Marianne Vos Makes It 32 Stages of the Giro Donne

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How the Race Finished 

Marianne Vos (Jumbo-Visma) took her 32nd stage of the Giro Donne after an aggressive day of racing, winning a reduced bunch sprint ahead of Lotte Kopecky (SD Worx) and Silvia Persico (Valcar – Travel & Service). Vos was part of a trio that gapped the main group on the final climb, but with Mavi Garcia, second place on the GC, with them, van Vleuten dragged back the group to defend her pink jersey. In the sprint, it was Kopecky and Vos who sprinted side-by-side, but it was Vos who came out on top – or the thirty-second time in her illustrious career. 

The Main Action 

The sixth stage of the Giro Donne started with hilly circuits around Sarnico, with four sharp ascents of San Pantaleone, before heading to Sarnico. The notable action of the opening half of the stage was the fight for the Queen of the Mountains points; Elise Chabbey (Canyon//SRAM) was clearly targeting the jersey, taking the first, second and third summits of San Pantaleone first. Mavi Garcia made a brief defence of her jersey, but was more focused on maintaining her GC position – given that she is now one of only two riders who look to be in a position to seriously challenge the Maglia Rosa, Annemiek van Vleuten. 

It was Francesca Pisciali (Team Mendelspeck) who, with 54km to go, was the first to attack,  making a brief attempt to go it alone; she managed a gap of 14 seconds on the peloton, but within the next six kilometres, she was caught by the peloton. As they headed up San Pantaleone for the fourth time, Elise Chabbey was at the front, sweeping up yet more points, but it was Lucinda Brand who used it to make a move, attacking on the descent. She gapped those behind her on the descent, but she was caught on the flat by a now-reduced peloton. 

Alessia Vigilia (Top Girls Fassa Bortolo) was the next to attack; Marketa Hajkova (Bepink) and Eukene Larrarte (Bizkaia Durango) then set off in pursuit. With 30km to go, Vigilia had over a minute on the peloton, with Hajkova and Larrarte twenty seconds behind, but unable to get closer. On the fifth and final ascent of San Pantaleone, Hajkova dropped Larrarte, starting to make more of an inroad on Vigilia. 

Van Vleuten led the peloton up the final climb; it was then Marianne Vos’s turn to attack on the descent, pursued by Consonni and Balsamo. As the attack failed, and the small group slowed, waiting for the others to join them, Juliette Labous (Team DSM) attacked, joined by Kristen Faulkner (BikeExchange), Anouska Koster (Jumbo-Visma), and Niamh Fisher-Black (SD Worx). It was FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine who closed it down, with the Norwegian champion Cecile Uttrup Ludwig coming to the front of the peloton. A few more attacks followed, but as they approached 20km to go, and the final climb of the day, there was a brief lull in the pace. 

It didn’t last long: Victoire Berteau (Cofidis) attacked, gaining nearly a minute with under 15km to go. Giorgia Bariani (Top Girls Fassa Bortolo) made an attempt at chasing across, but couldn’t bridge; Jumbo-Visma was lined out on the front of the peloton behind; and Berteau was swiftly caught on the climb. 

It was then time for fireworks on this final, cobbled climb. Lucinda Brand (Trek-Segafredo) lead the climb, with Marianne Vos just behind; their pace fractured the group. A crash from a Canyon//SRAM rider caused splits, with the Maglia Rosa, Annemiek van Vleuten, caught behind. Elisa Longo Borghini then took the moment to attack, with only Vos and Mavi Garcia able to follow. The trio were fully committed on the descent, with Garcia trying to take advantage of van Vleuten being caught behind. For a few minutes, it seemed a possibility that Garcia might make inroads, but van Vleuten bridged back across, dragging a group behind her, and the stage came down to a reduced bunch sprint – won by Marianne Vos. 

Results 

The top three in the general classification remains unchanged: van Vleuten, Garcia and Marta Cavalli. With her second stage victory, Vos moves into the Maglia Ciclamino, ahead of Elisa Balsamo. Elise Chabbey, after determinedly targeting every QoM today, moves into the lead of the mountains classification. Niamh Fisher-Black (SD Worx) continues to lead the youth classification. 

 

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