Marianne Vos won a second stage victory in this year‘s Giro Rosa. The 33-year old rider from Brabant did so in the fifth stage, which covered 110 kilometres with Terracina as starting and finishing place.
Vos was the strongest in a sprint of a peloton thinned out by two climbs. The Belgian Lotte Kopecky finished second, the American Coryn Rivera third.
Two days earlier Vos, who rides for CCC, already won the third stage. In her career she has now won 27 stage wins in the Tour of Italy for women.
Sports director Jeroen Blijlevens had made his riders consciously hard on the race. “The last 40 kilometres of the stage were flat. So there was a good chance of a bunch sprint. Marianne has a good sprint in her legs, but has a flat power sprint against the strong competition in this Giro Rosa” CCC took the lead on the first climb of the second category. “With that we thinned out the group and lost a lot of sprinters. The team then dropped Marianne off perfectly for the sprint. The team deserves a big compliment”, said Blijlevens.
World champion Annemiek van Vleuten remains in possession of the pink leader’s jersey. The Giro Rosa will last until Saturday.