It would seem that there is really no stopping Marianne Vos. The Rabo Liv rider showed us exactly why she is considered one of the best female cyclists the world has ever seen as she grabbed glory again on the fourth stage of the Giro Rosa.
The 118km stage of the Giro Rosa 2014 today saw the race hit the coast and travel north along the Adriatic before cutting inland again to finish in Jesi.
Stage 4 of the Giro Rosa finally hits the coast, 118km north along the Adriatic, heading inland to the finish line in Jesi ahead of American rider Shelley Olds (Alè Cipollini Galassia) and Lucinda Brand also of the Rabo Liv team.
Today’s race saw an attack early on from Russian, Yulia Ilinykh (Bizkaia Durango) who took the lead at 50km taking a maximum of a three minute gap. The Russian took both the intermediate sprint win and the King of the Mountain title too.
With 5km to go though, it was the Rabo LIv team who again proved they are the ones to beat at the Giro Rosa. The peloton closed the gap on Ilinykh before Vos outsprinted the small leading group to cross the line in first place ensuring she held possession of the pink leader’s jersey.
Commenting on her Facebook page after the race, Marianne Vos had the following to say about stage 4 of the Giro Rosa:
“We had control the whole race today in the Giro Rosa, on the way to Jesi at the Adriatic coast. Because we knew the final well, it was a nice sprint, my teammates brought me in the best position with 600 meters to go; Lucinda Brand tried a surprise attack but she just couldn't hold it to the line. I sprinted to my second victory this Giro Rosa! Shelley Olds was in second place and Lucinda became third. It was a very close sprint but I am happy with my victory and keeping my maglia Rosa!"
Stage 5 of the Giro Rosa will be 118.3km and is deemed perfect for the sprinters. Check out more details about Stage 5 of the Giro Rosa.
1. Marianne Vos (Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team) km 118,000 in 3:14'10'' at the average of 36,464 km/h
2. Shelley Olds (Alè Cipollini Galassia) s.t.
3. Lucinda Brand (Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team)
4. Emma Johansson (Orica AIS)
5. Jolien D’Hore (Lotto Belisol)
6. Marta Tagliaferro (Alè Cipollini Galassia)
7. Elisa Longo Borghini (Hitec Products)
8. Pauline Ferrand Prevot (Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team)
9. Simona Frapporti (Astana BePink)
10. Barbara Guarischi (Alè Cipollini Galassia)
1. Marianne Vos (Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team)
2. Pauline Ferrand Prevot (Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team) at 31’’
3. Elisa Longo Borghini (Hitec Products) at 39''
4. Annemiek van Vleuten (Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team) at 1'51''
5. Emma Johansson (Orica AIS) at 2'
PINK Derma Fresh, General Classification: Marianne Vos (Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team)
CYCLAMEN SMP Selle, Points Classification: Marianne Vos (Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team)
GREEN BIM, Best Climber Classification: Ashleigh Moolman (Orica AIS)
WHITE Saugella, Best Young Classification: Pauline Ferrand Prevot (Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team)
BLUE Dama, Best Italian Classification: Elisa Longo Borghini (Hitec Products)
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