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Annemiek van Vleuten of the Netherlands successfully defended her Giro Rosa title with a comfortable win after the race’s final stage in Udine, Italy.

Going into Sunday’s finale with a lead of almost four minutes, the 36-year-old could afford to finish 17 seconds back in 21st place in the 120km climb.

Marianne Vos, the last rider to retain the title – in 2012, won the final stage, her fourth win of the week.

Vos, who has won the race three times, finished 20th overall.

In addition to the overall race win, Van Vleuten will also take home the purple and green jerseys as winner of the points and mountain classifications.


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