Anna van der Breggen reels in Annemiek van Vleuten in final kilometre to take the victory on stage nine of the Giro Rosa 2019

The world champion rode a phenomenal final few kilometres to take the stage victory from the overall race leader

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Anna van der Breggen (Boels-Dolmans) at last proved Annemiek van Vleuten (Mitchelton-Scott) is mortal by winning stage nine of the Giro Rosa. The world road champion caught her compatriot in the closing 750 metres and then attacked her to win by 17 seconds.

In what was a gripping final, the two Dutch women had been alone at the head of the race entering the final four kilometres, but van Vleuten attacked the Boels-Dolmans rider, dropping her. Van der Breggen managed to limit her losses, however, never letting the gap exceed 15 seconds.

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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.