After five days of Team Sunweb dominance at the Giro d’Italia Internazionale Femminile, Amanda Spratt dons the Maglia Rosa for Mitchelton-Scott after escaping on the sixth stage’s summit finish at Gerola Alta.

Wednesday’s 115km stage ended with a 15 km climb to the line, ascending at an average of 5.5%. It was the climbers turn to shine after five days of flat or rolling stages, and Mitchelton-Scott was ready to make the most of it. Amanda Spratt separated herself from a dwindling lead group to cross the finish line alone. Her speed up the climb was enough to put her at the top of the GC standings at the end of the day.

Behind, her Mitchelton-Scott teammate Annemiek van Vleuten marked Cervelo-Biglia’s Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio’s attempt to close down Spratt’s lead, before passing her at the line to take second on the stage. Moolman-Pasio would end up third and Megan Guarnier (Boels Dolmans) fourth at the front of a handful of riders.

First mountain finish of the Giro this year. Stage win and the Maglia Rosa. Today was a good day 😁. This really was such a TEAM effort. Special thanks to @gracieelvin @sar_roy @joliendhoore @jessallen1993 who have been doing bulk work the last days making sure Vleuty and I have been able to save as much energy as possible. Then on the climb @annemiekvanvleuten made a strong attack that set me up for my winning move. Thanks ladies! Happy I can repay them for the hard work the last days. Tomorrow is a 15kms uphill TT- I’m ready to keep fighting with my team 😊 📸 @gettyimages • • • • #giro #girorosa #girorosa18 #girorosa2018 #italy #uciwwt #womenscycling #stage6 #gerolaalta #winner #teamwork #magliarosa #specialfeeling #thanksteam

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After wearing the Maglia Rosa for two consecutive days, Leah Kirchman handed the pink jersey over to her  Team Sunweb teammate Ruth Winder going into Wednesday’s stage. Winder remains second on the GC leader board, 30 seconds behind Spratt. Kirchman slid down to ninth by the end of the day.

Karol-Ann Canuel (Boels-Dolmans) is the only other Canadian Woman in the race. Canuel currently sits 34th overall after finishing Wednesday’s stage in 38th. The Canadian is riding in support of her Boels-Dolmans teammate Megan Guarnier as she attempts to defend the team’s Giro Rosa title.

Boels-Dolmans won the 10-day stage race last year with Anna van der Breggen. The Dutch Olympic road race champion opted to race the Val di Sole cross country mountain bike World Cup in Italy instead of defending her Giro Rosa title. Van der Breggen finished 30th in her first ever World Cup XCO appearance.

Giro Rosa: Stage 6 Results (Top 40)

