Giro Rosa (st. 9)
Polish allrounder from Movistar Team on the move for third consecutive day; Blue youngsters finish three and four minutes, respectively, behind winner Van der Breggen (DLT).
Annemiek van Vleuten (MTS) all but secured her overall victory in the 2019 Giro Rosa after taking 2nd at the Malga Montasio, the last mountain-top finish of the race, behind World Champion Anna van der Breggen (DLT).
The Dutch duo dictated the pace with a strong move from Van Vleuten from the early slopes, as the two main climbers from the Movistar Team fought hard to remain in the pursuit group. Eider Merino was a notable 12th, 3’10” behind the winner, with Paula Patiño at four minutes.
Earlier on, the Blues had Malgorzata Jasinska into the main break for the third day in a row, keeping the peloton abay until the last twenty kilometers of the stage.
The Giro Rosa ends on Sunday with a flat 120km course finishing with a slightly uphill last kilometer in Udine. There, Merino and Patiño will try to secure their overall finishes as top-20 and second best youngster -behind Juliette Labous (SUN)-, respectively.
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