After being part of a successful late breakaway, Team Sunweb’s Ruth Winder has won the fifth stage of the Giro Rosa. Her first Women’s WorldTour win, she takes over the overall race lead and is the fourth rider from Team Sunweb to wear the Maglia Rosa during this year’s race.
After having Liane Lippert in the early breakaway, the race came back together before the climb and Team Sunweb looked to position Ruth Winder for the ascent. As the climb plateaued, Ruth Winder attacked and got away with two other riders. The group rode well together and managed to stay away until the line, with Team Sunweb marking the peloton behind the break. Ruth sprinted to the victory from the breakaway, taking over the overall race lead.
Ruth said: “For the first 80 kilometres we stayed safe and calm together in the bunch. We had Liane in the early break which was great and when that came back, we focused on positioning for the climb. The team did a really good job setting this up. I felt good over the top so we made it really hard and I put in attack and got away with two others. Coming into the sprint I had good legs and put my all in to take the win.”
Team Sunweb coach Hans Timmermans said: “We had Liane in an early break which was a good situation for us. They were caught back before the climb and we had full focus, watching for attacks. When they didn’t come, Ruth attacked on the plataeu and rode a strong final 25 kilometres, with the team covering the peloton behind. She stayed cool in the final and won the sprint from the break. It’s a huge bonus that she’s the fourth rider in the team to wear the Maglia Rosa.”