Dominant Van Vleuten crushes the opposition at Challenge by La Vuelta to take stage three honours and GC lead

The European champion’s long-range attack saw her take three minutes on her opposition to move into first in the overall classification

Annemiek van Vleuten
(Image credit: Getty)

Annemiek van Vleuten took another remarkable solo win on stage three of the Ceratizit Challenge by La Vuelta. In so doing the European champion overhauled her general classification deficit and takes the overall lead into the final stage.

The Dutch rider attacked with a group of others around 40km into the 107km stage, dropping her companions one by one until she was alone with around 50km to go.

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Owen Rogers is an experienced journalist, covering professional cycling and specialising in women's road racing. He has followed races such as the Women's Tour and Giro d'Italia Donne, live-tweeting from Women's WorldTour events as well as providing race reports, interviews, analysis and news stories. He has also worked for race teams, to provide post race reports and communications.