Annemiek van Vleuten has strengthened her leading position in the Giro Rosa.
The world champion jumped out of the chasing peloton in the final stage of a hilly 170 kilometre stage between Assisi and Tivoli and crossed the line in third place. With this successful breakaway, the Dutch leader took some valuable time on the competition.
British rider Elizabeth Banks won the fourth stage, the longest in this edition of the Italian women‘s race. She took off early on with the Slovenian Eugenia Bujak and both managed to stay out of the peloton’s grip. Banks proved to have the strongest legs in the last steep kilometre on the cobblestones in the centre of Tivoli. Bujak had to concede 7 seconds on the finish line.
Van Vleuten crossed the finish line with a gap of 1.10 on Banks. After that the riders came in solo or in small groups. Anna van der Breggen finished twelfth, 1.47th from the winner. She dropped from second to third place in the general classification, 2.03 behind Van Vleuten. Polish Katarzyna Niewiadoma, who finished fifth on Monday, is the new number 2, 1.56 behind the Dutch leader.