Giro d'Italia Donne 2006
Orvieto - Arezzo, 130km
It was another hot stage for the riders today. The race encountered its first real climbs, with two in the first 50km, then another just 8km from the finish. Although various riders tried attacks, no one was successful in staying away. Silvia Valsecchi (Nobili) managed to gain enough advantage on the chasing bunch that the commissaires sent the neutral service car in behind her, but she wasn't able to stay away.
The back of the race was split, by the climbs and crashes. The result was that several bunches finished together in Arezzo. Some of the slower finishers did not beat the time limit and will not be eligible to start Stage 5.
A group of twelve broke away with about 10km to go. These were the riders to contest the finale. Brandli and Slyusarea were both in the group. The sprint by Olga Slyusareva was another dominant display. Just as she did on Stage 3, she was able to sit up and raise her arms as crossed the line ahead of the others. Slyusareva clearly had this one sewn up as the small group sprinted up the long, wide finishing straight. The win puts the Russian road champion into the leader's pink jersey, thanks to time bonuses.
Stage 5 is a tough climber's stage. There are three laps of a circuit, including the climb at Montecarlo on the 29km circuit.
Olga Slyusareva "I dedicate this victory to my team-mates. They worked hard today to help me get this win. I want to try to defend my position until the end of the Giro."
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