You win on the climb to Assisi and Van Vleuten continues to lead

The Dutch, triple world long distance champion, was the strongest in the final climb, although her compatriot remains the lead.

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The Dutch Marianne Vos, from the CCC-Liv team, won this Sunday in the third stage of the Giro d'Italia for women, of 142 kilometers, starting at Santa Fiora and finishing the short but demanding climb to Assisi, after which her compatriot Annemiek van Vleuten (Mitchelton-Scott) continues as overall leader.

Vos, 33 years old and three-time world road cross-country champion, achieved her 229th professional triumph and the first of 2020. She was the best on the climb to the finish line in Assisi, who crossed in front of the Danish Cecile Uttrup Ludwig (FDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope), second to two seconds, and the Italian Elisa Longo Borghini (Trek-Segafredo), third to five.

The peloton reached the last kilometer compactly. From there a group of six cyclists attacked in the short final ascent, in which Vos was the strongest. This Sunday is the twenty-sixth stage victory for Vos at the Giro d'Italia, a race he has won three times (2011, 2012 and 2014). Olympic long-distance champion in London 2012, the more than versatile Marianne Vos has not only excelled during her career in road tests. She has seven world titles in cyclo-cross and was Olympic track scoring champion in Beijing 2008 and world scoring champion in 2008 and scratch in 2011.

Van Vleuten, who dressed as leader on Saturday, remains in front of the individual overall. She beat her compatriot Anna van der Breggen (Boels-Dolmans) by 1:22 minutes and Katarzyna Niewiadoma from Poland (Canyon SRAM) by 1:37. Spain's Mavi García (Alé BTC) is seventh at 4:08. Vos ranks 10th at 4:53. This Monday the fourth stage will be held, a 170-kilometer journey between Assisi and Tivoli.



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