Rouleur predicts... Giro Rosa stage 6
Baddabing! Vos bosses stage 5, Van Vleuten stays in charge, Niewiadoma lurks, Uttrup Ludwig is utterly Cecilie. Stage 6 predictions...
Vos the Boss certainly bossed it on stage 5 to Terracina, the longest women's stage in recent history, smashing it in the bunch sprint. Same as it ever was...
Now then. Eyes down for the next instalment, a relatively brief 97km with a possibly race-defining lump to split up the contenders. Vai, vai!
Stage 6: Torre del Greco - Nola (97.5km)
Lizzie Deignan (Trek-Segafredo) So far trying to pick the winners of the stages has been a bit like bobbing for apples: the same few apples keep floating to the top and it’s just a question of getting our teeth into the right one on the right day. Stage 6 into Nola looks like a perfect opportunity for a strong breakaway. The steady but challenging climb before the downhill to the finish can act as a launchpad for someone who also descends well. I was impressed with Lizzy Deignan’s descending at La Course, and since she has lost a pretty good chunk of time by now, she could be allowed to get a gap, if she has the legs for it.