Jul 03, 2023 at 2:49 PMUpdate: 8 minutes ago
Annemiek van Vleuten took an important step towards the overall victory with a third place in a difficult hill stage in the Giro Donne on Monday. The classification leader had to acknowledge her superior in Elisa Longo Borghini in the sprint.
Van Vleuten finished in the same time as winner Longo Borghini and number two Veronica Ewers. Lorena Wiebes won the sprint of the peloton in forty seconds, ahead of Marianne Vos.
In the standings, Van Vleuten gained ground over Cecilie Ludwig and Juliette Labous, who occupied second and third place at the start of the stage.
The fourth stage counted 134 kilometers and took the peloton from Fidenza to Borgo Val di Taro. The executioner in the full finale was the ascent of the Strela, a 5-kilometer climb with an average gradient of 3.3 percent.
On the way to the Strela, it was Van Vleuten who attacked from the peloton. The world champion only got Longo Borghini with her. Together they joined Ewers, who had fled the peloton before.
Because the pursuit behind the trio never really got going, the escapees sprinted for the stage victory.
Vollering shines through absence in Giro Donne
The Giro Donne lasts until Sunday. Demi Vollering, who won one race after another in the spring and was crowned Dutch road champion a week and a half ago, is not active in the prestigious stage race.
Van Vleuten already won the Vuelta earlier this year and is also one of the favorites for the Tour de France Femmes, which will start in just under three weeks. Vollering does start there.