Giro Rosa: Marianne Vos dominiert nach belieben

Marianne Vos has stamped her authority over the race once again. After winning yesterday’s stage in Cerro al Volturno, Vos crossed the line first in Castelfidardo (AN), too. Approaching the final climb of the longest stage of the 2013 Giro Rosa, the superb Dutch rider – who received a unique and precious pink accordion on the podium – had no rivals at all.

After winning the intermediate sprint in Fabriano and taking second place at the KOM – won by Tiffany Cromwell (Orica Ais) -, Marianne jumped ahead in a solo attack 300 meters from the finish line. The leader of Rabo Woman Cycling Team was followed by Evelyn Stevens (Specialized Lululemon), South African champion Ashleigh Moolman (Lotto Belisol Ladies), blue jersey Tatiana Guderzo (MCipollini Ale Galassia) and the German Claudia Hausler (Team Tibco To The Top). After four stages, the olympic and world champion is increasingly sealing her leading position in the General Classification, 1’31“ ahead of Guderzo, best Italian, and 1’33“ ahead Hausler. «After finishing 2nd twice and winning two stages in a row, I couldn’t ask for anything better. Tomorrow, though, it’s going to be tough. There are still many kilometers to ride and many climbs to tackle before arriving in Cremona on Sunday. Winning is never easy and you can’t take anything for granted» commented the maglia rosa, who is followed by the whole family, which is travelling by campervan. Stevens, who is one of the few that still can give Vos concern, at the finish today was already thinking about tomorrow’s stage: «Winning against Marianne is not easy, but my team is strong and we want to do our best. I’m in shape and tomorrow’s rolling course suits me». Also Moolman was very happy with her 3rd place: «It’s the first time for me on a prestigious podium like the one of Giro Rosa. The result makes me more confident and optimistic about the next stages, with plenty of climbs». Italian TV channel Raisport 2 (www.raisport.rai.it) will broadcast a 50 minute summary of today’s stage from 8.00 pm. Tomorrow’s „queen stage“ of the 24th edition of the Giro Rosa: Varazze – Monte Beigua (73,300 km).

Stage arrival:

1. Vos Marianne (Rabo Woman Cycling Team) 133,00 km in 3h14’28“ average speed 41,035 km/h

2. Stevens Evelyn (Specialized Lululemon) at 3″

3. Moolman Ashleigh (Lotto Belisol Ladies) at 3″

4. Guderzo Tatiana (MCipollini Ale Galassia) at 3″

5. Hausler Claudia (Team Tibco To The Top) at 7″

6. Van der Breggen Anna (Netherlands National Team) at 9″

7. Luperini Fabiana (Faren Kuota) att 18″

8. Cauz Francesca (Top Girls Fassa Bortolo) a 20″

9. Cromwell Tiffany (Orica Ais) at 20″

10. Abbot Mara (USA National Team) at 22″

General Classification:

1. Vos Marianne (Rabo Woman Cycling Team) in 11h31’23“

2. Guderzo Tatiana (MCipollini Ale Galassia) at 1’31“

3. Hausler Claudia (Team Tibco To The Top) at 1’33“

4. Stevens Evelyn (Specialized Lululemon) at 1’39“

5. Moolman Ashleigh (Lotto Belisol Ladies) at 1’41“

Jerseys:

PINK Derma Fresh, General Classification: Vos Marianne (Rabo Woman Cycling Team)

CYCLAMEN Selle Italia, Points Classification: Vos Marianne (Rabo Woman Cycling Team)

GREEN Saugella, KOM Classification: Vos Marianne (Rabo Woman Cycling Team)

WHITE Algida, Young Classification: Van der Breggen Anna (Netherlands National Team)

BLUE Dama, Italian Classification: Guderzo Tatiana (MCipollini Ale Galassia)

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