Annemiek van Vleuten wins deceptively brutal Giro Rosa time trial

Anna van der Breggen is still in the top spot on GC after a 'flat' stage five time trial that brought inclines over 20 per cent

Annemiek van Vleuten won the Giro Rosa stage five time trial, taking back some of the time she lost during a stage four race split.

The Dutch rider, who showed her prowess on the climbs at the Olympic road race in Rio before her infamous crash, also holds the 2017 National Time Trial honours: a recipe for success on the tough course which contained two steep climbs with gradients reaching 30 per cent.

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Michelle Arthurs-Brennan

Michelle Arthurs-Brennan the Editor of Cycling Weekly website. An NCTJ qualified traditional journalist by trade, Michelle began her career working for local newspapers. She's worked within the cycling industry since 2012, and joined the Cycling Weekly team in 2017, having previously been Editor at Total Women's Cycling. Prior to welcoming her daughter in 2022, Michelle raced on the road, track, and in time trials, and still rides as much as she can - albeit a fair proportion indoors, for now.