Giro Donne stage 8 report: Vas wins reduced bunch sprint in Sassari

Annemiek van Vleuten held onto her pink jersey with one stage to go.

Blanka Vas wins against Chloe Dygert and Liane Lippert on stage 8 of the Giro Donne. Photo © Cor Vos

After a few days of general classification battles, the eighth stage of the Giro Donne went to the sprinters, with Blanka Vas of SD Worx taking her second career WorldTour victory ahead of Chloe Dygert (Canyon-SRAM) and Liane Lippert (Movistar).

Movistar’s Annemiek van Vleuten finished safely in the bunch to retain her pink jersey with one stage to go. Juliette Labous (DSM-Firmenich) and Gaia Realini (Lidl-Trek) finished with the World Champion and held onto their podium spots.

How it happened

Brief stage results

  1. Blanka Vas (SD Worx)
  2. Chloe Dygert (Canyon-SRAM)
  3. Liane Lippert (Movistar)
  4. Silvia Persico (UAE Team ADQ)
  5. Ally Wollaston (AG Insurance-Soudal Quick-Step) all same time

GC standings

  1. Annemiek Van Vleuten (Movistar)
  2. Juliette Labous (DSM-Firmenich) @ 3:56
  3. Gaia Realini (Lidl-Trek) @ 4:23
  4. Erica Magnaldi (UAE Team ADQ) @ 5:34
  5. Veronica Ewers (EF Education-TIBCO-SVB) @ 5:35

Notes and analysis

Sunday’s final stage of the Giro Donne will also be the last race for former world champion Marta Bastianelli (left). The Italian will retire Sunday evening when the stage concludes. Photo © Cor Vos

Next up: Stage 9 preview

The final stage of this year’s Giro Donne is similar to the eighth stage in Sardinia: constantly rolling. There are two classified climbs, both Category 3. The first starts under 6 km in, and the second is 70 km into the 126.5 km stage.

Osilo, the first climb, is only 4.8 km long and 5.2%, while Tempio Pausania is 7.7 km and 4.7%. Neither climb has sectors steeper than 6%, so they aren’t insane. There are still some other shorter steeper climbs throughout the day but they aren’t long enough to make it a GC day.

The finish comes after a long descent into Olbia and is flat, so look for a break or a reduced bunch sprint in the finale.

It’s not all fun and games … ok maybe it is

While everyone lost their minds about some guy playing with a basketball in France, the women were also not taking the time pre-start too seriously.

Movistar clearly enjoyed their rest day with some dancing by the pool.

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