Emma Pooley takes second stage win at the Giro Rosa

Emma Pooley all but secures mountain classification; Marianne Vos continues to lead overall

Britain’s Emma Pooley (Lotto-Belisol) cemented her position as the leader of the Giro Rosa mountains classification by winning today’s 90.3-kilometre Queen stage. The race finished on the only classified climb of the day a route perfectly suited to her talents and increasing form.

The stage was dominated by that final mountain. Twenty-three kilometres long, only the final 13 km was classified, with an average of 8%. With the peloton shredded, Megan Guarnier (Boels_Dolmans) attacked first, and was joined by race leader Marianne Vos’s team mate, Anna van der Breggen who rode on alone, when the American faded.

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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.