Annemiek van Vleuten wins Giro Rosa stage five to take the maglia rosa

The 2018 overall winner reached the finish with a lead close to three minutes

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Overall race favourite Annemiek van Vleuten lived up to her billing at the Giro Rosa Iccrea on Tuesday, winning the sixth stage to Lago di Cancana in emphatic style. The defending champion attacked at the bottom of the final, 10km climb, catching and passing the remaining breakaway rider, Leah Kirchmann, before riding alone to the line.

 With her rivals unable to match the defending champion, the Dutchwoman gradually but her lead, eventually crossing the line nearly three minutes ahead to take the overall race lead. Compatriot Lucinda Brand (Sunweb), finished second just ahead of the previous maglia rosa, Kasia Niewiadoma (Canyon-SRAM).

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