Giro Rosa: Annemiek van Vleuten wins Strade Bianche-style stage 2

Annemiek van Vleuten (Mitchelton-Scott) has put her mark on the Giro Rosa already, winning stage 2 with a solo attack in the final and taking the race lead. The world champion shook off her competitors on the gravel climb that crested 11km from the finish and continued to increase her lead.

Even a mechanical could not stop the 37-year-old, who won the stage by 1:16 ahead of Anna van der Breggen (Boels Dolmans), Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Canyon-SRAM), and Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig (FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope).

"I think my face says it all. I went so deep because you never know what’s coming and you have to take every second, so I went from the bottom [of the Seggiano climb] to take as much time as possible because at this Giro we don’t have an big uphill finish so it can be a game of seconds in the end. Every second can be useful," Van Vleuten said at the finish line.

"It was a time trial from the start of the gravel section. I wanted to hit it as the first rider, and I did, and then I went."

Van Vleuten now leads the overall classification by 1:18 over Van der Breggen and Niewiadoma.

"It’s always very special in Italy to wear the pink jersey," Van Vleuten said. "I’m here with my team to go for it for a third time. There are so many days to come. I’m not thinking about pink. I’ll race, as I always do, and focus day by day because that’s really needed at this Giro d’Italia."

How it unfolded

Stage 2, covering 124.8km from Paganico to Arcidosso, was always going to be an important day for the overall race as it contained over 2,800 metres of altitude gain. Though there was only one classified climb, the stage was a continuous up-and-down.

There was no breakaway on the first half of the stage, though a 1,500-metre gravel section and the many unclassified climbs reduced the peloton to about 50 riders. 

Julie van de Velde (Lotto Soudal) attacked on an uphill section 63km from the finish and held a lead of up to a minute, but before the decisive gravel climb to Seggiano started, both she and a counterattack by Lizzy Banks (Équipe Paule Ka) had been brought back.

Van Vleuten went hard from the start of the climb, quickly dropping all her competitors. On the steepest part of the slope, though, the world champion could not get any grip with her back wheel. She had to dismount and run with her bike, cyclo-cross style, to a flatter section where she remounted.

Cresting the climb 40 seconds ahead of Van der Breggen and a minute ahead of Niewiadoma and Uttrup Ludwig, Van Vleuten further increased her advantage on the run-in to the finish. 

Van der Breggen lost ground to the two chasers who caught up with her, but the Dutch champion still had enough left to finish second on the uphill finishing straight.

Watch the Giro Rosa stage 2 video highlights below.

