How the Giro Donne 2022 GC battle looks after Stage 4

Stage 4 of the 2022 Giro Donne was an absolute belter. On paper, it looked like there might be a late attack with a launch pad climb just 10km from the finish. In reality, what we got was an absolutely gamechanger for the general classification.

Stage 4 Giro Donne GC Battle

After a quiet opening salvo which saw Franziska Brausser try and pick up a few more points in the QoM jersey, the 2nd climb of the day blew the race apart. Over its summit, Annemiek van Vleuten, Marta Cavalli and Mavi Garcia were the only 3 riders at the front of the race. Behind them was a group of other GC contenders, including a couple more like Elisa Longo Borghini trying to catch up and bridge back over.

After initially keeping the gap stable, the front trio broke the back of the chase and were left with no doubt that they were going to contest the stage victory.

On the final climb, Van Vleuten attacked, followed by Garcia and the pair managed to distance Cavalli. The pair worked well together once they stopped attacking each other. Cavalli was almost able to join back up, able to see the pair at one point but it wasn’t to be. Cavalli shipped time to the lead two riders all the way to the finish.

Van Vleuten took the pink jersey, the green mountains jersey went to Mavi Garcia and almost every other GC contender is now at least 5 minutes behind.

Annemiek van Vleuten
(Photo Credit: Sprint Cycling Agency)

Giro Donne 2022 GC ranking

RankRiderTeamTime gap
1Annemiek van VleutenMovistarLeader
2Mavi GarciaUAE Team ADQ+25″
3Marta CavalliFDJ-Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope+57″
4Elisa Longo BorghiniTrek Segafredo+5’00”
5Cecilie Uttrup LudwigFDJ-Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope+5’13”
6Amanda SprattBikeExchange-Jayco+5’14”
7Elise ChabbeyCanyon SRAM+5’21”
8Niamh Fisher-BlackSD Worx+5’28”
9Evita MuzicFDJ-Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope+5’29”
10Silvia PersicoValcar-Travel & Service+5’29”
11Erica MagnaldiUAE Team ADQ+6’10”
12Anouska KosterJumbo Visma+7’31”
13Soraya PaladinCanyon SRAM+7’38”
14Alena AmialiusikCanyon SRAM+7:46″
15Neve BradburyCanyon SRAM+8:29″
16Clara KoppenburgCofidis+8:46″
17Jelena EricMovistar+8:59″
18Hanna NilssonCeratizit WNT+10’36”
19Elisa BalsamoTrek Segafredo+11’02”
20Marianne VosJumbo Visma+11’05”

No longer unofficial, the actual top 20 after today’s stage have all earned their position after today’s test. Some notable GC riders who aren’t in the top-20 now include the likes of Juliette Labous in 23rd (+11’29”), Krista Doebel-Hickok in 33rd (+11:57″), Mikayla Harvey in 37th (+12’19”), Gaia Realini in 41st (+12’53”) and the former maglia rosa Kristen Faulkner in 42nd (+12’55”)