Gaia Realini awarded Vuelta Femenina stage win after 'hectic' photo finish muddle

Annemiek van Vleuten leads the Spanish race into the final day, but not without controversy

Gaia Realini
(Image credit: Getty)

Confusion reigned in Laredo at the finish of stage six of the Vuelta Femenina on Saturday.

The finale, contested in a close two-up sprint between escapees Gaia Realini (Trek-Segafredo) and Annemiek van Vleuten (Movistar), left the commissaires second-guessing themselves. Initially, they awarded the victory to Realini, before reviewing the photo finish imagery and announcing the Dutchwoman as the winner. 

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Tom Davidson
Senior News Writer

Tom joined Cycling Weekly as a news and features writer in the summer of 2022, having previously contributed as a freelancer. He is the host of The TT Podcast, which covers both the men's and women's pelotons and has featured a number of prominent British riders. 

An enthusiastic cyclist himself, Tom likes it most when the road goes uphill and actively seeks out double-figure gradients on his rides. 

He's also fluent in French and Spanish and holds a master's degree in International Journalism.