the last 50metres, very narrow and a bit uphill. It was really good that Lucy attacked with three-kilometres to go when it started climbing, that was actually the plan to try and set it up for a win for Spratty. She did so well and immediately had a gap so the others had to work and not me or Spratty which was perfect.
"With one-kilometre to go, it was all back together and me and Spratt tried to stick together. I then got boxed in and went in front of her then she didn’t come out of my wheel anymore. Vos went so I followed her.
“in the last 300metres I took over Lucinda Brand, I think she was just in front so I think it is good to get some bonus seconds today and not give those seconds to other riders.
"I am happy and also because I wasn’t focused for the win today so I think it shows good legs and on an uphill finish.”
Giro-rosa - Stage 2 Results:
1. Marianna Vos (CCC-Liv) 2:15:56
2. Annemiek van Vleuten (Mitchelton-SCOTT) ST
3. Lucinda Brand (Team Sunweb) ST
General Classification after stage 2:
1. Kasia Niewiadoma (Canyon-SRAM) 2:47:34
2. Omar Shapira (Canyon-SRAM) +0:12
3. Alena Amialuisik (Canyon-SRAM) +0:19
7. Annemiek van Vleuten (Mitchelton-SCOTT) +0:43
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