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All Rabo all the time - Vos wins again

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Stage 4 of the Giro Rosa provided a lot of flat and then a sharp climb and a descent into the finish in Jesi. Somewhat predictably this offered the perfect launchpad for Marianne Vos to take her second stage win and hold on to her overall lead .



After an active stage yesterday today looked like a more predictable day with most expecting it to come down to a reduced bunch sprint. After some unsuccesful breakaway attempts Bizkaia Durango's Yulia Iliynikh got away about halfway into the stage

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via velofocus.com

Iliynikh built a lead of up to three minutes at one point but as the peloton made it's way up the small climb of the day the gap started to come down, partly under the pressure of Hitec Products. She held off to grab the mountain points 10 km from the finish but by the time the riders came off the descent she was caught and things were lined up for the expected sprint finish. The slight uphill sprint resulted in a narrow win for Marianne Vos who just held off Shelley Olds of AleCipollini and her own teammate Lucinda Brand. Vos tried gifting her teammate the win but seeing Olds coming with speed had to accelerate to save the day for Rabo. Unlucky for the already celebrating Brand but once again a testament to the strength of Marianne Vos.

STAGE 4 RESULT:

  1. Marianne Vos
  2. Shelley Olds
  3. Lucinda Brand
  4. Emma Johansson
  5. Jolien D'Hoore
  6. Marta Tagliaferro
  7. Elisa Longo-Borghini
  8. Pauline Ferrand Prevot
  9. Simona Frapporti
  10. Barbara Guarischi

Photos on Velofocus and Wei Yuet Wong

Rabo video, with Brand & Vos talking about the finish


GC after Stage 4 :
  1. Vos
  2. Ferrand-Prevot + 31 sec
  3. Longo Borghini + 39 sec
  4. Van Vleuten + 1.51 min
  5. Johansson + 2 min
  6. Guarnier + 2
  7. Lichtenberg (Häusler) +2.03
  8. Van der Breggen + 2.04
  9. Moolman + 2.08
  10. Cordon + 2.34