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Marianne Vos: “It feels like a privilege”

The female peloton joined the big family of the Tour 40 years ago, in June 1984. Six Dutch riders clad in „Oranje“ flexed their muscles and claimed six of the top eight spots in the opening stage, with Mieke Havik leading the charge. The insatiable „Oranje“ pioneers would go on to take fifteen stage wins in that historic edition. Several generations have since had their day in the sun, but Dutch talent has always remained a sight to behold. Looking back on this epic saga in the run-up to the Grand Départ of the Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift in Rotterdam, the official website letourfemmes.fr has sat down to talk with some of the stars —past, present and future— of this tale.

For two decades, Marianne Vos has been a unique icon, embodying Oranje excellence and globally shining with all colours. On the road, in velodromes and thanks to her cyclo-cross skills, the Dutch star has claimed 12 Elite rainbow jerseys and countless accolades. Recent weeks have seen her excel in red, white and green in La Vuelta Femenina by Carrefour.es and the Volta a Catalunya Femenina, in line with a strong Classics campaign. Vos is a Queen, on and off the bike. So it only felt natural for the world of cycling to celebrate her with the Maillot Jaune in the Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift 2022. After illness hindered her ambitions last year, she returns for more conquests with a home start in the Netherlands.

Marianne Vos (Netherlands)

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Born in ’s-Hertogenbosch on 13 May 1987
Road Race Olympic Champion (2012)
Track Olympic Champion (2008)
Road World Champion (2006, 2012, 2013)
Cyclo-cross World Champion (2006, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2022)
Track World Champion (2011)
Winner of 2 stages of the Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift (2022)
Winner of La Course by Le Tour de France (2014, 2019)
Winner of La Flèche Wallonne Femmes (2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2013)

You’ve had a very strong first part of the season. How good do you feel so far in 2024?
The first part of the season, with the Spring classics and the Vuelta, gave me some good sensations, good feelings, and we had some really nice results with the team. Obviously, that makes me very happy and of course that’s something I would like to continue in the second part of the season… And a big part of the second part of the year is the Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift!

How do you approach your goals in this busy Summer?
I’ve just been selected for the Olympics. The combination with the Olympics and the Tour de France avec Zwift one week later makes a block of racing that I target and I will try to be at my very best. I have to say the Tour, wherever and whenever it starts, is always a big goal for any rider at the start. But as a Dutch rider in a Dutch team, we feel some extra motivation to do well with the start in the Netherlands.

You’ve known the Olympics for your whole career and the Tour in recent years. How big an impact did it have since 2022?
Whoa! Since the moment we started with La Course, in 2014, we’ve seen a big rise in women cycling and being part of the Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift has been very important in this development. Now, the growth of women cycling continues. Two years ago, we saw a worldwide interest for women cycling and the activations from teams and sponsors have been huge. Of course, it’s difficult to say what comes first. Are people interested because of the media coverage and the broadcast? Is it the racing that attracted attention and led to this growth? Anyway, it has been incredible over the last years and it’s obvious the Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift has made a big impact there. I’m pretty curious what this year will bring. It’s always difficult to compare races but it’s really interesting to have the Olympics and the Tour in a very short time this year.

And on a personal level, how do you look back at the first two editions and especially 2022?
Everybody was really looking forward to racing this first Tour, the excitement was high and it made for intense and exciting racing. With the team, we wanted to go for a stage win. We were really happy when we did it and then the satisfaction was even bigger with a second stage win, wearing the yellow jersey and taking home the green jersey. For us, as a team, it was really a fantastic Tour de France. And last year… Of course, in sports, sometimes things work out the way you want it and sometimes it’s not meant to be but it’s still a beautiful race and the Tour will always be a goal to go for.
You’re a Dutch leader with a Dutch team and we’ve seen lots of success from your country in the Tour de France Femmes. How advanced are the Netherlands when it comes to women’s cycling?
Looking at international races, it’s fantastic to see different Dutch riders and teams do well and perform on the highest level. Of course, it helps grow the sport, because little boys and girls see the riders do really well and the riders stimulate each other to be at their really best. So it’s really cool to see this in different cycling disciplines. But it doesn’t mean that it will always stay like this, you have to keep on pushing and trying to stay at this level.

Annemiek van Vleuten says she was inspired when she saw you wear the Maillot Jaune… What did it represent for you that she won the 2022 Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift?
This edition will forever be something to remember, for me personally, but also as a first in the history books. Annemiek was outstanding for the whole season and I think it’s really cool to have her in this list of winners. She didn’t have the easiest week but she brought it home with panache and with her strength that we all know.
Are you ready to welcome the Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift in the Netherlands?
I’m really excited! Of course, it’s gonna be exciting, but also a bit weird, to have the Tour de France at home… So I’m very curious as to what we’re gonna see in August. But I’m hoping to have a lot of Dutch fans along the course and let’s hope it’s gonna be a big festivity and a big celebration of cycling in the Netherlands.

How well do you know the area of the first few stages?
I have done a recon with friends so we’ve seen the course but it’s not a region that I know very well. It’s not my training area or whatever. The world of cycling is more familiar with Limburg, where we also go with the Valkenburg – Liège stage. These are roads we all know with the Amstel Gold Race and Liège-Bastogne-Liège. The first three stages will be more a showcase of the Dutch river landscape, with the windmills and all of that. It should also bring action and I hope for good racing.

You’ve attended the Tour de France as a spectator on the Alpe d’Huez. What does it mean to go there to race the Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift?
Alpe d’Huez is one of the most famous climbs of the Tour de France and we used to go watch the men’s race every year with my family, to cheer on the riders. To race the Tour de France was not a dream at the time, it was not a possibility. It’s really special and it feels like a privilege to race the Tour de France. I don’t know how I’ll feel about riding the Alpe d’Huez on the last stage [she laughs] but it’s definitely a fantastic finale and I also hope to see many spectators riding up the Alpe d’Huez.

2026 GRAND DÉPART: THE CROWNING GLORY OF BARCELONA

Key points:
 The Mayor of Barcelona, Jaume Collboni, hosted the director of the Tour de France, Christian Prudhomme, at an official ceremony held this morning to announce that the 113th edition will get under way in the Catalan capital on Saturday, 4th July 2026.
 The host city of the 1992 Olympic Games has already rolled out the red carpet for the Tour de France on three occasions (1957, 1965 and 2009). It also provided the backdrop for the opening of the Vuelta in 2023. The 2026 route will feature two stages inside Catalonia and the start of a stage finishing on French soil.

