Van Vleuten exhibits on stage 2 and is already leader of the Giro Rossa

The reigning world champion attacked on a tough section of dirt and no one could follow her. He is leading the general by 1:16 over Van der Breggen.

The current world champion and the best cyclist of today, the Dutch Annemiek van Vleuten, won this Saturday with a show of strength in the second stage of the women's Giro d'Italia, disputed between Paganico and Arcidosso over 124 kilometers, and placed in the individual overall lead.

Van Vleuten (Mitchelton-Scott) made his mark early on at the Giro Rossa after launching a solo attack in the final section in which he ripped off his rivals on the gravel climb that topped 11 kilometers from the finish. Then she increased her advantage until she reached Arcidosso's goal victorious.

Not even a mechanical breakdown could stop the 37-year-old, who won by more than one minute and 16 seconds ahead of her compatriot Anna van der Breggen (Boels Dolmans), the Polish Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Canyon-SRAM) and the Danish Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig (FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope) .

"I think my face says it all. I went so hard because you never know what is going to happen and you have to win every second. So I worked hard on the climb to Seggiano to take as much time as possible, since in This edition we don't have a big climb, so in the end it can be a game of seconds. Every second can be very useful, "said Van Vleuten at the finish line. "It was a time trial from the beginning of the gravel section," added Van Vleuten, who this year accumulates triumphs in the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, the Emakumeen Nafarroako Klasikoa, the Clasica Femenina Navarra, the Durango-Durango Emakumeen Saria, the Strade Bianche and the European Road Cross-Country Championships

Van Vleuten now leads the overall classification by 1:16 minutes over Van der Breggen and Niewiadoma. This Sunday the third of the nine stages will be held, of 142 kilometers between Santa Fiora and Assisi.

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