Marianne Vos out-sprinted a small group in stage 4, earning her a second stage win; she holds onto the GC lead

Hitting the coast, stage 4 of the 2014 Giro Rosa brought riders 118 kilometers north along the Adriatic Sea, finishing in Jesi.

The protagonist of this stage was Russian Yulia Ilinykh (Bizkaia Durango), who attacked after 50 kilometers, successfully opening a gap that topped out at three minutes. This attack earned her the first intermediate sprint win in Potenza Picena, as well as the KOM title.

Ilinykh was caught with just 5 kilometers to go, and at the line, Dutch superstar Marianne Vos (Rabobank-liv) outsprinted a small lead group, finishing ahead of American Shelley Olds (Alé Cipollini Galassia). The sprint brought Vos a second stage victory this year, and she continues to wear the race leader’s pink jersey.

“The attack from the Russian Ilinykh was okay for the group. That’s why the race went on fire only in the final meters. A crash meant that some of my teammates were dropped back, but Lucinda Brand was with me in the finish and I think she would have really deserved to win. There will be some other occasions for her,” said commented Vos.

Rabobank-liv has now won four of the race’s five stages, including the prologue.

Two-time Giro Rosa winner Mara Abbott (UnitedHealthcare) sits 11th overall, 2:44 down. American Evelyn Stevens (Specialized-lululemon) sits 12th, 3:08 down.

Wednesday’s stage is one for the sprinters: 118.3 kilometers from the Marche Region, up to Emilia Romagna, finishing in Cesenatico, the hometown of Marco Pantani.

General Classification, after stage 4:
1. Marianne Vos (Rabo Liv)
2. Pauline Ferrand Prevot (Rabo Liv) at 0:31
3. Elisa Longo Borghini (Hitec Products) at 0:39
4. Annemiek van Vleuten (Rabo Liv) at 1:51
5. Emma Johansson (Orica AIS) at 2:00