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Van Vleuten claims second stage of Giro Rosa

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The final sprint on the second stage of the Giro Rosa

The final sprint on the second stage of the Giro Rosa
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The riders enjoy a laugh and chat before the stage

The riders enjoy a laugh and chat before the stage
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The jersey holders on the podium

The jersey holders on the podium
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Stage winner Annemiek van Vleuten (Orica-Scott)

Stage winner Annemiek van Vleuten (Orica-Scott)
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Sara Penton (Veloconcept)

Sara Penton (Veloconcept)
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Carmela Cipriani (Conceria Zabri-Fanini-Guerciotti)

Carmela Cipriani (Conceria Zabri-Fanini-Guerciotti)
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World champion Amalie Dideriksen (Boels Dolmans)

World champion Amalie Dideriksen (Boels Dolmans)
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Kaat Hannes (Lensworld - Kuota)

Kaat Hannes (Lensworld - Kuota)
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Arianna Fidanza (Astana Women's Team)

Arianna Fidanza (Astana Women's Team)
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Chantal Blaak (Boels-Dolmans)

Chantal Blaak (Boels-Dolmans)
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Women's WorldTour leader Katarzyna Niewiadoma (WM3)

Women's WorldTour leader Katarzyna Niewiadoma (WM3)
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Sabrina Stultiens (Team Sunweb)

Sabrina Stultiens (Team Sunweb)
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Karol-Ann Canuel fighting to save the pink jersey

Karol-Ann Canuel fighting to save the pink jersey
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Lizzie Deignan stretches her legs

Lizzie Deignan stretches her legs
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Former world champion

Former world champion
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New Swiss champion Nicole Hanselmann (Cervelo-Bigla)

New Swiss champion Nicole Hanselmann (Cervelo-Bigla)
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Kirsten Wild (Cylance)

Kirsten Wild (Cylance)
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New maglia rosa Anna van der Breggen (Boels-Dolmans)

New maglia rosa Anna van der Breggen (Boels-Dolmans)
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Anna van der Breggen (Boels-Dolmans) enjoying the podium

Anna van der Breggen (Boels-Dolmans) enjoying the podium
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Barbara Guarischi (Canyon-SRAM)

Barbara Guarischi (Canyon-SRAM)
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Alexi Ryan (Canyon-SRAM) meets the fans

Alexi Ryan (Canyon-SRAM) meets the fans
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Trixi Worrack (Canyon-SRAM)

Trixi Worrack (Canyon-SRAM)
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Hungarian champion Mónika Király (S.C. Michela Fanini Rox)

Hungarian champion Mónika Király (S.C. Michela Fanini Rox)
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Annemiek van Vleuten wins stage 2 of the Giro Rosa.

Annemiek van Vleuten wins stage 2 of the Giro Rosa.
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Annemiek van Vleuten en route to a stage 2 win at the Giro Rosa

Annemiek van Vleuten en route to a stage 2 win at the Giro Rosa
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Annemiek van Vleuten leading a late attack on stage 2 of the Giro Rosa

Annemiek van Vleuten leading a late attack on stage 2 of the Giro Rosa
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The early break on the Giro Rosa's second stage

The early break on the Giro Rosa's second stage
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Annemiek van Vleuten celebrates her Giro Rosa stage win.

Annemiek van Vleuten celebrates her Giro Rosa stage win.
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Floortje Mackaij after stage 2 of the Giro Rosa

Floortje Mackaij after stage 2 of the Giro Rosa
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Annemiek van Vleuten on the stage 2 podium at the Giro Rosa

Annemiek van Vleuten on the stage 2 podium at the Giro Rosa
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Annemiek van Vleuten at the Giro Rosa

Annemiek van Vleuten at the Giro Rosa
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Annemiek van Vleuten after stage 2 of the Giro Rosa

Annemiek van Vleuten after stage 2 of the Giro Rosa
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Annemiek van Vleuten pops the bubbly after her Giro Rosa stage win.

