Giro Rosa (st. 6)
Eider slightly further behind her goal -now 16th, nearly 3′ behind 10th place- at demanding time trial; Van Vleuten (MTS) storms to back-to-back victories en route to her second consecutive title.
Annemiek van Vleuten (MTS) inflicted another big blow to her competition at Wednesday’s stage six of the 2019 Giro Rosa, a demanding 12km individual time trial from Chiuro to Teglio with 500m of accumulated elevation gain – almost a ‘cronoscalata’, as a mountain TT is called in Italian. The Dutchwoman notched up the win with 53″ over Anna van der Breggen (DLT) and nearly 2′ on third-placed Elisa Longo Borghini (TFS), which increases her gap to second overall to nearly four minutes.
The Movistar Team fought into a discipline less usual for its riders with strong displays from its two main GC riders, Eider Merino -22nd, +3’05” from Van Vleuten- and Paula Patiño -just over 4′ behind-. The Basque sits now further behind her goal of an overall top-ten finish, 16th in the GC at around three minutes from third.
The Italian grandtour continues with Thursday’s lumpy stage seven finish in San Giorgio di Perlena, near Vicenza, as half a dozen hills are climbed in the second half of the 128km route.
Cover picture (c): Velofocus