“That was f***king hard!” Annemiek van Vleuten reacts after winning stage four of the Giro Donne

The Dutch rider warns that she is not in her best shape yet after arriving at the race from an altitude camp.

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

“That was f***king hard!” said Annemiek van Vleuten between gulps of water and recovery drink, while removing her helmet. 

Sheltering from the brutal Italian sun in the shadow of Cesena’s Rocca Malatestiana castle, the world’s best stage racer was recovering from winning the fourth day of the Giro Donne. It was a victory which propelled her into the overall lead and towards her ambition of winning a third title in the 10 day Italian race.

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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.