South we go. The venue chosen for the Grand Départ of the 2026 Tour de France will set a new record in the history of the event, as Barcelona, straddling the 41st parallel, will edge out Porto-Vecchio as the southernmost start of the race by a dozen minutes of latitude.
The Grande Boucle has already graced the streets of the Catalan capital, most recently in 2009, when Thor Hushovd outsprinted the Spanish speedsters Óscar Freire and José Joaquín Rojas to take stage6 right next to Montjuïc Stadium. Since that fleeting Spanish sojourn, the Tour has gone through the wild experience of a Grand Départ in the Basque Country in 2023 and is now gearing up for another equally intense adventure on the shores of the Mediterranean. The Grande Boucle will share a momentous occasion with the people of Barcelona, as the Sagrada Família is slated to finally reach completion in 2026. The cathedral, whose silhouette has become an iconic symbol of Barcelona, sprang from the brilliant mind of the architect Antoni Gaudí, who adorned the city with numerous buildings and part of his whimsical spirit before he died, as fate would have it, in 1926.

Barcelona is a global architecture hub and a nexus of sport in Spain. Long before the 1992 Olympic Games, Montjuïc Hill was the scene of a street circuit that hosted events such as the Formula1 Spanish GP in the 1970s. Even more importantly, the city is the focal point of one of the oldest and most prestigious races on the cycling calendar: the Volta a Catalunya, first held in 1911. The Vuelta a España has visited Barcelona 40 times over the years, including two starts in 1962 and 2023. French fans of a certain age will no doubt recall a blink-and-you-miss-it 3.8km time trial in 1978, which Bernard Hinault won en route to his first Vuelta a España triumph.

There is something for the tifosi too, with Felice Gimondi’s world championship victory here in 1973, as well as the poignant memory of Fabio Casartelli’s Olympic gold in 1992. The Belgian Claude Criquielion topped the podium when the Worlds returned to Barcelona in 1984. Meanwhile, Spanish cycling maniacs will remember one of their all-time greats, Alejandro Valverde, and his two stage wins in Barcelona in the Volta a Catalunya, a race he won four times. Last but not least, Catalan aficionats have plenty of time to watch the local talent Juan Ayuso continue developing into an even finer rider, primed to shine on home roads in 2026.

Tour de France stages in Barcelona
2009
Stage 6 , Girona > Barcelona, 181.5km (Thor Hushovd, NOR)
Stage 7, Barcelona > Andorra Arcalís, 224km (Brice Feillu, FRA)
1965
Stage 11 , Ax-les-Thermes > Barcelona, 240km (José Pérez Francés, ESP)
Stage12 , Barcelona > Perpignan, 219km (Jan Janssen, NED)
1957
Stage 15a , Perpignan > Barcelona, 197 km (René Privat, FRA)
Stage 15b , Barcelona > Barcelona, 9.6km ITT (Jacques Anquetil, FRA)
Stage 16 , Barcelona > Ax-les-Thermes, 220km (Jean Bourlès, FRA)

GRAND DÉPART 2025 : THE TOUR DE FRANCE IN THE LAND OF THE GIANTS

Key points:
 The beginning to the 112th edition of the Tour de France has been presented at a press conference in Lille, the administrative centre of the Nord department. In 2025, the Grand Départ will focus on the qualities of the entire Hauts-de-France region, the Nord department and the European metropolis of Lille.

 The date of 5th July has been set for the first stage, whose route will form a loop around Lille. Next, the Pas-de-Calais department will have pride of place as the pack crosses it from east to west between Lauwin-Planque and Boulogne-sur-Mer. After that, the pack will then set off from Valenciennes, which makes its return to the route of the Tour after a 34-year absence. Dunkirk, which hosted the Grand Départ in 2001 as well as a stage start on the Tour in 2022 will be welcoming the finish of the third stage. Lastly, the start in Amiens will be the last opportunity to thank the inhabitants of the Hauts-de-France region for their welcome, before the Tour heads off to new horizons.

Northern France will be welcoming new giants. A far cry from the imposing puppets we are used to seeing at carnivals, fairs, special street markets or on Paris-Roubaix, these 176 ones will be of human size and riding bikes, ready to do battle through the plains, valleys and mountains of France. Northern France knows all about cycling giants: 2 winners (Maurice Garin, an adopted northerner, in 1903, and Henri Cornet in 1904); 7 Yellow Jersey wearers (Jean Alavoine in 1922, Amédée Fournier in 1939, José Catieau in 1973, Martial Gayant in 1987, Cédric Vasseur in 1997, Laurent Desbiens in 1998 and Christophe Moreau in 2001); plus a legend in Jean Stablinski, with more 100 professional victories including 5 stages on the Tour de France between 1957 and 1967, a world championship title (1962) and four French championship titles (1960, 1962, 1963 and 1964).

For the 5th time, the Tour de France will set off from this cycling-mad region, the cradle of Paris-Roubaix. In 2001, for the most recent Grand Départ, from Dunkirk, Christophe Moreau grabbed the Yellow Jersey on completion of the prologue. This time, on a regular stage, the battle for the first Yellow Jersey of the race will be fought at high speed and the victor will have to be on top form to triumph in the land of the giants.

The European metropolis of Lille, the first site to host this Grand Départ, will also be the site for the edition’s first finish. On a stage that will form a loop around Lille, the wind will be a decisive factor: on roads open to the elements, the riders will have to be on their guard to avoid getting caught out. The fight for the best climber’s jersey should act as a curtain raiser for the battle for the Yellow Jersey: the slopes of Notre-Dame-de-Lorette, Mont Cassel (via its cobbled side) and the Mont Noir, forty kilometres from the finishing line, will be in the sights of the first breakaways of the edition. The sprinters will probably battle it out for victory at the end of a one kilometre-long straight, at the foot of the citadel.

The following day, the peloton will leave the Nord department to cross through the Pas-de-Calais for a very tough finale on the Côte d’Opale before the fight for stage victory in Boulogne-sur-Mer. The end of this second stage, which is tailor made for punchers, will be no easy task for the previous day’s winner if he is a pure sprinter. In addition to the upwardly inclined final straight, the slopes at Saint-Etienne-au-Mont and Outreau, located less than ten kilometres from the finishing line, mean it is very likely the pack’s tough guys will be battling for the stage win.

