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Vos sprints to win stage 5 of Giro Rosa

Marianne Vos (Rabobank-Liv) won stage 5 of the Giro Rosa in a sprint on Wednesday. It was her third stage victory of the race.

Stage 5 was a fast run from Jesi to Cesenatico, averaging 45 kilometers per hour after the first hour of racing. Audrey Cordon (Hitec Products) was the first to attack, some 50 kilometers into the stage.

Anna van der Breggen (Rabobank-Liv) took the only KOM of the day, with Valentina Scandolara (Orica-AIS) in the green jersey right behind her. The pace increased with just a few kilometers to go, with Vos crossing the line first.

Vos keeps the pink leaders jersey, 41 seconds ahead of her teammate, Pauline Ferrand-Prevot, on GC.

“That was a very high-paced stage, with a strong crosswind,” Vos said. “Somebody tried to attack but nobody really managed to get clear. The team is working really good together, and this is great. I want to dedicate this victory to all my teammates.”

Tomorrow, the peloton will move away from the coast and into the mountains of northeast Italy. The women will tackle three difficult climbs over 112 kilometers on stage 6.

Stage 5 Results:

1. Marianne Vos (Rabobank-Liv)
2. Giorgia Bronzini (Wiggle-Honda)
3. Shelley Olds (Alè Cipollini-Galassia)

General Classification:

1. Marianne Vos (Rabobank-Liv)
2. Pauline Ferrand-Prevot (Rabobank-Liv)
3. Elisa Longo Borghini (Hitec Products)