Hattrick for Fox in Giro Rosa; Van Vleuten loves pink jumper

In the Giro Rosa Marianne Vos won the sixth stage and thus her third stage victory. The Brabant rider of CCC-Liv was also the strongest in the bunch sprint in the streets of Nola after 97 kilometres of racing.

The Vos team used the same tactics as on Tuesday. On the hills along the way the pace was kept high, so some sprinters had to drop out. However, a large group remained at the front.

Maria Novolodskaja tried to avoid a sprint, attacked in the closing stages and had half a minute‘s advantage 3 kilometres from the end. However, in the chaotic final, with a bad road surface and sharp corners, the Russin went under.

Stage win number 28

Novolodskaja was caught up after which Vos struck and won the sprint with minimal difference. In total Vos has already won 28 stage victories in the Tour of Italy.

The British Hannah Barnes finished second, the Belgian Lotte Kopecky finished third. Van Vleuten’s pink jersey was not in danger.

Fox full of praise for team

“It’s unbelievable,” said Fox after her third stage victory. “When you come here, you can’t imagine going for a hat-trick.”

“The work of the team was again fantastic, somewhat similar to yesterday. The last three kilometres were a bit hectic, but I was in a great position and I’m glad I was able to finish it again”, said the 33-year-old from Brabant.

The teams were prepared for the poor quality of the roads, says Vos. “We are in a part of Italy where the road surface sometimes leaves something to be desired. Fortunately, everyone was aware of that. We try to get to the finish as safely as possible together. You have to make do with what comes in front of your wheels”

Van Vleuten remains focused

Rosette Carrier Van Vleuten was happy with the fast pace of the CCC team of Vos. “For me it is especially important to finish unharmed in these kind of stages. With fewer sprinters in the final the finish is less hectic”

With three stages still to go, Van Vleuten believes it‘s important to stay focused. “Anything can still happen. I learned my lesson in that respect four years ago. If there’s wind and you don‘t pay attention for a moment, you get blown off”

“I am especially looking forward to tomorrow’s stage, with an uphill finish,” says Van Vleuten. “I especially have to keep an eye on Anna van der Breggen. Always stay focused, that’s the secret.”