Third stage win, second in a row, for Marianne Vos

The Dutch won again in the final sprint. His compatriot Van Vleuten gave up three seconds, but is still leading.

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The Dutch Marianne Vos (CCC-Liv) achieved her third partial victory -second in a row- in the women's Giro d'Italia on Wednesday, beating the sprint in the sixth stage, of 87.8 kilometers between Torre del Greco and Nola, after the that his compatriot Annemiek van Vleuten (Mitchelton-Scott) gave up just three seconds and remains a solid leader.

Marianne Vos, 33, three times world road champion, won the stage by beating Britain's Hannah Barnes (Canyon SRAM Racing) and Germany's Lotte Kopecky (Lotto Soudal) in the sprint, who accompanied her on the podium. The Bolduque rider has already accumulated 28 stage victories in the Giro d'Italia, a race she won in 2011, 2012 and 2014. Van Vleuten, leader from the second day, remains in front of the general with 1:52 minutes of advantage over the Polish Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Canyon SRAM) and 2:03 on the also Dutch Ana van der Breggen (Boels-Dolmans) .

The route of this Wednesday's stage had to be changed due to the collapse of a bridge, which slightly lengthened the distance and added more meters of altitude. This made it even more difficult for pure sprinters to compete for victory. The day soon began to liven up with an escape attempt during the first hour. Teniel Campbell (Valcar-Travel & Service), Lisa Brennauer and Kirsten Wild (Ceratizit-WNT) tried their luck without success.

Subsequently, in the uncategorized climbs of the second half of the stage, the CCC-Liv team once again set an intense pace to try to divide the peloton, which left many of the sprinters behind. Thus, three groups were formed and Pauliena Rooijakkers (CCC-Liv) and Nadine Gill (Bizkaia Durango) launched an attack, but it came to nothing when there were ten kilometers to go. At that moment the Russian Maria Novolodskaya (Cogeas Mettler Look) launched an attack and managed to open a gap of half a minute, but three kilometers from the end she suffered a fall that ruined her adventure. In the final stage the first to launch the sprint was Barnes, but Vos reacted in time to overtake her on the finish line and achieve victory.

This Thursday the seventh of the nine stages of the race will be held. It will be a 112.6 kilometer journey between Nola and Maddaloni.



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