Niewiadoma moves into Giro Rosa lead after Van Vleuten abandons

Canyon-SRAM’s Katarzyna Niewiadoma will wear the pink leader’s jersey on stage 8 of the 2020 Giro Rosa following the withdrawal of race leader Annemiek Van Vleuten due to a broken wrist
Canyon-SRAM’s Katarzyna Niewiadoma will wear the pink leader’s jersey on stage 8 of the 2020 Giro Rosa following the withdrawal of race leader Annemiek Van Vleuten due to a broken wrist (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

On Friday, Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Canyon-SRAM) will start stage 8 of the Giro Rosa wearing the pink leader's jersey after Annemiek van Vleuten (Mitchelton-Scott) had to abandon the race with a fractured wrist. This is not how anyone wants to take over the race lead, but despite the surprising and unfortunate way in which she got it, Niewiadoma must now look forward to the final two stages and defend the pink jersey.

"The final 3km were very hectic – everyone wanted to be in the front. And then there was this giant crash with 1.2km to go. I stayed on the right side and everything happened on the left side, so fortunately I was able to avoid it, but I do really hope that everyone involved in the crash is OK," Niewiadoma said, speaking shortly after the finish when it was not yet clear how serious Van Vleuten's injuries were.

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