Vuelta Femenina 2023: Raid brings van Vleuten red jersey, stage win Realini

Gaia Realini - Vuelta Femenina 2023: Raid brings van Vleuten red jersey, stage win Realinifoto: Cor VosThe 6th stage of La Vuelta Femenina is a hilly race with a flat finale. Annemiek van Vleuten goes on the attack halfway through the race. Gaia Realini outsprints her in Laredo, but the the World Champion is the new leader on GC. (Slideshow route/profile)

Results 6th stage 2023 Vuelta Femenina

1. Gaia Realini (ita)
2. Annemiek van Vleuten (nld) s.t.
3. Loes Adegeest (nld) + 1.04
4. Silvia Persico (ita) s.t.
5. Demi Vollering (nld) s.t.
6. Mavi García (spa) s.t.
7. Évita Muzic (fra) s.t.
8. Kasia Niewiadoma (pol) s.t.
9. Riejanne Markus (nld) s.t.
10. Ane Santesteban (spa) s.t.

GC after stage 6
1. Annemiek van Vleuten (nld)
2. Demi Vollering (nld) + 1.11
3. Riejanne Markus (nld) + 1.23
4. Juliette Labous (fra) + 1.58
5. Marlen Reusser (swi) + 2.11
6. Olivia Baril (can) + 2.18
7. Kasia Niewiadoma (pol) + 2.38
8. Mavi García (spa) + 2.39
9. Erica Magnaldi (ita) s.t.
10. Ricarda Bauernsfeind (ger) + 2.45

Race report
It’s very windy on the course, which causes the peloton to split after 35 kilometres. Leader Vollering winds up in the second group because of a toilet break. The gap is 1.15 minutes when the riders enter the Alto de Fuente de las Varas.

Van Vleuten sets such a fast pace that only Realini, Muzic, Magnaldi and Labous survive in her wheel. Vollering is trailing at 1.50 minutes at the summit.

Van Vleuten goes solo just before the intermediate sprint. Obviousy, she gains the times bonus of 6 seconds.

Realini rejoins Van Vleuten on the Puerto de Campo El Hayal. The duo reaches the summit 1.45 minutes ahead of the red jersey group.

The gap starts to come down in the last 12 kilometres with Reusser leading the chase group. Bauernfeind, Niewiadoma, Markus and Vollering herself are also taking turns. They catch Muzic, Labous and Magnaldi.

Realini outguns Van Vleuten in a photo finish sprint, while the World Champions is moves into the GC lead. The Vollering group crosses the line 1.04 minutes later.

Another interesting read: route 6th stage 2023 Vuelta Femenina.

La Vuelta Femenina 2023 stage 6: route & profile

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