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The ‘Cantabrian’ Van Vleuten turns La Vuelta upside down

The 'Cantabrian' Van Vleuten turns La Vuelta upside down

It seemed like a day of transition, the day before to Los Lagos de Covadonga, the peak that will also define the race… but what happened in the stage through Cantabria opposes being the best of La Vuelta a España Femenina 2023 (and that there is to choose from, like the fans of La Roda…). To begin with, and despite going north, the heat continued to accompany the peloton. At the exit of Castro Urdiales The runners faced a 106 kilometer journey ending in Laredo and two ascents: the Alto de Fuente de las Varas and the Puerto de Campo Hayal, both of second category and after the equator of the day. Annemiek van Vleuten, who last year won the Vuelta (with his previous name) on a similar day, with the two ascents included, repeated his success in Cantabria. He rose to the top of the general classification, although the stage went to the Italian Gaia Realini after shining in heads-up.

Van Vleuten knows the Community, especially the climbs, in a great way, since his partner is from the area and trains here. He even shared a morning with Óscar Freire, also from Cantabria, on the bicycle. The day, in summary, left Van Vleuten as the winner after beating the Italian Realini in heads-up (at first the Trek was declared the winner, and even did interviews talking about its success) after reviewing the photo-finish. But everything came from behind, when after 36 kilometers covered, Movistar changed the rhythm and accelerated. At that point, Vollering was off the hook. The wind was strong when you went parallel to the coast, which prompted the Spanish team to try it. The one who was the leader, Vollering, was doing her business after stopping when the attack. It was a chaotic situation from which SD Worx could no longer recover and lost the precious garment before Covadonga.

Meanwhile, Jumbo and Movistar continued to press. The rent with Vollering was already over a minute and the general was turning around. The Van Vleuten attack arrived at Alto de Fuente de las Varas. The group was reduced to six runners: Gaia Realini, Erica Magnaldi, Juliette Labous and Évita Muzic. No more. Vollering was already losing almost two minutes. The intermediate sprint arrived, and Van Vleuten moved again to bonus (he took six seconds.)…. and did not stop He went alone, and from behind, a little later, Realini jumped from the chasing group. The Italian was able to reach Annemiek’s wheel and limited herself to being with her, without passing to relays.

In goal he prevailed, despite the fact that she was declared the winner first, then second and later recovered the victory after the review of the judges. The two entered Laredo together and Van Vleuten already knew that she would wear red, but she also wanted the stage, her first as world champion. It couldn’t be, but he started the final day with a good advantage over Vollering, his great rival, and that the one from SD Worx was able to cut vigorously on the descents towards Laredo. This Sunday, final fireworks in one of the most illustrious peaks of cycling: the Lakes of Covadonga.

Classification of the sixth stage

1st Gaia Realini (ITA/Trek) 2h 49:23

2nd Annemiek van Vleuten (PBa/Movistar) mt

3rd Loes Adegeest (PBa/FDJ) 1:04

5º Demi Vollering (PBa/SD) mt

6th Mavi Garcia (Liv Canyon)


1st Annemiek van Vleuten (PBa/Movistar) 16h 16:17

2nd Demi Vollering (PBa/SD) 1:11

3rd Riejanne Markus (PBa/Jumbo) 1:23

8th Mavi Garcia (Liv Racing) 2:39

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