Annemiek van Vleuten, teammate of Georgia Williams, has won stage 2 of the Giro Rosa. Van Vleuten took the win out of a breakaway group of three riders who managed to stay clear at the finish; winning ahead of Anna van der Breggen and Elisa Longo Borghini.
Stage 2 of Giro Rosa took the field 122.25km from Zoppola to Matereale Valcellina. The stage was illuminated by a category 2 climb that peaked just before 100km into the race which could threaten to break things up.
Two riders escaped the rest of the field in the early stages of the race, and built a lead that peaked at a little over 2 minutes. Claudia Koster of Team VeloCONCEPT and Cervelo-Bigla’s Nicole Hanselmann were the riders to make the break and stay clear for the majority of the day. Eventually they were reeled in before the climb of the day and in time for the race to be lit right up. The climb of the day saw the peloton whittled down to just around 40 riders in time for the winning move to go clear.
Van Vleuten seized the opportunity that the climb presented to break away from the rest of the field. The Orica-SCOTT was not quite alone though, with Boels-Dolmans’ Anna van der Breggen and Wiggle-High5’s Elisa Longo-Borghini. The trio managed to open up a significant lead over the chasers but it was on the descent where it began to stretch further to 45 seconds and then further.
By the time the race reached the finish line the break had built up a lead of almost 2 minutes over the field. The sprint finish saw van Vleuten have too much pace for her breakaway companions. The Dutchwoman sprinted away to the win ahead of her compatriot van der Breggen and the Italian.
The stage was a stage for the big time gaps, with chase groups conceding minutes to the leaders. Linda Villumsen of Team VeloCONCEPT crossed the line in a group containing Coryn Rivera, finishing 4.40mins behind the leaders. Georgia Williams will be happy with the day’s work as it now positions her teammate in second overall; as well as with one stage win to her name. Williams arrived home in a group just ahead of Chloe Hosking, Valentina Scandolara and Trixi Worrack.