Marianne Vos did not start in the Giro Donne on Thursday. Vos, who drives for Jumbo-Visma, booked her second stage win on Wednesday. “I’m happy with my two wins. I am now going to charge for the next goals,” she said through her Jumbo-Visma team.
Vos normally starts on July 24 in the Tour de France for women. The sixth stage of the Giro Donne ends on Thursday with the ascent of the Passo del Maniva. Annemiek van Vleuten is in the lead in the stage race that will last until Sunday.
The French Juliette Labous won the sixth stage of the Giro Donne. The finish was on the Passo del Maniva, the highest point of this year at almost 1750 meters. The Team DSM rider was the only one left in front of a large leading group on the final climb.
More than a minute and a half later, Annemiek van Vleuten (Movistar) finished second, ahead of her Spanish rival Mavi García. Labous was no threat to the classification in which Van Vleuten is in the lead for García. Marianne Vos did not start after two stage victories. On Friday, the necessary climbing will again follow in a ride from Rovereto to Aldeno. The Giro d’Italia for women ends on Sunday.
Early in the race a group of about fifteen riders took off. Labous was the highest placed finisher with a gap of just under 12 minutes on Van Vleuten. Towards the final climb, Norwegian Amalie Lutro was the first attacker. At the foot, her lead over her former fellow escapees was more than half a minute. The group with Van Vleuten came closer and closer and now followed at about 3 minutes.
Lutro was already out in front when Labous saw the need for an attack. “I saw that our lead was getting smaller and I thought I was the strongest. That’s why I ran off alone,” said the 23-year-old rider, who has been riding for DSM, formerly Sunweb, for years. Earlier this year she already won the Tour of Burgos.
Behind her, Van Vleuten had picked up the pace 3 kilometers below the top. Only a select group of people could follow the rosette wearer. Behind Labous, who could no longer be caught up, Van Vleuten accelerated again shortly before the finish. García joined, just like the Italian Marta Cavalli, the number 3 in the standings.
Van Vleuten, who is 31 seconds ahead of her closest attacker, was allowed to put on the pink jersey for the 20th time on the podium. She is now the only record holder, ahead of Vos who has been on the podium nineteen times as leader.
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