Because Annemiek van Vleuten had to leave the Giro Rosa injured in the leaders jersey on Thursday, Anna van der Breggen suddenly has plenty of chances to win the prestigious Italian stage race again.
The new leader is Katarzyna Niewiadoma. On the Polish stage Van der Breggen has to make up for fifteen seconds in the last two stages. With her team Boels-Dolmans Cycling Team, she wants to take control immediately today.
Hectic day ahead
“We must open the attack,” says Van der Breggen. Van Vleutens fall will be in the back of her mind. “You have to watch this Giro like this. Today also with the wind present, it will be a super hectic day”
“In any case, the classification is back on”, the winner of 2015 and 2017 continues. “The final climb today is so tough. If you dont sit comfortably, you can lose a lot of time”
Sports director Danny Stam has already come up with the ideal scenario: “All the factors of cycling can be tried. We want to thin out the group in the wind and make a difference with Anna on the final climb”