1 142 SPRATT Amanda
AUS
MITCHELTON SCOTT 31 2:57’49 25
2 141 VAN VLEUTEN Annemiek
NED
MITCHELTON SCOTT 36 2:58’18 20
3 82 MOOLMAN-PASIO Ashleigh
RSA
CERVELO – BIGLA PRO CYCLING TEAM 33 2:58’20 18
4 4 GUARNIER Megan
USA
BOELS DOLMANS CYCLINGTEAM 33 2:58’21 16
5 15 SANTESTEBAN GONZALEZ Ane
ESP
ALE CIPOLLINI 28 2:58’21 14
6 132 GARCIA CAÑELLAS Margarita Victo
ESP
MOVISTAR TEAM WOMEN 34 2:58’21 12
7 71 NIEWIADOMA Katarzyna
POL
CANYON // SRAM RACING 24 2:58’23 10
8 222 STULTIENS Sabrina
NED
WAOWDEALS PRO CYCLING TEAM 25 2:58’24 8
9 171 BRAND Lucinda
NED
TEAM SUNWEB 29 2:58’24 6
10 83 LUDWIG Cecilie Uttrup
DEN
CERVELO – BIGLA PRO CYCLING TEAM 23 2:58’24 4
11 135 MERINO CORTAZAR Eider
ESP
MOVISTAR TEAM WOMEN 24 2:58’24
12 121 GILLOW Shara
AUS
FDJ NOUVELLE – AQUITAINE FUTUROSCOPE 31 2:59’26
13 211 PALADIN Asja
ITA
VALCAR PBM 24 2:59’26
14 43 MAGNALDI Erica
ITA
BEPINK 26 2:59’26
15 202 HAMMES Kathrin
GER
TREK – DROPS 29 2:59’26
16 152 VYSOTSKA Yevgeniya
UKR
S.C. MICHELA FANINI 43 2:59’30
17 177 WINDER Ruth
USA
TEAM SUNWEB 25 2:59’38
18 196 QUAGLIOTTO Nadia
ITA
TOP GIRLS FASSA BORTOLO 21 2:59’38
19 173 KIRCHMANN Leah
CAN
TEAM SUNWEB 28 2:59’58
20 16 PALADIN Soraya
ITA
ALE CIPOLLINI 25 3:00’35
21 62 BUJAK Eugenia
SLO
BTC CITY LJUBLJANA 29 3:00’36
22 233 FAHLIN Emilia
SWE
WIGGLE HIGH5 30 3:00’36
23 231 LONGO BORGHINI Elisa
ITA
WIGGLE HIGH5 27 3:00’40
24 161 POTOKINA Anna
RUS
SERVETTO – STRADALLI CYCLE – ALURECYCLING 31 3:00’47
25 133 JASINSKA Malgorzata
POL
MOVISTAR TEAM WOMEN 34 3:00’51
26 52 CHRISTMAS Danielle
GBR
BIZKAIA DURANGO – EUSKADI MURIAS 31 3:00’51
27 226 KOSTER Anouska
NED
WAOWDEALS PRO CYCLING TEAM 25 3:00’51
28 134 LLAMAS GARCIA Lorena
ESP
MOVISTAR TEAM WOMEN 31 3:00’58
29 31 BERTIZZOLO Sofia
ITA
ASTANA WOMEN’S TEAM 21 3:01’02
30 234 RITTER Martina
AUT
WIGGLE HIGH5 36 3:01’11
31 201 WILES Tayler
USA
TREK – DROPS 29 3:01’19
32 206 CHRISTIAN Anna
GBR
TREK – DROPS 23 3:01’22
33 66 PINTAR Urska
SLO
BTC CITY LJUBLJANA 33 3:01’53
34 61 BATAGELJ Polona
SLO
BTC CITY LJUBLJANA 29 3:01’53
35 25 LAIZANE Lija
LAT
AROMITALIA VAIANO 25 3:02’15
36 184 AALERUD Katrine
NOR
TEAM VIRTU CYCLING 24 3:02’33
37 5 PIETERS Amy
NED
BOELS DOLMANS CYCLINGTEAM 27 3:02’44
38 3 CANUEL Karol-Ann
CAN
BOELS DOLMANS CYCLINGTEAM 30 3:02’44
39 215 MUCCIOLI Dalia
ITA
VALCAR PBM 25 3:03’14
40 1 MAJERUS Christine
LUX
BOELS DOLMANS CYCLINGTEAM 31 3:03’14