The race will return to the Nord department on 7th July for the last stage that will take place entirely within the confines of the Hauts-de-France region. Between Valenciennes and Dunkirk, watchfulness and tension in the peloton should be the order of the day. The start from Valenciennes and the first part of the stage do not hold any particular difficulty in store, unlike the finish, as the race nears Dunkirk, which could prove to be extremely tricky. Following the intermediate sprint at Isbergues, well-known to cycling aficionados, the route due north to the Côte de Cassel slope and then the finish of the stage promise to be spectacular if the wind invites itself to the party. On Tuesday 8th July, in Amiens, the historical capital of Picardy, it will be time for the Tour to leave the Hauts-de-France region for an as yet unknown destination…

The first four stages of the Tour de France 2025 :

. Saturday, July 5th, Stage 1: Lille Métropole > Lille Métropole, 185 km
. Sunday, July 6th stage 2: Lauwin-Planque > Boulogne-sur-Mer, 209 km
. Monday, July 7th, stage 3: Valenciennes > Dunkerque, 172 km
. Tuesday, July 8th, stage 4: Amiens > ?

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TOUR DE FRANCE, 111th EDITION : A SET OF ACES ON TOP OF THE BILL

Key points:
 The details of the Tour de France 2024, which will be held from 29 June to 21 July, were revealed by Christian Prudhomme in front of almost 4,000 spectators at the Palais des Congrès in Paris. As its title suggests, the 111th edition will feature a series of firsts, starting with the Grand Départ, which for the first time will be held in Italy, in Florence, then head to Emilia-Romagna for the finish of stage one in Rimini.

 The quest for the Yellow Jersey will continue as soon as the race enters France, with a stage that will take the peloton to the Col du Galibier on stage four, then on the white paths around Troyes, in a time trial in Burgundy over the Massif Central at Le Lioran, the Pyrenees at the Plateau de Beille on 14 July; and again in the Southern Alps, where they will have to beat an altitude record at the Cime de la Bonnette.

 The race for the overall victory may not be settled after the battle of the summits and could even come to an end on the final stage, which for the first time will finish somewhere other than Paris, precisely between Monaco and Nice for a 34-kilometre time trial. A litmus test that will resolve all questions.

 At the Place Masséna, just a stone’s throw from the Promenade des Anglais, the winner will be presented with a trophy in a new format featuring the Yellow Jersey to be shared with his teammates!

An Italian-style start has never been seen before in the Tour de France. The riders expected in Florence can already guess the tone of the opening stage, with the road to Rimini allowing them to pay tribute to the memory of Gino Bartali and a cumulative climb of 3,600 metres… the mountains before the mountains. The stay in the country of the late Toto Cutugno lends itself to early clashes between the favourites, as does the entry into France, almost immediately followed by an ascent of the Col du Galibier before the finish in Valloire. A difficult excursion to 2,642 metres above sea level on day four of the race: the peloton has never climbed so high so early. While the contenders for the green jersey will have a fine opportunity to show their mettle in the second half of the week in Saint-Vulbas (stage 5) and Dijon (stage 6), all eyes will be on the contenders for yellow in the heart of the Burgundy vineyards for a clash of „grand cru“ rouleurs between Nuits-Saint-Georges and Gevrey-Chambertin (stage 7). Both groups will be called upon to battle through the dust and small stones around Troyes for the first introduction of several white roads (32.2km in total) on the Tour route (stage 9).

The festival of summits will continue at modest altitudes but on fearsome slopes because to reach Le Lioran victorious (stage 11), it will be necessary to excel on the climbs to Puy Mary Pas de Peyrol via the Col de Néronne, then on the road to the Col de Pertus. The best climbers will be called upon again, three days later and a step above, for two finishes on the peaks of the Pyrenees: at the end of a dynamic stage at Saint-Lary-Soulan Pla d’Adet (stage 14), then the next day for a 198 km marathon with 4,850m of D+ finishing at the Plateau de Beille (stage 15).

The southern option will be explored for the Tour 2024’s second visit to the Alps, with a new climb starting at Superdévoluy, the finish of stage 17. Next on the programme will be a climbing section likely to shake up the hierarchy from top to bottom on a day when the riders will climb above 2,000 metres three times. With the first return to the Cime de la Bonnette (2,802 metres) since 2008, the altitude record will be equalled on the highest tarmac road in France. The finish of stage 19 will be at Isola 2000, but nothing will be settled yet as the stage for a major rematch will be set over the 133 km between Nice and the Col de la Couillole, with the Col de Turini and the Col de la Colmiane to be climbed in between (stage 20). Depending on the distribution of roles on the morning of 21 July, the first final finish of the Tour organised far from Paris could well give rise to a doubly historic epilogue, as the Yellow Jersey has not changed shoulders on the final day since 1989 and Greg LeMond’s eight-second victory over Laurent Fignon. The battle of the last chance will take place between Monaco and Nice in a 34-kilometre showdown.

BORA-hansgrohe Statements zur Strecke der Tour de France 2024

Die Tour de France verläuft 2024 auf rund 3500 Kilometern. Erstmals startet sie in Italien und auch das Finale in Nizza ist eine Tour-Premiere. Dazwischen liegen viele Zeitfahr- und Gravel-Kilometer sowie mehr als 50000 Höhenmeter.

Kurz nach der Streckenpräsentation gab Ralph Denk, Team Manager BORA – hansgrohe, seine Ersteinschätzung: „Auf den ersten Blick ist es eine ausgewogene Tour de France. Für die Fans ist es spannend, dass sich die GC-Favoriten gleich in der ersten Woche zeigen müssen und wahrscheinlich erst beim Schlusszeitfahren die Entscheidung über Gelb fällt. Unseren Plänen kommen die zwei Zeitfahren und vielen Höhenmeter entgegen. Dass ich kein Fan von Pflaster- und Gravelsektoren in Grand Tours bin, ist bekannt. Dafür gibt es meiner Meinung nach die Klassiker.“

Statements zur Strecke der Tour de France 2024

Die Tour de France verläuft 2024 auf rund 3500 Kilometern. Erstmals startet sie in Italien und auch das Finale in Nizza ist eine Tour-Premiere. Dazwischen liegen viele Zeitfahr- und Gravel-Kilometer sowie mehr als 50000 Höhenmeter.

