Annemiek van Vleuten: Every year I target the Giro Rosa, after two-years of targeting I have become an 'alien'
Jul 11 2019 12:37 am CET

Annemiek van Vleuten: Every year I target the Giro Rosa, after two-years of targeting I have become an 'alien'
Annemiek van Vleuten: Every year I target the Giro Rosa, after two-years of targeting I have become an 'alien'
Annemiek van Vleuten by Mitchelton-Scott

The leader of the Giro Rosa, Annemiek van Vleuten (Mitchelton-Scott), has taken her second consecutive win in the race by dominating the individual time trial of the sixth stage.

The time trial World Champion completed the 12.1-kilometre long stage in 24 minutes and 31 seconds, 52 seconds faster than her nearest rival, Anna van der Breggen (Boels-Dolmans). The Dutchwoman flew in a pink skinsuit and extended her lead in the General Classification.

"I've worked so hard for this, I've been training with the guys, training at altitude and I'm super prepared with my team," Van Vleuten explained. "It wasn't as long or as brutal as last year so I knew I couldn't take as much time today but to almost take one-minute in 12.1kilometres it is quite a lot.

"Every year I target the Giro, since 2017, I learn new things and I try to take it into the next year and so after two-years of targeting I have become an 'alien' as they now say. We will take it day by day and I will need to stay super focussed until Sunday.

Van Vleuten now sits in the first position of the General Classification at four minutes of 17 seconds of her nearest rivals: Van der Breggen and Kasia Niewiadoma (Canyon-SRAM). "I did a recon of the stages so I know what is coming up and it's not easy, especially the next three-days but my teammates are very strong," she said.

"Amanda Spratt and Lucy Kennedy are really strong uphill and I also have three engines for the flat so I am confident we can do this."








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