Day triumph Banks in Giro Rosa, cheering Van Vleuten firmer in the lead

Elizabeth Banks has brought the fourth ride in the Giro Rosa to her name. Annemiek van Vleuten finished third and thus strengthened her leading position in the general classification.

With 170 hilly kilometres the peloton had the longest stage of this stage. The distance was exceptional for the women. Normally the womens stages are no longer than 160 kilometres.

Steep final climb

Banks took off early on with Eugenia Bujak. The British from Paule Ka and the Slovenian from the Alรฉ BTC team took a maximum lead of six minutes and stayed out of the crowds reach. On the cobblestones of the steep last kilometre Banks kept her fellow escapee behind her.

Van Vleuten jumped away from the peloton on the final climb and crossed the finish line in third place.

The classification leader was especially relieved and happy that she had withstood the tough ordeal well. “I had to sit in front at the start of the final climb in the city. I managed to do that at the expense of the peloton”, she said with joy.

Van der Breggen drops a place

Van Vleutens lead over the number two Katarzyna Niewiadoma is 1 minute and 56 seconds. The Polish, who came in fifth, took over second place from Anna van der Breggen. The Dutchman lost more than half a minute to Van Vleuten and therefore dropped to third place at 2.03.