Kurz nach der Streckenpräsentation gab Ralph Denk, Team Manager BORA – hansgrohe, seine Ersteinschätzung: „Auf den ersten Blick ist es eine ausgewogene Tour de France. Für die Fans ist es spannend, dass sich die GC-Favoriten gleich in der ersten Woche zeigen müssen und wahrscheinlich erst beim Schlusszeitfahren die Entscheidung über Gelb fällt. Unseren Plänen kommen die zwei Zeitfahren und vielen Höhenmeter entgegen. Dass ich kein Fan von Pflaster- und Gravelsektoren in Grand Tours bin, ist bekannt. Dafür gibt es meiner Meinung nach die Klassiker.“

Rolf Aldag, Head of Sports bei BORA – hansgrohe, hat die Strecke bereits analysiert: „Wir wissen, dass der Tour-Start immer nervös ist. Jetzt kommt dazu, dass er auch sportlich sehr schwer ist. Um ganz gezielt zu planen, werden wir uns die Italien-Etappen ganz sicher anschauen. Es wird im Frühjahr genügend Möglichkeiten rund um Paris-Nizza und Tirreno-Adriatico geben, um unsere Hausaufgaben zu machen.“

„Es wird kein langes Abwarten – Etappe 4 ist schon schwer. Als GC-Fahrer reicht es nicht, zu Beginn nur bei 90% zu sein. Es ist zwar ein alter Spruch, aber hier gilt er: An diesem Tag kannst Du die Tour noch nicht gewinnen, aber schon ganz früh verlieren. Danach folgt ein ungewöhnliches Hin und Her. Es ist keine typische Runde durch Frankreich im oder gegen den Uhrzeigersinn. Es ist eher ein Alpen-Pyrenäen-Alpen-Wechsel.“

„Die Zeitfahren sind beide schwer. Streckenkenntnis, Pacing-Strategie, Materialwahl – alles wird sehr wichtig. Gerade das Schlusszeitfahren ist unrhythmisch, berghoch aus Monaco raus und bergrunter nach Nizza rein. Es kann ein Vorteil sein, dass viele Rennfahrer dort wohnen und den Kurs kennen.“

„Die letzte Woche ist echt anspruchsvoll und bietet viele Chancen für eine Vorentscheidung. Wer hier schon die Chance hat, Zeit gutzumachen, wird sie auch nutzen und so der Entscheidung am Schlusstag aus dem Weg gehen.“

„Die Tour 2024 hat einige extrem hohe Berge. Es wird viel über 2000 Meter gefahren. Wer kommt in dieser Höhe gut zurecht? Das sind nicht viele Fahrer und gerade der Schritt an die 2000 Meter-Marke macht ganz oft einen Unterschied bei den Kletterern. Wir werden uns darauf einstellen, die Höhentrainingslager in der Vorbereitung werden jetzt noch wichtiger.“

Franz Klammer: „Galls Etappensieg wie Olympia-Gold“


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Gestern wurde der 25-jährige Osttiroler Felix Gall in seiner Heimatgemeinde Nußdorf-Debant gebührend gefeiert. 600 Radfans begleiteten ihn bei der „Tour de Gall“ in gelben Trikots von Lienz in seine Heimatgemeinde, wo ihn über 3.000 BesucherInnen feierten. Dem Gewinner der Königsetappe der Tour de France wurde als einem der ganz wenigen Sommersportler der Geschichte Tirols die Ehre eines „Landesempfangs“ zuteil.

Der Lienzer Hauptplatz war voll, als sich über 600 Radfans von Felix Gall gestern um 18:45 Uhr auf den Weg in dessen Heimatgemeinde Nußdorf-Debant machten. Kinder begleiteten ihn, ebenso ältere Semester, auf Rennrädern, Mountainbikes oder Waffenrädern. Die 600 Radfans wurden mit einem Gelben Trikot von der Tour de France ausgestatttet – zur Verfügung gestellt vom TVB Osttirol – und zogen nach dem Startschuss von Bürgermeisterin Elisabeth Blanik Richtung Debanttal. Auch Landeshauptmann Anton Mattle radelte mit Felix Gall, ebenso wie die Ex-Radgrößen Helmut Wechselberger, Thomas Rohregger und Wolfgang Steinmayr. Sie alle wurden im Agunstadion in Nußdorf-Debant von zahlreichen Fans erwartet. Ermöglicht wurde der atemberaubende Empfang von TVB-Obmann Franz Theurl und Bürgermeister Andreas Pfurner, die binnen zwei Wochen die komplette Organisation stemmten. Während die gesamte Veranstaltung im Livestream auf K19.at (Bericht in der Mediathek) zu sehen war, spielten die Marktmusikkapelle und die Schützenkompanie sowie Fahnenabordnungen der Tiroler Traditionsverbände eine tragende Rolle.

Felix Gall war überwältigt
Der Star des Abends blieb gefasst, war aber absolut überwältigt und meinte: „Schön langsam begreife ich, was ich ausgelöst habe. Mich freut es vor allem, dass so viele Kinder und Jugendliche dabei waren. Auch ich hatte damals Idole und begann so mit meinem Sport.“ Er war der Selfie-King des Abends und auch eineinhalb Stunden nach Ende des Empfangs saß er noch im Fußballstadion und schrieb fleißig Autogramme. „Felix ist als Sportler und Mensch für uns ein Glücksgriff und wir hoffen, wir konnten ihm mit diesem Empfang eine dementsprechende Anerkennung zukommen lassen“, sagten die Organisatoren Franz Theurl und Andreas Pfurner. unisono Landeshauptmann Mattle lobte Felix Gall als Idol für kommende Generationen.

Wenn Sportler etwas über Sportler erzählen, hat das Gewicht. Wenn Skilegende Franz Klammer etwas über einen Sportler sagt, dann vielleicht noch mehr. Klammer, der nächste Woche seine Tour de Franz begeht, lobte den Tour de France-Achten Felix Gall: „Felix hatte die Frechheit vorne wegzufahren und er war überzeugt von sich. Ich habe immer gehofft, dass er nicht einbricht, aber er wurde noch stärker in der letzten Woche. Sein Sieg auf der Königsetappe ist absolut mit einem Olympiasieg gleichzusetzen. Es fallen mir wenige vergleichbaren österreichischen Sportmomente ein“.

