Giro Rosa 2020: Another solo win sees Annemiek van Vleuten take control

World champion Annemiek van Vleuten solos the final 16km to take the maglia rosa on stage two

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Defending champion Annemiek van Vleuten stamped her authority on the Giro Rosa on Saturday, winning stage two and taking the race lead.

The rainbow jersey attacked at the bottom of the day’s only classified climb, a four kilometre stretch of rocky Tuscan white gravel, with 16km to go, and characteristically soloed to the win ahead of Anna van der Breggen (Boels-Dolmans) in second and Kasia Niewiadoma (Canyon-SRAM) in third.

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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.