Van Vleuten Wins Giro Della Toscana Prologue

Van Vleuten Wins Giro Della Toscana Prologue

Van Vleuten Wins Giro Della Toscana Prologue

Annemiek van Vleuten continued her impressive return from injury to win the prologue in Premondiale Giro Toscana Int. Femminile - Memorial Michela Fanini on Friday night. The former Dutch time trial champion stormed through the 2.22km course in a time of 2'54".

Van Vleuten was five seconds faster than second place finisher Valentina Scandolara (Orica-AIS). The prologue was a good start to the race for Bigla Pro Cycling Team as Vera Koedooder placed fourth, Lotta Lepistö seventh and Iris Slappendel ninth.

"I'm very happy with a comeback like this," van Vleuten said after learning of the result. "I'm 2 seconds faster than when I did this prologue before. I knew that you had to be fast and really speed up after the two corners and I am happy that it worked out. I'm also happy for my teammates who did a great ride. Tomorrow I will be in pink and we will look to defend the jersey with pride."

The race continues on Saturday with a 133,6km followed by the final stage on Sunday from Lucca to Capannori over 96,3km.