Giro Rosa - Annemiek van Vleuten: I'm very proud to wear the pink jersey again
Jul 10 2019 01:53 am CET

Giro Rosa - Annemiek van Vleuten:  I'm very proud to wear the pink jersey again
Giro Rosa - Annemiek van Vleuten:  I'm very proud to wear the pink jersey again
Annemiek van Vleuten by Mitchelton-Scott

Mitchelton-Scott's has taken an impressive victory in the fifth stage of the Giro Rosa. The defending champion crossed the finish line two minutes and 57 seconds ahead of the group of the favourites and took the lead of the overall classification.

In the original set up of the stage, it was supposed to finish in the Passo Gavia, but a landslide forced the organisation to change the plans, but the route was kept challenging for the riders. The course was 87.5 kilometres long and soon after the start, the peloton faced the climb of Fine Salita Corona, where it already started breaking to pieces.

Soon after that descent, Nikola Noskova (Bigla) launched an attack and created a gap of over two minutes with the rest. Shortly after, she was joined by two more riders but their adventure met its finish at the last climb, as Annemiek van Vleuten flew pass them.

The Dutchwoman attacked earlier in the climb and soon built a gap with the rest of the day's contenders, crossing the line almost two minutes ahead of the group that included Lucinda Brand, Kasia Niewiadoma, Soraya Paladin and Anna van der Breggen, among others.

"I'm very happy, after they took the Gavia out I knew it would be harder to take a lot of time," said Van Vleuten. "I knew I needed to attack from the bottom to try and get as much time as possible so it was 10 kilometres of suffering. I'm very proud to wear the pink jersey again, it's my dream to wear pink. It's very special and it is a very big goal of mine to win the Giro-Rosa this year.

"I'm super happy that I could use my legs today, it has been a bit of a waiting game the past days but today finally I could have a go. I can sleep a little relaxed tonight knowing it's some more seconds gained and I know now I have good legs. I just put out a big effort but to finish around three-minutes in front, it's more than expected."



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