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Full Results
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Annemiek Van Vleuten (Ned) Mitchelton-Scott Women 3:53:20
2Anna Van der Breggen (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam 0:01:16
3Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Pol) Canyon-Sram Racing
4Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig (Den) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope 0:01:29
5Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (RSA) CCC-Liv 0:03:07
6Margarita Victoria Garcia Cañellas (Spa) Ale' BTC Ljubljana
7Mikayla Harvey (NZl) Equipe Paule Ka 0:03:11
8Soraya Paladin (Ita) CCC-Liv 0:03:52
9Erica Magnaldi (Ita) Ceratizit-WNT Pro 0:03:55
10Amanda Spratt (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott Women 0:03:57
11Elise Chabbey (Swi) Equipe Paule Ka 0:04:00
12Ane Santesteban Gonzalez (Spa) Ceratizit-WNT Pro 0:04:11
13Chantal Van den Broek-Blaak (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam 0:04:22
14Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Trek-Segafredo Women
15Marianne Vos (Ned) CCC-Liv 0:04:28
16Elizabeth Banks (GBr) Equipe Paule Ka 0:06:10
17Paula Andrea Patiño Bedoya (Col) Movistar Team Women
18Nadine Michaela Gill (GBR) Bizkaia-Durango
19Marta Cavalli (Ita) Valcar-Travel & Service 0:06:14
20Juliette Labous (Fra) Team Sunweb Women
21Eugenia Bujak (Slo) Ale' BTC Ljubljana 0:07:04
22Elena Franchi (Ita) Eurotarget-Bianchi-Vittoria 0:08:04
23Katia Ragusa (Ita) Astana Women's Team 0:08:16
24Floortje Mackaij (Ned) Team Sunweb Women
25Ellen Van Dijk (Ned) Trek-Segafredo Women
26Liane Lippert (Ger) Team Sunweb Women
27Omer Shapira (Isr) Canyon-Sram Racing
28Katrine Aalerud (Nor) Movistar Team Women
29Brodie Chapman (Aus) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope
30Evita Muzic (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope
31Hannah Barnes (GBr) Canyon-Sram Racing
32Spela Kern (Slo) LVIV 0:08:24
33Sabrina Stultiens (Ned) CCC-Liv
34Niamh Fisher-Black (NZl) Equipe Paule Ka 0:08:26
35Aigul Gareeva (Rus) Cogeas Mettler Look Pro 0:09:16
36Maria Novolodskaya (Rus) Cogeas Mettler Look Pro 0:09:17
37Evgenia Vysotska (Ukr) LVIV 0:09:24
38Rachel Neylan (Aus) Cronos-Casa Dorada 0:09:29
39Tatiana Guderzo (Ita) Ale' BTC Ljubljana
40Alena Amialiusik (Blr) Canyon-Sram Racing
41Leah Kirchmann (Can) Team Sunweb Women
42Lone Meertens (Bel) Lotto Soudal Ladies 0:10:59
43Silvia Valsecchi (Ita) Bepink 0:11:04
44Ilaria Sanguineti (Ita) Valcar-Travel & Service
45Karol-Ann Canuel (Can) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam
46Tayler Wiles (USA) Trek-Segafredo Women
47Amy Pieters (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam
48Emma Cecilie Norsgaard Jørgensen (Den) Equipe Paule Ka
49Elizabeth Deignan (GBr) Trek-Segafredo Women
50Teuntje Beekhuis (Ned) Lotto Soudal Ladies 0:12:46
51Silvia Zanardi (Ita) Bepink
52Debora Silvestri (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo
53Coryn Rivera (USA) Team Sunweb Women
54Sofia Bertizzolo (Ita) CCC-Liv
55Alison Jackson (Can) Team Sunweb Women
56Urska Zigart (Slo) Ale' BTC Ljubljana
57Lotte Kopecky (Bel) Lotto Soudal Ladies
58Maria Giulia Confalonieri (Ita) Ceratizit-WNT Pro 0:13:10
59Lisa Brennauer (Ger) Ceratizit-WNT Pro
60Jolien D'Hoore (Bel) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam 0:13:44
61Lisa Klein (Ger) Canyon-Sram Racing
62Stine Borgli (Nor) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope
63Barbara Malcotti (Ita) Valcar-Travel & Service
64Sara Casasola (Ita) Servetto-Piumate-Beltrami TSA
65Vittoria Guazzini (Ita) Valcar-Travel & Service
66Teniel Campbell (Tto) Valcar-Travel & Service
