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110 years after it all started, it's on again!

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Bilbao on July 1  next year is where the Tour de France will celebrate its 120th anniversary. The Grand Départ in the Basque Country precisely offers the kind of scenery and roads that will pay tribute to the pioneers of 1903, because their successors, from the beginning of the race, will be plunged into a Pyrenean sequence with many twists in store, on both the Spanish and French sides of the border.

The punchers will tuck into a menu of their favorite flavors on the roads of the Classica San Sebastian (on stage 2), whilst the sprinters will have a free rein in Bayonne (on stage 3) as well as on the Nogaro circuit (on stage 4) and the climbers will already have to get to grips with the slopes on the stages finishing in Laruns (on stage 5) and on the Cambasque plateau near Cauterets (on stage 6). The rare starts of the Tour that take place in southern climes generally give rise to a dense program, but this time the total of 30 climbs rated category 2 and above is chiefly due to the mountainous grand slam to be tackled this year, because each of France’s five mountain ranges will be visited by the pack.

In this collection of more or less demanding climbs, the one attracting most attention is likely to be the ascension of Puy de Dôme (on stage 9) whose roads will once again be open to the riders on the Tour (but not to their fans), 35 years after the last ascent to overlook Clermont-Ferrand. This reunion with the past, which brings back memories of the duel between Anquetil and Poulidor in 1964 or recalls the victory by Fausto Coppi in 1952 on the edition of the first high-altitude finishes, especially promises an initial and extremely tense battle between the pretenders for the title. The last four kilometers of tarmac before the finishing line, with an average gradient of almost 12%, could be the fuse that awakens the dormant volcano.

The leading lights of the pack will be following in mythical footsteps on the Puy de Dôme, but will also be testing each other’s mettle on peaks that are set to play host to the fiercest contests of the future. For example, an emerging legend will have pride of place on Bastille Day, with the battle taking place on the Grand Colombier (on stage 13), where the finishing line will be set up for the second time in the race’s history. Following the summit of the Jura, the big shots will fight for supremacy on the Col de la Loze, just before soaring down to the high-altitude airstrip in Courchevel (on stage 17), to conclude a sequence in the Alps where the strongest riders will simply become untouchable.

The Col de Joux Plane pass and its subsequent descent before Morzine (on stage 14), the climb up to Le Bettex the following day (on stage 15), as well as the Côte de Domancy slope which is on the program for the sole time-trial of this edition (on stage 16), will in effect make and break the hierarchy between the handful of riders concerned by the Yellow Jersey. The temperament observed among the expected favourites on all the roads of the cycling world suggests that they will not miss any opportunity to go head-to-head.

The same will again be true on the penultimate day of the race, where the relief of the stage through the Vosges Mountains to the ski resort of Le Markstein will include 3,500 metres of climbing over a distance of only 133 km, taking in the Col de la Grosse Pierre and the ascensions of the Petit Ballon and the Platzerwasel (on stage 20). The leader designated in Alsace will be honoured the following day on the Champs-Elysées, where the race will close with a sprint festival that will have also visited Bordeaux, Limoges, Moulins and Poligny, allowing prestigious victories to be enjoyed in all the classifications!

Photos: Sprint Cycling Agency

 

 

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THE CRAZY WAY THAT THE TOUR DE FRANCE FOUGHT THE HEAT https://roadbikeaction.com/thousands-of-gallons-of-water-may-be-used-to-fight-high-road-temps-at-tour-2/ Fri, 02 Sep 2022 12:07:21 +0000 https://roadbikeaction.com/?p=57913

Cooling the road with the help of the fire department

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With a heatwave building towards a sweltering peak this weekend, Tour de France organizers are ready to pour tens of thousands of gallons of cold water onto a route that risks melting at road temperatures over 140 degrees. Riders suffered in Friday’s heat as the peloton gave up its pursuit of an escape group. The peloton had already been punished by the two days of monster mountain climbs, such as the Alpe D’Huez won by Tom Pidcock.

