VN news ticker: Annemiek van Vleuten wins in Spain, Domenico Pozzovivo out of Giro d’Italia
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Annemiek van Vleuten wins in Spain
Annemiek van Vleuten (Movistar) returned to her winning ways with victory Thursday at the one-day Emakumeen Nafarroako in Spain’s Navarra region.
She bettered Demi Vollering (SD Worx), with Elisa Longo Borghini (Trek-Segafredo) coming across the line third.
“It was a hard day with rain, but I was able to turn that to my advantage,” van Vleuten said. “I knew I had to get rid of Vollering, because she already beat me in sprints at Liège and Amstel. It was a complicated finale, and we were outnumbered, so to win makes it taste even sweeter.”
The race opened a busy period of racing in Spain, with a series of one-day races in the Navarra before heading to the Vuelta a Burgos Femininas, May 20-24.
— Movistar Team (@Movistar_Team) May 13, 2021
Domenico Pozzovivo forced to abandon Giro d’Italia
The Giro d’Italia lost one of its ever-steady riders when Domenico Pozzovivo decided to pull out.
The Italian veteran crashed in stage 6, and struggled to finish Thursday’s stage. Following a medical assessment, the Qhubeka-Assos captain did not start Friday’s stage.
“I went above the limit just to finish yesterday,” he said.
The 38-year-old started his 15th career Giro, and finished inside the top-10 on five occasions.
⚠️ MEDICAL UPDATE ⚠️
🎙️”I went above the limit just to finish yesterday.”
— Team Qhubeka ASSOS (@QhubekaAssos) May 14, 2021