The “Oranje” cycling celebrates in the Province of Pordenone: Annemiek Van Vleuten is the winner of the Stage 2 (Zoppola – Montereale Valcellina, 122 km) after a breakaway in the final kilometers with her compatriot Anna Van der Breggen (Boels Dolmans, second) and Elisa Longo Borghini (Wiggle High5, third). The Olympic and European Champion is also the new Pink Jersey for the bonification. Anna is back to wear the Maglia Rosa since she triumphed in the final stage in year 2015 in San Domenico di Varzo.
Today’s stage was characterized by the breakaway of Nicole Hanselmann (Cervelo Bigla) and Claudia Koster (Veloconcept), winner of the three intermediate sprints. The two ladies were catched by the peloton at the km 86 then, the decisive breakaway start at km 95, at the bottom of the Forcella di Pala Barzana climb (846 m, cat.2). and a small chasing group was including Amanda Spratt and Megan Guarnier. who were reached by Shara Gillow and Katarzyna Niewiadoma. The gap increased in the descend and the three in the front could sprint for the victory, where Annemiek Van Vleuten was faster. Niewiadoma, leader of the Women’s World Tour wins the battle for the place 4 in the chasing group. Van Vleuten, 34 years old, could get another success in her career at Giro Rosa, as she has been the overall leader in many occasions.
Tomorrow there is the stage 3, San Fior – San Vendemiano (100 km), with the “Muro di Cà del Poggio” in the first part of the race.
RESULTS STAGE 2 GIRO ROSA 2017:
1. Annemiek Van Vleuten 3h11’51”
2. Anna Van der Breggen st
3. Elisa Longo Borghini st
GENERAL CLASSIFICATION AFTER STAGE 2:
1. Anna Van der Breggen 3h26’32”
2. Annemiek Van Vleuten +18”
3. Elisa Longo Borghini +26”
THE JERSEYS OF THE GIRO ROSA AFTER STAGE 2:
PINK Jersey COLNAGO: Anna Van der Breggen (Boels Dolmans)
CYCLAMINE Jersey SELLE SMP: Annemiek Van Vleuten (Orica-Scott)
GREEN Jersey PURPLE by GLOBAL STOCK: Annemiek Van Vleuten (Orica-Scott)
WHITE Jersey COLNAGO: Floortje Mackaij (Team Sunweb)
BLUE Jersey GSG: Elisa Longo Borghini (Wiggle High5)
Photo (c) Flaviano Ossola