Giro Rosa GC Standings after Stage 6

1 142 SPRATT Amanda
AUS
MITCHELTON SCOTT 31 15:38’44 5
2 177 WINDER Ruth
USA
TEAM SUNWEB 25 15:39’14
3 141 VAN VLEUTEN Annemiek
NED
MITCHELTON SCOTT 36 15:39’17
4 171 BRAND Lucinda
NED
TEAM SUNWEB 29 15:39’24
5 82 MOOLMAN-PASIO Ashleigh
RSA
CERVELO – BIGLA PRO CYCLING TEAM 33 15:39’42
6 83 LUDWIG Cecilie Uttrup
DEN
CERVELO – BIGLA PRO CYCLING TEAM 23 15:39’50
7 71 NIEWIADOMA Katarzyna
POL
CANYON // SRAM RACING 24 15:40’00
8 4 GUARNIER Megan
USA
BOELS DOLMANS CYCLINGTEAM 33 15:40’33
9 173 KIRCHMANN Leah
CAN
TEAM SUNWEB 28 15:40’52
10 222 STULTIENS Sabrina
NED
WAOWDEALS PRO CYCLING TEAM 25 15:41’15
11 135 MERINO CORTAZAR Eider
ESP
MOVISTAR TEAM WOMEN 24 15:41’53
12 15 SANTESTEBAN GONZALEZ Ane
ESP
ALE CIPOLLINI 28 15:41’55
13 231 LONGO BORGHINI Elisa
ITA
WIGGLE HIGH5 27 15:42’23
14 132 GARCIA CAÑELLAS Margarita Victo
ESP
MOVISTAR TEAM WOMEN 34 15:42’26
15 202 HAMMES Kathrin
GER
TREK – DROPS 29 15:42’27
16 211 PALADIN Asja
ITA
VALCAR PBM 24 15:42’28
17 43 MAGNALDI Erica
ITA
BEPINK 26 15:43’03
18 152 VYSOTSKA Yevgeniya
UKR
S.C. MICHELA FANINI 43 15:43’15
19 201 WILES Tayler
USA
TREK – DROPS 29 15:43’18
20 121 GILLOW Shara
AUS
FDJ NOUVELLE – AQUITAINE FUTUROSCOPE 31 15:43’26
21 31 BERTIZZOLO Sofia
ITA
ASTANA WOMEN’S TEAM 21 15:43’44
22 16 PALADIN Soraya
ITA
ALE CIPOLLINI 25 15:43’59
23 62 BUJAK Eugenia
SLO
BTC CITY LJUBLJANA 29 15:44’27
24 134 LLAMAS GARCIA Lorena
ESP
MOVISTAR TEAM WOMEN 31 15:44’27
25 196 QUAGLIOTTO Nadia
ITA
TOP GIRLS FASSA BORTOLO 21 15:45’17
26 52 CHRISTMAS Danielle
GBR
BIZKAIA DURANGO – EUSKADI MURIAS 31 15:45’19
27 172 VAN DIJK Ellen
NED
TEAM SUNWEB 31 15:45’34
28 161 POTOKINA Anna
RUS
SERVETTO – STRADALLI CYCLE – ALURECYCLING 31 15:46’05
29 234 RITTER Martina
AUT
WIGGLE HIGH5 36 15:46’07
30 184 AALERUD Katrine
NOR
TEAM VIRTU CYCLING 24 15:46’23
31 5 PIETERS Amy
NED
BOELS DOLMANS CYCLINGTEAM 27 15:46’30
32 214 CONFALONIERI Maria Giulia
ITA
VALCAR PBM 25 15:46’42
33 54 GONZALEZ BLANCO Lucia
ESP
BIZKAIA DURANGO – EUSKADI MURIAS 28 15:46’48
34 3 CANUEL Karol-Ann
CAN
BOELS DOLMANS CYCLINGTEAM 30 15:46’49
35 133 JASINSKA Malgorzata
POL
MOVISTAR TEAM WOMEN 34 15:47’00
36 104 RATTO Rossella
ITA
CYLANCE PRO CYCLING 25 15:47’11
37 174 LABOUS Juliette
FRA
TEAM SUNWEB 20 15:47’20
38 51 ARZUFFI Alice Maria
ITA
BIZKAIA DURANGO – EUSKADI MURIAS 24 15:47’28
39 66 PINTAR Urska
SLO
BTC CITY LJUBLJANA 33 15:47’36
40 206 CHRISTIAN Anna
GBR
TREK – DROPS 23 15:48’33

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