On Wednesday’s dramatic stage to Col du Granon, two-time defending champion Tadej Pogacar, known to dislike heat, wilted and lost his lead in temperatures well over 90 degrees.

“It was horrible, a furnace,” said French climber Thibaut Pinot. His compatriot Romain Bardet said the following day had been worse. “I was trembling and my pulse was racing,” he said.

But with sizzling air temperatures over 100 degrees forecast for the weekend, as the race moves towards the Pyrenees, the situation will be even worse. As a result, special measures are being readied. French road safety organizer Andre Bancala told reporters at the foot of the Alps on Friday that record road temperatures of 140 degrees could be beaten.

Tour de France 2022 - 109th Edition - 10th stage Morzine - Megeve 148 km - 12/07/2022 - Luis Leon Sanchez (ESP - Bahrain Victorious) - Fred Wright (GBR - Bahrain Victorious) - photo Luca Bettini/SprintCyclingAgency©2022

“During a heatwave, such as the one we are expecting of over 100 degrees, the road temperature gets much higher than that, around 140 degrees degrees,” Bancala said.

“The absolute record for heat was in 2010 with a road temperature of 140 degrees when Sylvain Chavanel won in the Jura,” he added.

“But this weekend we may even break that, so we are mobilizing between us and the fire brigade, to combat that.

“In certain places, the asphalt is going to start melting, not everywhere of course, but it is going to get much softer. So you can imagine how that might end?

“The solution will be to pour water on it,” he says explaining the Tour has a permanent truck for such demands.

The fire brigade will also be on hand to help execute the maneuvers.

“We will have vehicles with 10,000 liters (2600 gallons) of water taken along the way, the regional departments are going to help us to cool the roads.

“But the logistical nightmare doesn’t end there.

“You have to do it at just the right moment, if you do it too early it just heats up again.

“If you do it too late the peloton rides onto wet surfaces. It has to be around 15 minutes before they get there,” he says.

“Think about it. If the road surface is 140 degrees, and the pedal is only a foot above that, then the rider is subject to exposure to extreme temperatures.”

Much has been made of how Jumbo team riders, including Tour de France leader Jonas Vingegaard, have been wearing cooling jackets ahead of the stages as the heatwave builds up. After Friday’s stage Vingegaard said the heat hadn’t been a problem for him personally.

“Regular cold drinks and ice packs on the back as often as you can during the race to keep the body temperature down, that’s what you do,” said Vingegaard.

Jumbo Visma’s cooling vests in action.

RBA/AFP Photos: Sprint Cycling Agency

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TOUR DE FRANCE FEMMES 2022 STAGE 8 RESULTS https://roadbikeaction.com/tour-de-france-femmes-2022-stage-8-results/ Sun, 31 Jul 2022 16:24:39 +0000 https://roadbikeaction.com/?p=57263

Annemiek van Vleuten overcomes bike struggles to win finale

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Dutch veteran Annemiek van Vleuten produced the perfect ride on Sunday to win the women’s Tour de France with a resounding victory in the eighth and final stage from Lure to La Super Planche des Belles Filles. The 39-year-old Movistar rider, who grabbed the lead with a brilliant solo performance in the mountains on Saturday, bided her time in the peloton before powering up the final climb to seal her triumph. Demi Vollering (SD Worx) finished second to claim second overall with Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Canyon/SRAM) third in the final standings after a fourth place finish on Sunday’s stage.

Van Vleuten, a three-time winner of the Giro d’Italia and time-trial gold medalist at the Tokyo Olympics, began the 76 mile final stage with a 3:14 lead over Vollering which was never in danger in spite of having a mechanical problem with her bike 35 miles from the finish which required a quick swap with a teammate.

The yellow jersey group reeled in the 11-rider breakaway with just over three miles to go at which point van Vleuten climbed out of her saddle and began powering her way up the final crippling climb.

She crossed the line 30 seconds ahead of compatriot Vollering to give her a 3:48 winning margin over the eight stages. Vollering at least had the consolation of winning the Queen of the Mountains polka dot jersey. Valcar rider Silvia Persico of Italy took third on the stage, crossing the line just ahead of Poland’s Niewiadoma.

