Banks wins the fourth stage and Van Vleuten remains leader

Britain's Elizabeth Banks won the fourth stage of the women's Giro d'Italia on Monday alone. Van Vleuten was third and continues to lead


Britain's Elizabeth Banks, from the Paule Ka team, won this Monday alone in the fourth stage of the women's Giro d'Italia, disputed between Assisi and Tivoli over 170 kilometers and after which the Dutch Anemiel van Vleuten (Mitchelton-Scott) is still dressed in leader after finishing the day in third place. Banks won the stage with a seven-second advantage over the Slovenian Eugenia Bujak (Alé BTC Ljubljana) and already 1:10 minutes over Van Vleuten herself, who completed the podium to settle in the lead.

The 29-year-old Briton attacked her breakaway partner, Bujak, in the final part of the tough cobblestone climb to Tivoli and to win alone. Bujak secured a comfortable second place with a significant difference from current Giro champion Van Vleuten. This is the second professional victory for Banks, who last year won the eighth stage at the Giro. The reigning world champion on the road is consolidating in front of the general, in which she leads by 1:56 minutes to the now second in the table, the Polish Kataezyna Niewiadoma (Canyon SRAM Racing). The also Dutch Anna van der Breggen (Boels-Dolmans) falls to third place at 2:03 of Van Vleuten. This Tuesday the fifth of the nine stages of the race will be held. It will start and finish in Terracina with a trip of 110 kilometers.

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