Van Vleuten defends maglia rosa after avoiding crash on Giro Donne stage 6

BERGAMO ITALY JULY 06 Annemiek Van Vleuten of Netherlands and Movistar Team Pink Leader Jersey celebrates at podium during the 33rd Giro dItalia Donne 2022 Stage 6 a 1147km stage from Sarnico to Bergamo GiroDonne UCIWWT on July 06 2022 in Bergamo Italy Photo by Dario BelingheriGetty Images
Annemiek van Vleuten (Movistar) continues in the pink leader's jersey (Image credit: Getty Images)

After winning stage 4 of the 2022 Giro d’Italia Donne and taking the overall lead, putting five minutes or more into all but two of her competitors, Annemiek van Vleuten (Movistar Team) was adamant that she would not get ahead of herself and take the race “day by day”.

Van Vleuten learned this lesson the hard way in 2015 when her thoughts already were on the next day’s time trial during stage 4. She lost two minutes in the crosswinds and eventually finished the race in third place, only 1:39 minutes down.

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Lukas Knöfler started working in cycling communications in 2013 and has seen the inside of the scene from many angles. Having worked as press officer for teams and races and written for several online and print publications, he has been Cyclingnews’ Women’s WorldTour correspondent since 2018.