TOUR DE FRANCE FEMMES 2022 STAGE 8 RESULTS

1 Annemiek VAN VLEUTEN Movistar Team 3:37:23
2 Demi VOLLERING Team SD Worx 0:30
3 Silvia PERSICO Valcar – Travel & Service 1:43
4 Katarzyna NIEWIADOMA Canyon//SRAM Racing 1:52
5 Juliette LABOUS Team DSM 1:56
6 Elisa LONGO BORGHINI Trek – Segafredo 2:01
7 Veronica EWERS EF Education-TIBCO-SVB 2:13
8 Cecilie LUDWIG FDJ – SUEZ – Futuroscope 2:50
9 Mavi GARCÍA UAE Team ADQ 2:59
10 Liane LIPPERT Team DSM 3:01

TOUR DE FRANCE FEMMES 2022 STANDINGS

1 Annemiek VAN VLEUTEN Movistar Team 26:55:44
2 Demi VOLLERING Team SD Worx 3:48
3 Katarzyna NIEWIADOMA Canyon//SRAM Racing 6:35
4 Juliette LABOUS Team DSM 7:28
5 Silvia PERSICO Valcar – Travel & Service 8:00
6 Elisa LONGO BORGHINI Trek – Segafredo 8:26
7 Cecilie LUDWIG FDJ – SUEZ – Futuroscope 8:59
8 Evita MUZIC FDJ – SUEZ – Futuroscope 13:54
9 Veronica EWERS EF Education-TIBCO-SVB 15:05
10 Mavi GARCÍA UAE Team ADQ 15:15

 

RBA/AFP Photos: Sprint Cycling Agency

TOUR DE FRANCE FEMMES 2022 STAGE 8 RESULTS

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TOUR DE FRANCE FEMMES 2022 STAGE 7 RESULTS https://roadbikeaction.com/tour-de-france-femmes-2022-stage-7-results/ Sat, 30 Jul 2022 16:34:39 +0000 https://roadbikeaction.com/?p=57250

A nearly 40 mile solo effort

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Dutch veteran Annemiek van Vleuten took the yellow jersey in the women’s Tour de France with a crushing performance in the mountains which powered her to a remarkable solo victory on Saturday’s penultimate stage. Movistar rider van Vleuten, 39, began the day almost a minute and a half behind the leader Marianne Vos but raced solo with 38 miles still to go in the mountainous 79 mile stage from Selestat to Le Markstein Fellering.
Demi Vollering (SD Worx) finished second, 3:26 behind, with Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig (FDJ-Suez) winning the sprint to the summit for third.

Van Vleuten now leads by 3:09 ahead of Vollering and is the clear favorite to win the race when it ends with Sunday’s stage eight on the Super Planche des Belles Filles.

Team Jumbo-Visma rider Vos, who held the yellow jersey at the start of the day after clocking two wins and five podiums in the opening six stages, was unable to stay in touch and still had not finished when van Vleuten took to the podium.

It was a bad day also for Lorena Wiebes, winner of two stages, who suffered a nasty fall on Friday and dropped out early in stage seven.

“It doesn’t make sense to try to come back. She was far behind and in pain. To bring her back up only to get dropped again… It was easier for her to just roll in,” said Team DSM director Albert Timmer.

TOUR DE FRANCE FEMMES 2022 STAGE 7 RESULTS

1 Annemiek VAN VLEUTEN Movistar Team 3:47:02
2 Demi VOLLERING Team SD Worx 3:26
3 Cecilie LUDWIG FDJ – SUEZ – Futuroscope 5:16
4 Juliette LABOUS Team DSM 5:18
5 Katarzyna NIEWIADOMA Canyon//SRAM Racing 5:18
6 Silvia PERSICO Valcar – Travel & Service 6:56
7 Elisa LONGO BORGHINI Trek – Segafredo 6:56
8 Urska ŽIGART Team BikeExchange – Jayco 7:23
9 Evita MUZIC FDJ – SUEZ – Futuroscope 8:27
10 Pauliena ROOIJAKKERS Canyon//SRAM Racing 10:10

