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Giorgia Bronzini (Wiggle Honda) topped overall leader Marianne Vos (Rabobank) in Monday’s second stage of the Giro Ciclistico d’Italia Femminile in Pontecagnano Faiano, Italy. Bronzini, a two-time world champion on the road, bested the current world champion in a sprint.
Vos retained the overall lead with six days of racing remaining.
“I’m really happy because my last victory in the Giro Rosa was a lifetime ago … in 2008 in the Caerano San Marco to Pontecchio Polesine stage,” said Bronzini. “Yesterday I was really unlucky because I punctured twice in the final. I finished last and I wanted to reverse the classification as soon as possible. I made it today thanks to my super teammates.”
Vos, the defending Giro champion, nearly crashed in the sprint, but held on for second.
“I was really in danger of falling beacuse of a small dent in the road. I was unclipped from my right pedal,” she said. “I was really near to the stage victory, but I’m happy to be safe and still in pink. I wouldn’t be if it was not for my skills on the bike, probably I was just lucky.”
Barbara Guarischi (Vaiano Fondriest) was third, one spot ahead of American Lauren Hall (U.S. National Team).
Vos leads the overall by 17 seconds ahead of Marta Tagliaferro (MCipollini Giordana), Guarischi, and Julie Leth (Hitec Products).
The Giro Rosa will continue Tuesday with the 102-kilometer third stage in Cerro al Volturno.