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Lauren Kitchen in the break in mountainous Giro Rosa stage six

Wiggle Honda Pro Cycling’s Lauren Kitchen positioned herself into the nine-rider breakaway group that escaped the peloton midway through the sixth stage of the Giro d’Italia Femminile – the Giro Rosa – and managed to build a lead of two minutes over the peloton. Unfortunately, the United States team of Maglia Rosa Mara Abbott pulled back the group before it could reach the foot of the final climb to the finish at San Domenico, where Abbott rode away to another solo victory and cemented her lead in the general classification.

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“It was a big day today, yeah, a good day,” said Kitchen afterwards. “It was pretty tough, but we wanted to go in and do something because of the mountaintop finish. We also wanted to save our legs a bit for tomorrow, but we didn’t want to throw the stage away where we could have the jersey on TV, so we were keen to be represented.

“The whole team could have been in the break,” she continued. “Everybody was up at the front, riding really hard, and it just happened to be me today. So I got to ride 60km in front, which I don’t know is a good thing or a bad thing!

“Everyone in the breakaway rode really hard – we had nine in the group – and we rode really well together, but in the bunch the US team was chasing the whole time so the break never went more than two minutes. Which was still good, but they probably could have let it go a bit more, as there was no one in the break that would have threatened the GC.

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“It was good because it gave me a bit of a head start on the climb,” Kitchen explained. “Which meant I could take it a bit easy and not stress about time or anything, and save my legs a little bit for tomorrow.”

Once again, Linda Villumsen was the best placed Wiggle Honda Pro Cycling rider on the stage, in 18th place, and moves up to 16th place overall. Tomorrow’s seventh stage will feature eight laps of a flat 15km circuit in the town of Corbetta, to the west of Milan. With Wiggle Honda Pro Cycling’s former two-time World champion Giorgia Bronzini having taken one stage in the 2013 Giro, the black and orange team will work towards getting the 29-year-old Italian a second.

“We’re all pumped for tomorrow,” Kitchen confirmed. “Because it’s a perfect stage for Giorgia if everything goes right,” Kitchen confirmed. “It’s good that we’ve already done it in this Giro, so we know we can do it again.

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We’re all motivated for that, and some of the girls are really motivated for the time trial [on Sunday],” she added. “So hopefully we’ll finish on a high.”

Result
1. Mara Abbott (United States National Team)
2. Claudia Häusler (Team Tibco-To The Top)
3. Francesca Cauz (Top Girls Fassa Bortolo)

18. Linda Villumsen (Wiggle Honda Pro Cycling)

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