Annemiek van Vleuten pops the bubbly after her Giro Rosa stage win.
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The stage 2 podium at the Giro Rosa

The stage 2 podium at the Giro Rosa
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Annemiek van Vleuten at the Giro Rosa

Annemiek van Vleuten at the Giro Rosa
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Lizzie Deignan at the finish of the Giro Rosa's second stage

Lizzie Deignan at the finish of the Giro Rosa's second stage
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Annemiek van Vleuten (Orica-Scott) out-sprinted Anna van der Breggen (Boels-Dolmans) and Elisa Longo Borghini (Wiggle-High5) to the top step of the Giro Rosa stage two podium in Mantereale Valcellina on Saturday. The trio, all expected to contend for the Giro Rosa general classification, slipped away from a reduced peloton on the only categorised climb on stage two. With the best sprint amongst the three, Van Vleuten was the expected winner for the late race escape, and she delivered.

"Today was a really good test for my legs, so I am really happy to take the victory," Van Veuten said in an Orica-Scott report. "I didn't really know how my form was uphill as I haven't had the chance to test my legs uphill for almost four or five weeks. I know I have had really good preparation coming into this Giro Rosa, and I felt really strong on the climb, on the descent and also in the final 20 kilometres where we had to ride really hard."

Van der Breggen, second on the stage, moves into the race lead, assuming the race leader's maglia rosa from teammate Karol-Ann Canuel. Van Vleuten jumps up to second overall at 18 seconds. Longo Borghini is in third place at 22 seconds. The trio have a formidable advantage on their challenges with defending champion Megan Guarnier a full two minutes back in fourth place.

"It was a good day, and I'm happy for now," van der Breggen said the Boels-Dolmans stage two report. "Still there are many days coming up."

An early breakaway slipped away in the opening ten kilometres. Claudia Koster (VéloConcept) initiated the escape. Nicole Hanselmann (Cérvelo-Bigla) bridged the gap several kilometres later. The pair stayed away through the three intermediate sprints on offer – all of which were won by Koster.

The peloton picked up the chase as they headed from the flat plains toward the looming mountains, catching the leaders just before the foot of the category two climb that would split the peloton to pieces.

Forty riders, including all the jerseys and overall contenders, broke clear on the narrow and steep slopes of the Giro Rosa's first mountain test. As the road continued to rise, attrition further thinned the field. Van Vleuten lifted the pace over the top of QOM, picking up maximum points toward the climber's jersey, and created a split. Van der Breggen and Longo Borghini were the only two quick enough and strong enough to respond.

"We expected the climb to be hard," noted van der Breggen. "On the race profile, it doesn't look that hard, but it's my ninth Giro. I know by now to check the course another way."

Van der Breggen, Van Vleuten and Longo Borghini began the technical descent to a flat 10-kilometre run-in to the finish with a handful of seconds over their chasers. They stretched out that advantage beyond the minute mark by the time they hit flat land. The gap had grown to nearly two minutes at the finish line.

"For me it was not necessary to gain a big advantage with Annemiek and Elisa," noted van der Breggen. "I also wanted to keep Megan up on the GC. She was doing some effort chasing in the first group behind."

Van Vleuten, confident that she could out-sprint Van der Breggen and Longo Borghini, opened the sprint and held on to take the win.

"I was only thinking about taking time and not the stage victory," Van Vleuten said. "I am thinking more about the overall than stages, and today is a really good sign my preparation went really well."

Sunday's stage three sees the peloton cover 100 kilometres between San Fior and San Vendemiano.

Brief Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Annemiek Van Vleuten (Ned) Orica Scott Women3:11:51
2Anna Van Der Breggen (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam
3Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Wiggle High5
4Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Pol) WM3 Pro Cycling0:01:54
5Megan Guarnier (USA) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam
6Shara Gillow (Aus) FDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope
7Amanda Spratt (Aus) Orica Scott Women
8Yevgenia Vysotska (Ukr) Conceria Zabri-Fanini-Guerciotti0:01:59
9Lucinda Brand (Ned) Team Sunweb Women0:02:37
10Arlenis Sierra (Cub) Astana Women's Team

General classification after stage 2
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Anna Van Der Breggen (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam3:26:32
2Annemiek Van Vleuten (Ned) Orica Scott Women0:00:18
3Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Wiggle High50:00:26
4Megan Guarnier (USA) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam0:02:00
5Amanda Spratt (Aus) Orica Scott Women0:02:22
6Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Pol) WM3 Pro Cycling0:02:37
7Karol-Ann Canuel (Can) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam0:02:43
8Elizabeth Deignan (GBr) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam0:02:50
9Lucinda Brand (Ned) Team Sunweb Women0:03:02
10Floortje Mackaij (Ned) Team Sunweb Women

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