Giro Donne stage 7 report: Deja vu as Van Vleuten wins again

While Van Vleuten strengthened her lead, the rest of the general classification saw some shifts with Labous moving into second overall.

Stage 6 of the Giro Donne treated riders and fans to the view that everyone is all too used to. Photo © Cor Vos

After a challenging day Annemiek van Vleuten (Movistar) proved for the third time to be the strongest rider in the Giro Donne, soloing to victory in Alassio. Juliette Labous (DSM-Firmenich) rode through the finish 13 seconds behind the World Champion with Lidl-Trek’s Gaia Realini close behind to take third on the stage.

The fight for pink appears to be all but wrapped up (maybe, who knows, it’s still cycling), with the jersey firmly on the shoulders of Van Vleuten and her four-minute lead in the general classification. But the rest of the top ten shifted significantly with Labous moving into second overall and Realini also jumping over Veronica Ewers to hold third.

How it happened

Brief stage results

  1. Annemiek van Vleuten (Movistar) 3:07:52
  2. Juliette Labous (DSM-Firmenich) @ 0:13
  3. Gaia Realini (Lidl-Trek) @ 0:20
  4. Liane Lippert (Movistar) @ 0:49
  5. Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig (FDJ-Suez) @ 0:55

GC standings

  1. Annemiek van Vleuten (Movistar) 18:06:51
  2. Juliette Labous (DSM-Firmenich) @ 3:56
  3. Gaia Realini (Lidl-Trek) @ 4:25
  4. Veronica Ewers (EF Education-TIBCO-SVB) @ 5:35
  5. Erica Magnaldi (UAE Team ADQ) @ 5:37

Notes and analysis

Next up: Rest / travel day

The race will resume on Saturday with stage 8. On Friday the riders travel from mainland Italy to the island of Sardinia.

The eighth stage from Nuoro to Sassari, on Saturday, covers 125.7 km, a long stage for this Giro. There is only one Category 3 climb – a 9.8 km climb that averages just 3.1% – but the road is anything but flat. The last several kilometers are also slightly uphill. Overall, it’s not exactly a general classification landmark. Could it be … could Saturday finally be a day for the breakaway?

Quote of the day

“Finally I got Gaia Realini in front of me instead of on my wheel.”

Annemiek van Vleuten

Shots fired.

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