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Marianne Vos takes 30th Giro stage victory


Marianne Vos (Jumbo Visma Women) has won the seventh  stage of the Giro Donne. On the 110 km-long route from Soprazzocco di Gavardo to Puegnago del Garda, in the province of Brescia, on an undulating parcours consisting of a circuit that was repeated five times, the Dutch rider took her 30th win at the Giro, ahead of Elisa Longo Borghini (Trek-Segafredo) and Anna van der Breggen (Team SDWorx). Van der Breggen also today confirmed her lead in the general classification.

After initial attacks by Matilde Vitillo of Bepink and Riejanne Markus of Jumbo Visma, Lucinda Brand of Trek-Segafredo tried her luck to attack. Five counterattackers Alexis Ryan (Canyon//SRAM), Eugénie Duval (FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope), Sofia Bertizzolo (Liv Racing), Leah Thomas (Movistar Team) and Coryn Rivera (Team DSM) then followed in pursuit. Yet this move was eventually neutralised, with a reduced field then taking on the final 20km. A group of around 25 riders then took on the final lap, which saw Marta Bastianell of Alé BTC Ljubljana attempt a solo move with 8km remaining, yet Trek-Segafredo was quick to close the gap and set the pace with Team DSM. Following an attack from Italian champion Elisa Longo Borghini over the final kilometre, Marianne Vos was quick to respond, and ultimately crossed the line first to take her second win of this year’s edition of the race.

Marianne Vos: “It is an incredible victory because I had not in the least thought that it could happen. At the Giro, every day is a new day and you have to be ready to fight. I think my team was really helpful in getting me in the right position and giving me the chance to have the optimal concentration necessary to take the victory. The Giro d’Italia Donne is always special for me, I feel strong and have special sensations racing here.

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