67Rasa Leleivyte (Ltu) Aromitalia-Basso Bikes-Vaiano
68Blanca Liliana Moreno Canchon (Col) Astana Women's Team
69Elena Cecchini (Ita) Canyon-Sram Racing
70Emilia Fahlin (Swe) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope
71Grace Brown (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott Women
72Beatrice Rossato (Ita) Eurotarget-Bianchi-Vittoria 0:14:16
73Lucy Kennedy (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott Women 0:15:45
74Maaike Boogaard (Ned) Ale' BTC Ljubljana 0:16:20
75Markéta Hájková (Cze) Bepink 0:17:34
76Eugénie Duval (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope
77Sarah Roy (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott Women
78Ruth Winder (USA) Trek-Segafredo Women 0:17:39
79Julie Van de Velde (Bel) Lotto Soudal Ladies 0:17:42
80Pauliena Rooijakkers (Ned) CCC-Liv 0:20:00
81Aude Biannic (Fra) Movistar Team Women 0:25:08
82Simona Frapporti (Ita) Bepink
83Gloria Rodriguez Sanchez (Spa) Movistar Team Women 0:25:09
84Jelena Eric (Srb) Movistar Team Women
85Audrey Cordon Ragot (Fra) Trek-Segafredo Women 0:25:15
86Abby-Mae Parkinson (GBr) Lotto Soudal Ladies 0:25:17
87Greta Marturano (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo
88Elizabeth Holden (GBr) Bizkaia-Durango
89Vania Canvelli (Ita) Bepink
90Anna Potokina (Rus) Servetto-Piumate-Beltrami TSA 0:25:42
91Alice Maria Arzuffi (Ita) Bizkaia-Durango 0:25:44
92Giorgia Catarzi (Ita) Bepink 0:26:08
93Elena Pirrone (Ita) Valcar-Travel & Service
94Letizia Borghesi (Ita) Aromitalia-Basso Bikes-Vaiano
95Francesca Baroni (Ita) Servetto-Piumate-Beltrami TSA
96Ainara Elbusto Arteaga (Spa) Cronos-Casa Dorada 0:26:11
97Malgorzata Jasinska (Pol) Cronos-Casa Dorada
98Barbara Guarischi (Ita) Movistar Team Women 0:26:18
99Kirsten Wild (Ned) Ceratizit-WNT Pro 0:26:22
100Lara Vieceli (Ita) Ceratizit-WNT Pro
101Nadia Quagliotto (Ita) Cronos-Casa Dorada 0:26:26
102Diana Klimova (Rus) Cogeas Mettler Look Pro 0:26:49
103Marlen Reusser (Swi) Equipe Paule Ka 0:27:28
104Anna Trevisi (Ita) Ale' BTC Ljubljana
105Carla Oberholzer (RSA) Bizkaia-Durango 0:27:34
106Julia Biryukova (Ukr) LVIV 0:28:46
107Carmela Cipriani (Ita) Aromitalia-Basso Bikes-Vaiano 0:28:51
108Olena Sharga (Ukr) LVIV
109Arlenis Sierra (Cub) Astana Women's Team
110Olga Zabelinskaya (Uzb) Cogeas Mettler Look Pro
111Olga Shekel (Ukr) Astana Women's Team
112Giulia Marchesini (Ita) Aromitalia-Basso Bikes-Vaiano
113Eva Buurman (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam
114Moniek Tenniglo (Ned) Mitchelton-Scott Women
115Laura Tomasi (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo
116Giorgia Bariani (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo
117Lucia Gonzalez Blanco (Spa) Bizkaia-Durango 0:29:08
118Arianna Sessi (Ita) Eurotarget-Bianchi-Vittoria 0:29:20
119Francesca Pisciali (Ita) Eurotarget-Bianchi-Vittoria
120Asja Paladin (Ita) Cronos-Casa Dorada 0:31:07
121Arianna Fidanza (Ita) Lotto Soudal Ladies
122Ariana Gilabert Vilaplana (Spa) Bizkaia-Durango 0:33:09
123Sandra Alonso Dominquez (Spa) Cronos-Casa Dorada 0:33:39
124Elisa Dalla Valle (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo 0:34:06
125Michela Balducci (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo
OTLOlivija Baleisyte (Ltu) Astana Women's Team 0:40:52
OTLSofia Collinelli (Ita) Aromitalia-Basso Bikes-Vaiano
OTLGemma Sernissi (Ita) Aromitalia-Basso Bikes-Vaiano
OTLMartina Fidanza (Ita) Eurotarget-Bianchi-Vittoria
OTLAlice Gasparini (Ita) Eurotarget-Bianchi-Vittoria 0:40:54
OTLKseniia Dobrynina (Rus) Servetto-Piumate-Beltrami TSA 0:43:45
OTLFrancesca Pattaro (Ita) Astana Women's Team 0:56:18
OTLMia Radotic (Cro) Cogeas Mettler Look Pro 0:56:52
OTLNicole Fede (Ita) Servetto-Piumate-Beltrami TSA 0:58:13
