Annemiek van Vleuten wins a savage day at the Giro Donne

The fourth stage proves key as three women move clear of the rest in the GC standings

Annemiek van Vleuten (Movistar) wins stage four of the 2022 Giro Donne in Cesena
Annemiek van Vleuten (Movistar) wins stage four of the 2022 Giro Donne in Cesena
(Image credit: Dario Belingheri/Getty)

Annemiek van Vleuten took a masterful win at the Giro Donne on Monday, moving into the overall lead with stage victory in Cesena.

The double GC winner had been part of a two woman group with Mavi García in the final 10km, but outwitted and out-dragged the UAE Team ADQ rider to take the win. After manoeuvring the Spanish rider onto the front as they entered the final kilometre she left her there, only coming through just ahead of the final, right hand corner, around 200m from the line her sprint enough to open a gap.

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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.