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Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift – 8. Etappe Pau – Pau – ITT – 22,6 Km

1 REUSSER Marlen SUI TEAM SD WORX 00:29:15
2 VOLLERING Demi NED TEAM SD WORX 00:10
3 KOPECKY Lotte BEL TEAM SD WORX 00:38
4 BROWN Grace AUS FDJ-SUEZ 00:40
5 MARKUS Riejanne NED TEAM JUMBO-VISMA 00:50
6 LABOUS Juliette FRA TEAM DSM-FIRMENICH 01:17
7 BARIL Olivia CAN UAE TEAM ADQ 01:18
8 GUAZZINI Vittoria ITA FDJ-SUEZ 01:21
9 NIEWIADOMA Katarzyna POL CANYON//SRAM RACING 01:23
10 BRAND Lucinda NED LIDL – TREK 01:30
11 CORDON RAGOT Audrey FRA HUMAN POWERED HEALTH 01:33
12 KRAAK Amber NED TEAM JUMBO-VISMA 01:34
13 HENDERSON Anna GBR TEAM JUMBO-VISMA 01:36
14 VAN VLEUTEN Annemiek NED MOVISTAR TEAM WOMEN 01:41
15 HOWE Georgina AUS TEAM JAYCO ALULA 01:41
16 DEMAY Coralie FRA ST MICHEL – MAVIC – AUBER93 01:50
17 SCHWEINBERGER Christina AUT FENIX-DECEUNINCK 01:51
18 PEPERKAMP Esmée NED TEAM DSM-FIRMENICH 01:53
19 DE JONG Thalita NED LIV RACING TEQFIND 01:56
20 BREDEWOLD Mischa NED TEAM SD WORX 02:03

Endstand:


Foto HERBERT MOOS

1 VOLLERING Demi NED TEAM SD WORX 25:17:35
2 KOPECKY Lotte BEL TEAM SD WORX 03:03
3 NIEWIADOMA Katarzyna POL CANYON//SRAM RACING 03:03
4 VAN VLEUTEN Annemiek NED MOVISTAR TEAM WOMEN 03:59
5 LABOUS Juliette FRA TEAM DSM-FIRMENICH 04:48
6 MOOLMAN PASIO Ashleigh RSA AG INSURANCE – SOUDAL QUICK-STEP TEAM 05:21
7 LUDWIG Cecilie DEN FDJ-SUEZ 09:09
8 SANTESTEBAN GONZALEZ Ane ESP TEAM JAYCO ALULA 09:36
9 BAUERNFEIND Ricarda GER CANYON//SRAM RACING 09:56
10 SPRATT Amanda AUS LIDL – TREK 10:14
11 MARKUS Riejanne NED TEAM JUMBO-VISMA 10:32
12 KERBAOL Cedrine FRA CERATIZIT – WNT PRO CYCLING TEAM 12:27
13 MAGNALDI Erica ITA UAE TEAM ADQ 13:51
14 PERSICO Silvia ITA UAE TEAM ADQ 14:00
15 KOPPENBURG Clara GER COFIDIS WOMEN TEAM 14:38
16 WYLLIE Ella NZL LIFEPLUS WAHOO 15:35
17 KRAAK Amber NED TEAM JUMBO-VISMA 17:11
18 STEELS Claire GBR ISRAEL PREMIER TECH ROLAND 17:21
19 CAVALLI Marta ITA FDJ-SUEZ 17:49
20 LIPPERT Liane GER MOVISTAR TEAM WOMEN 18:02

Vollering, Reusser and Kopecky – SD Worx take it all
Tour de France Femmes 2023 | Stage 8 | PAU > PAU

Team SD Worx completed their dominant Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift 2023 with an absolute triumph. Marlen Reusser powered to the stage win in the closing ITT of Pau, ahead of Demi Vollering, 2nd on the day but the winner of the Maillot Jaune after she conquered the Tourmalet on Saturday, and Lotte Kopecky, whose performances also bring her the second place in the overall standings! Kasia Niewiadoma (Canyon//Sram) delivered a strong performance but she finishes 3rd due to the split seconds recorded in the ITT. The Polish climber conquers the polka-dot jersey, while Kopecky wins the green jersey on top of her GC achievement. Cédrine Kerbaol (Ceratizit-WNT) is the best young rider and Yara Kastelijn (Fenix-Deceuninck) was named the Super Combative of the race.

Among the very first starters, the U23 ITT world champion Vittoria Guazzini (FDJ-Suez) immediately sets a strong reference: 30’36’’ to cover the 22.6km at an average speed of 44.3km/h. Anna Henderson (Jumbo Visma) is 3’’ faster at the intermediate point (km 12.1) but she can’t keep up with Guazzini’s pace all the way to the finish and eventually drops 15’’ on the line.

Brown and Reusser up the ante

The intensity rises with the starts of the Australian ITT champion Grace Brown (FDJ-Suez), a silver medallist in last year’s Worlds, and the European ITT champion Marlen Reusser (SD Worx), a bronze medallist in the Worlds. Brown is 35’’ faster than her teammate Guazzini after 12.1km… But Reusser starts even stronger, already putting 27’’ between herself and the Australian champ!

Brown eventually betters Guazzini’s reference by 40’’… But Reusser powers to the finish with an average of 51.8km/h in the last 10.5km to build the same gap to Brown and clock a time of 29’15’’ (46.3km/h).

Kopecky edges Niewiadoma by the smallest margin

The top-10 riders on GC begin their effort as Amanda Spratt (Lidl-Trek) sets off at 16:43. Demi Vollering (SD Worx) is the last rider off the ramp, at 17:01. But she’s the best of the GC contenders at the first intermediate point, only 12’’ behind Reusser, while Kopecky (+30’’) threatens Van Vleuten (+1’01’’). Niewiadoma is off to a strong start (+31’’).

In the end, Vollering seals the overall victory with a 2nd place in the ITT (+10’’). Kopecky (+37’’) makes it a 1-2-3 for SD Worx… And Niewiadoma eventually drops 1’22’’. Kopecky moves past her in the overall standings due to the split seconds recorded in the ITT (27 hundredths of a second for Kopecky vs 48 for Niewiadoma).

Felix Gall-Empfang auf Mittwoch, den 2.8.23, vorverlegt

Aufgrund einer äußerst schlechten Wetterprognose für Donnerstag, den 3. August, sehen wir uns veranlasst, den Empfang für Felix Gall auf Mittwoch, 2. August, vorzuverlegen.