OTLElis Simeoni (Ita) Servetto-Piumate-Beltrami TSA 0:58:42
DNFNaomi De Roeck (Bel) LVIV
DNFFiona Turnbull (GBr) LVIV
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Mountain 1
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Annemiek Van Vleuten (Ned) Mitchelton-Scott Women 7
2Anna Van der Breggen (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam 5
3Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Pol) Canyon-Sram Racing 3
4Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig (Den) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope 2
5Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (RSA) CCC-Liv 1
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General classification after stage 2
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Annemiek Van Vleuten (Ned) Mitchelton-Scott Women 4:13:20
2Anna Van der Breggen (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam 0:01:18
3Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Pol) Canyon-Sram Racing 0:01:33
4Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig (Den) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope 0:02:54
5Mikayla Harvey (NZl) Equipe Paule Ka 0:03:26
6Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (RSA) CCC-Liv 0:03:54
7Margarita Victoria Garcia Cañellas (Spa) Ale' BTC Ljubljana 0:04:01
8Amanda Spratt (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott Women 0:04:07
9Elise Chabbey (Swi) Equipe Paule Ka 0:04:15
10Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Trek-Segafredo Women 0:04:27
11Chantal Van den Broek-Blaak (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam 0:04:30
12Soraya Paladin (Ita) CCC-Liv 0:04:39
13Erica Magnaldi (Ita) Ceratizit-WNT Pro 0:04:43
14Ane Santesteban Gonzalez (Spa) Ceratizit-WNT Pro 0:04:59
15Marianne Vos (Ned) CCC-Liv 0:05:15
16Elizabeth Banks (GBr) Equipe Paule Ka 0:06:25
17Juliette Labous (Fra) Team Sunweb Women 0:06:33
18Marta Cavalli (Ita) Valcar-Travel & Service 0:07:10
19Paula Andrea Patiño Bedoya (Col) Movistar Team Women 0:07:37
20Eugenia Bujak (Slo) Ale' BTC Ljubljana 0:07:58
21Ellen Van Dijk (Ned) Trek-Segafredo Women 0:08:21
22Floortje Mackaij (Ned) Team Sunweb Women 0:08:35
23Liane Lippert (Ger) Team Sunweb Women
24Omer Shapira (Isr) Canyon-Sram Racing 0:08:37
25Hannah Barnes (GBr) Canyon-Sram Racing
26Nadine Michaela Gill (GBR) Bizkaia-Durango 0:09:05
27Sabrina Stultiens (Ned) CCC-Liv 0:09:11
28Brodie Chapman (Aus) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope 0:09:41
29Evita Muzic (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope
30Katrine Aalerud (Nor) Movistar Team Women 0:09:43
31Leah Kirchmann (Can) Team Sunweb Women 0:09:48
32Alena Amialiusik (Blr) Canyon-Sram Racing 0:09:50
33Tatiana Guderzo (Ita) Ale' BTC Ljubljana 0:10:23
34Katia Ragusa (Ita) Astana Women's Team 0:10:34
35Elena Franchi (Ita) Eurotarget-Bianchi-Vittoria 0:11:00
36Elizabeth Deignan (GBr) Trek-Segafredo Women 0:11:09
37Karol-Ann Canuel (Can) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam 0:11:12
38Amy Pieters (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam
39Emma Cecilie Norsgaard Jørgensen (Den) Equipe Paule Ka 0:11:15
40Aigul Gareeva (Rus) Cogeas Mettler Look Pro 0:11:17
41Maria Novolodskaya (Rus) Cogeas Mettler Look Pro 0:11:18
42Tayler Wiles (USA) Trek-Segafredo Women 0:11:22
43Spela Kern (Slo) LVIV 0:11:29
44Rachel Neylan (Aus) Cronos-Casa Dorada 0:11:54
45Ilaria Sanguineti (Ita) Valcar-Travel & Service 0:12:00
46Evgenia Vysotska (Ukr) LVIV 0:12:29
47Niamh Fisher-Black (NZl) Equipe Paule Ka 0:12:31
48Silvia Valsecchi (Ita) Bepink 0:12:32
49Coryn Rivera (USA) Team Sunweb Women 0:13:05
50Alison Jackson (Can) Team Sunweb Women