Der Programmablauf bleibt unverändert. Zwischenzeitlich haben sich über 400 Teilnehmer:innen für die „Tour de Gall“, die als Demofahrt für den Radsport gedacht ist, angemeldet. „Ursprünglich hatten wir 400 „Gall-Shirts“ geordert. Damit finden wir nun nicht mehr das Auslangen und haben daher noch 200 Stück nachgeordert. Also können sich noch weitere Gall-Fans bis Dienstag, am 1. August, bis 24 Uhr anmelden“, erläutert TVB-Obann Franz Theurl.
Die Vorbereitungen auf den Empfang, verbunden mit der kurzfristigen Terminänderung, laufen auf Hochtouren und es werden sich keine Abweichungen zum ursprünglich vorgesehenen Programm ergeben. Es haben sich zahlreiche Ehrengäste und Radsportlegenden angesagt, die auch über die Terminänderung in Kenntnis gesetzt wurden. Es bleibt zu hoffen, dass sich die über 400 angemeldeten Teilnehmer:innen auf die kurzfristige Terminänderung einstellen können und damit zu einem würdigen Empfang für Felix Gall beitragen.

Schon im Jahr 2015 bereiteten der TVB Osttirol und die Marktgemeinde Nußdorf-Debant dem damals frischgebackenen Juniorenweltmeister einen schönen Empfang. Bürgermeister Ing. Andreas Pfurner und TVB Obmann Franz Theurl hoffen nun dies mit dem Mitwirken aller Teilnehmer und Akteure wiederholen zu können. Nähere Information gibt es unter www.osttirol.com oder unter www.dolomitensport.at.

Liveübertraung vom Gall-Empfang
Der Empfang für Felix Gall wird von K19 auch live produziert und übertragen. Für eine Online-Einbindung der Übertragung senden wir auch folgenden honorarfreien Embed Code. Die Übertragung startet am kommenden Mittwoch um 18:15 Uhr:

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Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift – 6. und 7. Etappe:

6. Etappe: Albi – Blagnac – 122 Km

1 NORSGAARD Emma DEN MOVISTAR TEAM 02:59:16
2 KOOL Charlotte NED TEAM DSM-FIRMENICH 00:01
3 KOPECKY Lotte BEL TEAM SD WORX 00:01
4 VOS Marianne NED TEAM JUMBO-VISMA 00:01
5 PALADIN Soraya ITA CANYON//SRAM RACING 00:01
6 CONSONNI Chiara ITA UAE TEAM ADQ 00:01
7 DE WILDE Julie BEL FENIX-DECEUNINCK 00:01
8 LACH Marta POL CERATIZIT-WNT PRO CYCLING 00:01
9 GUAZZINI Vittoria ITA FDJ-SUEZ 00:01
10 SKALNIAK-SÓJKA Agnieszka POL CANYON//SRAM RACING 00:01
11 ANDERSEN Susanne NOR UNO-X PRO CYCLING TEAM 00:01
12 BRAND Lucinda NED LIDL-TREK 00:01
13 JACKSON Alison CAN EF EDUCATION-TIBCO-SVB 00:01
14 CHABBEY Elise SUI CANYON//SRAM RACING 00:01
15 MARKUS Riejanne NED TEAM JUMBO-VISMA 00:01
16 VOLLERING Demi NED TEAM SD WORX 00:01
17 LIPPERT Liane GER MOVISTAR TEAM 00:01

Norsgaard Bjerg takes off to victory in Blagnac
Tour de France Femmes 2023 | Stage 6 | ALBI > BLAGNAC

Emma Norsgaard Bjerg (Movistar) was beautifully inspired by the previous attackers’ successes in the Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift 2023 as she powered to a thrilling success in Blagnac, at the end of a fast stage 6. The Dane is among the fastest riders in the bunch… And she decided to make the most of her raw power in the breakaway, joining Agnieszka Skalniak-Sojka (Canyon//Sram) and Sandra Alonso (Ceratizit-WNT) at the front of the race. The peloton almost came back… But for the third day in a row, an attacker claimed glory, as Charlotte Kool (DSM-Firmenich) dominated the sprint from the bunch and finished 2nd, 1’’ behind the 24 year-old day, who celebrated her birthday on Wednesday. After a fast and furious six days of racing, the riders head into the decisive final week-end of the race, with a summit finish at Col du Tourmalet on Saturday and the Pau ITT on Sunday.

7. Etappe: Lannemezan – Col du Tourmalet – 90 Km

1 VOLLERING Demi NED TEAM SD WORX 02:52:43
2 NIEWIADOMA Katarzyna POL CANYON//SRAM RACING 01:58
3 VAN VLEUTEN Annemiek NED MOVISTAR TEAM WOMEN 02:34
4 MOOLMAN PASIO Ashleigh RSA AG INSURANCE – SOUDAL QUICK-STEP TEAM 02:43
5 LABOUS Juliette FRA TEAM DSM-FIRMENICH 02:46
6 KOPECKY Lotte BEL TEAM SD WORX 03:32
7 SANTESTEBAN GONZALEZ Ane ESP TEAM JAYCO ALULA 05:24
8 CAVALLI Marta ITA FDJ-SUEZ 05:43
9 LUDWIG Cecilie DEN FDJ-SUEZ 05:46
10 BAUERNFEIND Ricarda GER CANYON//SRAM RACING 06:57
11 WYLLIE Ella NZL LIFEPLUS WAHOO 07:08
12 SPRATT Amanda AUS LIDL – TREK 07:12
13 LUDWIG Hannah GER UNO-X PRO CYCLING TEAM 07:52
14 KERBAOL Cedrine FRA CERATIZIT – WNT PRO CYCLING TEAM 07:52
15 MAGNALDI Erica ITA UAE TEAM ADQ 07:58
16 KOPPENBURG Clara GER COFIDIS WOMEN TEAM 07:58
17 MARKUS Riejanne NED TEAM JUMBO-VISMA 08:19
18 PERSICO Silvia ITA UAE TEAM ADQ 09:54
19 PEPERKAMP Esmée NED TEAM DSM-FIRMENICH 10:01
20 GARCIA Mavi ESP LIV RACING TEQFIND 10:55

Gesamt:

1 VOLLERING Demi NED TEAM SD WORX 24:48:10
2 NIEWIADOMA Katarzyna POL CANYON//SRAM RACING 01:50
3 VAN VLEUTEN Annemiek NED MOVISTAR TEAM WOMEN 02:28
4 KOPECKY Lotte BEL TEAM SD WORX 02:35
5 MOOLMAN PASIO Ashleigh RSA AG INSURANCE – SOUDAL QUICK-STEP TEAM 02:39
6 LABOUS Juliette FRA TEAM DSM-FIRMENICH 03:41
7 SANTESTEBAN GONZALEZ Ane ESP TEAM JAYCO ALULA 06:23
8 LUDWIG Cecilie DEN FDJ-SUEZ 06:42
9 BAUERNFEIND Ricarda GER CANYON//SRAM RACING 07:42
10 SPRATT Amanda AUS LIDL – TREK 08:18
11 MAGNALDI Erica ITA UAE TEAM ADQ 09:22
12 MARKUS Riejanne NED TEAM JUMBO-VISMA 09:52
13 KERBAOL Cedrine FRA CERATIZIT – WNT PRO CYCLING TEAM 10:06
14 PERSICO Silvia ITA UAE TEAM ADQ 11:24
15 GARCIA Mavi ESP LIV RACING TEQFIND 11:59
16 WYLLIE Ella NZL LIFEPLUS WAHOO 12:07
17 KOPPENBURG Clara GER COFIDIS WOMEN TEAM 12:34
18 CAVALLI Marta ITA FDJ-SUEZ 13:48
19 STEELS Claire GBR ISRAEL PREMIER TECH ROLAND 14:04
20 LIPPERT Liane GER MOVISTAR TEAM WOMEN 15:20

Vollering takes her climbing crown on Tourmalet
Tour de France Femmes 2023 | Stage 7 | LANNEMEZAN > TOURMALET BAGNÈRES-DE-BIGORRE

The queen stage of the Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift 2023 saw an all out battle over the Pyrenean summits. Annemiek van Vleuten (Movistar) already put the hammer down up Col d’Aspin, to try and wear down her rivals, but she couldn’t repeat her one-woman-show from last year, with Kasia Niewiadoma (Canyon//Sram) throwing everything she had in this fight, before Demi Vollering (SD Worx) surged on the iconic ascent of the Tourmalet. Through the mist, the Dutch star covered the last 5 kilometres on her own to open significant gaps on the line: 1’58’’ to Niewiadoma and 2’34’’ to Van Vleuten. Vollering also takes the Maillot Jaune on the eve of the closing ITT in Pau.

The higher summits of the Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift 2023 lie ahead of the 130 riders starting from Lannemezan (after they finished inside the GC top-10 last year, Elisa Longo Borghini and Veronica Ewers don’t start due to physical issues). And many riders are inspired according to the flurry of attacks on the way to the first ascent of the day, up to Col d’Aspin.

With an average of 41.6km/h all the way to km 48, Margot Pompanon (St Michel-Mavic-Auber93) and Susanne Andersen (Uno X) are the last attackers to be reeled right at the bottom of the climb.

Van Vleuten opens up the battle
Annemiek van Vleuten’s Movistar immediately set a strong pace that wears down the peloton. And the winner of the Tour 2022 puts the hammer down with 5km to go to the summit of the cat-1 ascent up Col d’Aspin (12km at 6.5%). Only Demi Vollering (SD Worx) and Kasia Niewiadoma (Canyon//Sram) can accompany her. At the summit, Lotte Kopecky, Marlen Reusser (SD Worx), Ashleigh Moolman Pasio (AG Insurance-Soudal Quick-Step), Juliette Labous (DSM-Firmenich), Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig, Marta Cavalli (FDJ-Suez), Ane Santesteban (Jayco-AlUla), Amanda Spratt (Lidl-Trek) trail by 45’’.

Niewiadoma accelerates on the downhill towards the final ascent of the day. Vollering and Van Vleuten look at each other. They’re eventually caught by the chasers, while Niewiadoma keeps pushing. She faces the HC ascent to Col du Tourmalet with a lead of 45’’.

Vollering flies through the mist
With Reusser setting the pace, the gap drops down to 5’’ with 12km to go. But the Swiss powerhouse is done with her work, and the gap increases again, up to 35’’ for the last 10km. Labous tries to attack several times. Vollering, Van Vleuten, Moolman Pasio and Kopecky match her moves.

Vollering eventually attacks with 5.5km to go. And nobody can react. Niewiadoma is caught 500 metres later and the Polich attacker can’t keep up with the pace set but the Dutch climber.
Through the mist, Vollering never looks back. And she celebrates an iconic success with significant gaps: 1’58’’ to Niewiadoma, 2’34’’ to Van Vleuten, 2’43’’ to Moolman Pasio, 2’46’’ to Labous and 3’32’’ to Kopecky, who gives her Maillot Jaune to Vollering on the eve of the final ITT, in Pau.

Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift – 4. und 5. Etappe:

4. Etappe: Cahors – Rodez – 177Km

1 KASTELIJN Yara NED FENIX-DECEUNINCK 04:38:39
2 VOLLERING Demi NED TEAM SD WORX 01:11
3 KOSTER Anouska NED UNO-X PRO CYCLING TEAM 01:12
4 VAN VLEUTEN Annemiek NED MOVISTAR TEAM WOMEN 01:13
5 LONGO BORGHINI Elisa ITA LIDL – TREK 01:13
6 NIEWIADOMA Katarzyna POL CANYON//SRAM RACING 01:13
7 MOOLMAN PASIO Ashleigh RSA AG INSURANCE – SOUDAL QUICK-STEP TEAM 01:13
8 LE MOUEL Celia FRA ST MICHEL – MAVIC – AUBER93 01:13
9 HAMMES Kathrin GER EF EDUCATION – TIBCO – SVB 01:23
10 ARZUFFI Alice ITA CERATIZIT – WNT PRO CYCLING TEAM 01:23
11 DE JONG Thalita NED LIV RACING TEQFIND 01:23
12 LABOUS Juliette FRA TEAM DSM-FIRMENICH 01:23
13 MAJERUS Christine LUX TEAM SD WORX 01:23
14 KOPECKY Lotte BEL TEAM SD WORX 01:27
15 BRAND Lucinda NED LIDL – TREK 01:31

Kastelijn takes glory for the attackers
Tour de France Femmes 2023 | Stage 4 | CAHORS > RODEZ

On the day after Julie Van de Velde’s heartbreak in Montignac-Lascaux, attackers ruled the longest stage of the Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift 2023. An impressive breakaway surged at the front early in the day, built a gap of more than 10 minutes and eventually battled not only for the stage win but also the Maillot Jaune. Yara Kastelijn, a teammate of Van de Velde in the ranks of Fenix-Deceuninck, tamed the final ascents of the day to power her first professional victory on the road (she’s also a cyclo-cross European champion). After an explosive finale, Demi Vollering (SD Worx) surged to the 2nd position, ahead of another early attacker, Anouska Koster (Uno X). It took an impressive effort from Lotte Kopecky (SD Worx) to retain the overall lead, 43’’ ahead of Vollering, while Kastelijn moves up the rankings (7th, +1’).