51Sofia Bertizzolo (Ita) CCC-Liv 0:13:33
52Jolien D'Hoore (Bel) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam 0:13:52
53Grace Brown (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott Women 0:13:54
54Maria Giulia Confalonieri (Ita) Ceratizit-WNT Pro 0:13:58
55Lisa Brennauer (Ger) Ceratizit-WNT Pro
56Lisa Klein (Ger) Canyon-Sram Racing 0:14:03
57Elena Cecchini (Ita) Canyon-Sram Racing
58Silvia Zanardi (Ita) Bepink 0:14:14
59Lotte Kopecky (Bel) Lotto Soudal Ladies 0:14:29
60Vittoria Guazzini (Ita) Valcar-Travel & Service 0:14:40
61Barbara Malcotti (Ita) Valcar-Travel & Service 0:14:42
62Teniel Campbell (Tto) Valcar-Travel & Service
63Lone Meertens (Bel) Lotto Soudal Ladies 0:14:51
64Debora Silvestri (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo 0:15:04
65Emilia Fahlin (Swe) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope 0:15:09
66Rasa Leleivyte (Ltu) Aromitalia-Basso Bikes-Vaiano 0:16:21
67Urska Zigart (Slo) Ale' BTC Ljubljana 0:16:33
68Teuntje Beekhuis (Ned) Lotto Soudal Ladies 0:16:38
69Sara Casasola (Ita) Servetto-Piumate-Beltrami TSA 0:16:54
70Lucy Kennedy (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott Women 0:16:57
71Beatrice Rossato (Ita) Eurotarget-Bianchi-Vittoria 0:17:12
72Maaike Boogaard (Ned) Ale' BTC Ljubljana 0:17:14
73Sarah Roy (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott Women 0:17:43
74Ruth Winder (USA) Trek-Segafredo Women 0:17:44
75Stine Borgli (Nor) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope 0:17:55
76Eugénie Duval (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope 0:18:59
77Julie Van de Velde (Bel) Lotto Soudal Ladies 0:19:22
78Blanca Liliana Moreno Canchon (Col) Astana Women's Team 0:19:30
79Markéta Hájková (Cze) Bepink 0:19:34
80Pauliena Rooijakkers (Ned) CCC-Liv 0:20:48
81Aude Biannic (Fra) Movistar Team Women 0:26:35
82Simona Frapporti (Ita) Bepink 0:26:36
83Gloria Rodriguez Sanchez (Spa) Movistar Team Women
84Abby-Mae Parkinson (GBr) Lotto Soudal Ladies 0:27:00
85Elena Pirrone (Ita) Valcar-Travel & Service 0:27:04
86Kirsten Wild (Ned) Ceratizit-WNT Pro 0:27:10
87Greta Marturano (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo 0:27:35
88Giorgia Catarzi (Ita) Bepink 0:27:36
89Marlen Reusser (Swi) Equipe Paule Ka 0:27:43
90Jelena Eric (Srb) Movistar Team Women 0:27:44
91Elizabeth Holden (GBr) Bizkaia-Durango 0:28:12
92Malgorzata Jasinska (Pol) Cronos-Casa Dorada 0:28:36
93Alice Maria Arzuffi (Ita) Bizkaia-Durango 0:28:39
94Barbara Guarischi (Ita) Movistar Team Women 0:28:42
95Letizia Borghesi (Ita) Aromitalia-Basso Bikes-Vaiano 0:28:45
96Audrey Cordon Ragot (Fra) Trek-Segafredo Women 0:28:46
97Diana Klimova (Rus) Cogeas Mettler Look Pro 0:28:50
98Nadia Quagliotto (Ita) Cronos-Casa Dorada 0:28:51
99Anna Potokina (Rus) Servetto-Piumate-Beltrami TSA 0:28:52
100Vania Canvelli (Ita) Bepink 0:28:54
101Eva Buurman (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam 0:28:59
102Francesca Baroni (Ita) Servetto-Piumate-Beltrami TSA 0:29:18
103Lara Vieceli (Ita) Ceratizit-WNT Pro 0:29:22
104Anna Trevisi (Ita) Ale' BTC Ljubljana 0:29:52
105Ainara Elbusto Arteaga (Spa) Cronos-Casa Dorada 0:30:20
106Carla Oberholzer (RSA) Bizkaia-Durango 0:30:29
107Moniek Tenniglo (Ned) Mitchelton-Scott Women 0:30:45
108Olga Zabelinskaya (Uzb) Cogeas Mettler Look Pro 0:30:52
109Arlenis Sierra (Cub) Astana Women's Team 0:31:09
110Olga Shekel (Ukr) Astana Women's Team
111Laura Tomasi (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo
112Giorgia Bariani (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo
113Carmela Cipriani (Ita) Aromitalia-Basso Bikes-Vaiano 0:31:28
114Giulia Marchesini (Ita) Aromitalia-Basso Bikes-Vaiano