5. Etappe: Onet-le-Château – Albi – 136Km

1 BAUERNFEIND Ricarda GER CANYON//SRAM RACING 03:07:20
2 REUSSER Marlen SUI TEAM SD WORX 00:22
3 LIPPERT Liane GER MOVISTAR TEAM WOMEN 00:22
4 KOPECKY Lotte BEL TEAM SD WORX 00:32
5 PALADIN Soraya ITA CANYON//SRAM RACING 00:32
6 MARKUS Riejanne NED TEAM JUMBO-VISMA 00:32
7 SANTESTEBAN GONZALEZ Ane ESP TEAM JAYCO ALULA 00:32
8 MOOLMAN PASIO Ashleigh RSA AG INSURANCE – SOUDAL QUICK-STEP TEAM 00:32
9 LONGO BORGHINI Elisa ITA LIDL – TREK 00:32
10 DEMAY Coralie FRA ST MICHEL – MAVIC – AUBER93 00:32
11 KOPPENBURG Clara GER COFIDIS WOMEN TEAM 00:32
12 DE WILDE Julie BEL FENIX-DECEUNINCK 00:32
13 DRONOVA Tamara RUS ISRAEL PREMIER TECH ROLAND 00:32
14 PERSICO Silvia ITA UAE TEAM ADQ 00:32
15 ADEGEEST Loes NED FDJ-SUEZ 00:32

Gesamt:

1 KOPECKY Lotte BEL TEAM SD WORX 18:55:17
2 MOOLMAN PASIO Ashleigh RSA AG INSURANCE – SOUDAL QUICK-STEP TEAM 00:49
3 LONGO BORGHINI Elisa ITA LIDL – TREK 00:51
4 NIEWIADOMA Katarzyna POL CANYON//SRAM RACING 00:51
5 VAN VLEUTEN Annemiek NED MOVISTAR TEAM WOMEN 00:51
6 KASTELIJN Yara NED FENIX-DECEUNINCK 01:00
7 VOLLERING Demi NED TEAM SD WORX 01:03
8 LIPPERT Liane GER MOVISTAR TEAM WOMEN 01:25
9 BAUERNFEIND Ricarda GER CANYON//SRAM RACING 01:38
10 LABOUS Juliette FRA TEAM DSM-FIRMENICH 01:48
11 LUDWIG Cecilie DEN FDJ-SUEZ 01:49
12 SANTESTEBAN GONZALEZ Ane ESP TEAM JAYCO ALULA 01:52
13 GARCIA Mavi ESP LIV RACING TEQFIND 01:57
14 SPRATT Amanda AUS LIDL – TREK 01:59
15 EWERS Veronica USA EF EDUCATION – TIBCO – SVB 02:17

Bauernfeind, the rise of a star
Tour de France Femmes 2023 | Stage 5 | ONET-LE-CHÂTEAU > ALBI

At 23 years old, Ricarda Bauernfeind (Canyon//Sram) delivered a stunning performance to take the solo victory in Albi on day 5 of the Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift. After a furious battle over the first climbs of the day, the young German champ attacked with 36 kilometres to go. And nobody was able to come back to her as she soloed her way to the greatest victory of her young career. Marlen Reusser (SD Worx) and Liane Lippert (Movistar) round out the stage top 3 after they escaped the peloton in the final kilometres. And Lotte Kopecky (SD Worx) was the fastest from the bunch as she retained the Maillot Jaune on a day also marked by the withdrawal of her teammate Lorena Wiebes. Stage 6 will offer a new battle between sprinters and attackers ahead of the final fireworks for the overall standings this week-end.

A 140-woman peloton sets off from Onet-le-Château without Lorena Wiebes (SD Worx), winner of three stages of the Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift, whose team reports she suffers stomach issues. Mie Bjorndal Ottestad (Uno X) and Jenny Rissveds (Coop-Hitec Products) are non-starters as well. And the relentless pace from the start quickly leads to three abandons of riders weakened by several physical issues: Kaja Rysz (Lifeplus Wahoo), Gabrielle Pilote Fortin (Cofidis) and Évita Muzic (FDJ-Suez), who finished 8th in last year’s edition.

An all out battle all day long
Eleven riders try to get away: Paula Patiño (Movistar), Mischa Bredewold (SD Worx), Amber Kraak (Jumbo-Visma), Olivia Baril (UAE Team ADQ), Loes Adegeest (FDJ-Suez), Justine Ghekiere (AG Insurance-Soudal Quick-Step), Claire Steels (Israel Premier Tech Roland), Hannah Ludwig (Uno X), Clara Koppenburg (Cofidis), Ella Wyllie (Lifeplus Wahoo) and Clara Emond (Arkea).
But the peloton is not willing to let them go and a huge battle ensues over a rolling terrain, much more demanding than the speeds suggest. The attackers cover 42.4 kilometres in the first hour but their lead never gets higher than 50’’. They’re eventually caught on the slopes up the first categorised climb, the cat-3 Côte de Najac (summit at km 74.9). Some 40 riders remain at the front due to the relentless pace.

Baunerfeind’s solo
Yara Kastelijn (Fenix-Deceuninck) chases the QOM points in Najac and on the next climb as well, the cat-3 Côte de Laguépie (km 85.2). Then Ricarda Bauernfeind (Canyon//Sram) attacks at km 90. Claire Steels (Israel Premier Tech Roland) tries to follow and comes 2nd at the Bonus point, with Ashleigh Moolman Pasio (AG Insurance-Soudal Quick-Step) sprinting to the 3rd position.
Bauernfeind pushes her advantage, up to 1’30’’ as she summits the cat-4 Côte de Monestiés just inside the last 25km. She then tries to resist the bunch. Her lead is down to 38’’ with 10 km to go… But she maintains a gap of 37’’ with 5km to go.
Marlen Reusser (SD Worx) and Liane Lippert (Movistar) get away from the bunch in the finale but it’s too late to get back to Bauernfeind, who maintains a gap of 22’’ on the line. Lotte Kopecky (SD Worx) dominates the sprint in the bunch and retains the Maillot Jaune.