TOUR DE FRANCE FEMMES 2022 STANDINGS

1 Annemiek VAN VLEUTEN Movistar Team 23:18:31
2 Demi VOLLERING Team SD Worx 3:14
3 Katarzyna NIEWIADOMA Canyon//SRAM Racing 4:33
4 Juliette LABOUS Team DSM 5:22
5 Cecilie LUDWIG FDJ – SUEZ – Futuroscope 5:59
6 Silvia PERSICO Valcar – Travel & Service 6:11
7 Elisa LONGO BORGHINI Trek – Segafredo 6:15
8 EvitaMUZIC FDJ – SUEZ – Futuroscope 10:13
9 Mavi GARCÍA UAE Team ADQ 12:06
10 Elise CHABBEY Canyon//SRAM Racing 12:24

 

RBA/AFP Photos: Sprint Cycling Agency

TOUR DE FRANCE FEMMES 2022 STAGE 7 RESULTS

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TOUR DE FRANCE FEMMES 2022 STAGE 6 RESULTS https://roadbikeaction.com/tour-de-france-femmes-2022-stage-6-results/ Fri, 29 Jul 2022 16:56:05 +0000 https://roadbikeaction.com/?p=57226

Vos takes another

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Marianne Vos kept a firm grip on the leader’s yellow jersey at the Tour de France Femmes with victory in Friday’s sixth stage between Saint-Die-des-Vosges and Rosheim. The 35-year-old Jumbo Visma rider edged out Team UAE Emirates’ Marta Bastianelli and Lotte Kopecky of Team SD Worx in the sprint for the line at the end of the 80 mile stage.

Lorena Wiebes, who won the opening stage in Paris and triumphed again in Thursday’s stage five, finished 7:34 behind her compatriot Vos after suffering a nasty fall, along with Kopecky and Alena Amialiusik, 14 miles from the finish.

It was a second stage win and fifth podium in the six stages for Vos who extended her lead by 10 seconds. She is now 30 seconds ahead of Valcar’s Italian rider Silvia Persico and Katarzyna Niewiadoma of Canyon/SRAM with two stages to come.

“It was quite a difficult race,” said Vos.

“We had a good situation with Anna Henderson in the breakaway. It was a big breakaway and a strong chase, and  the Cote de Boersch two times which caused some action… and it was also stretched out on a pretty difficult descent.

“The rest of the girls, they kept me in the front, kept me constantly out of the wind.

“They did a perfect job to keep me in front and keep the speed really high until the last corner and then I was in a good position.

“I also felt I was coming from the back so I hoped I could keep it to the line.”

Saturday’s seventh stage could provide a big shake-up as the Tour heads into the mountains for the first time with three big climbs and a 9,000 foot gain in altitude between Selestat and Le Markstein in the east of France. The race ends on Sunday with a grand finale up the iconic La Super Planche des Belles Filles.

Another Dutch rider, Movistar’s Annemiek van Vleuten, a three-time winner of the Giro d’Italia and time trial gold medalist at the Tokyo Olympics, is lurking just 1:28 behind Vos.

All the breakaways on the Tour so far have come to nothing and the Alsace wine route on Friday was equally unforgiving as the riders took on four categorized climbs.

Trek-Segafredo pair Audrey Cordon-Ragot and Elisa Longo Borghini led a breakaway group of 14 riders which built a gap of two minutes before being largely chased down on the final climb with 6 miles to go. The last survivor Marie Le Net was caught in the descent to Rosheim, less than three miles from the finish. Vos positioned herself perfectly in the final sprint and had too much power for Bastianelli and Lopecky.

TOUR DE FRANCE FEMMES 2022 STAGE 6 RESULTS

1 Marianne VOS Team Jumbo-Visma 3:09:26
2 Marta BASTIANELLI UAE Team ADQ 0:00
3 Lotte KOPECKY Team SD Worx 0:00
4 Elisa BALSAMO Trek – Segafredo 0:00
5 Silvia PERSICO Valcar – Travel & Service 0:00
6 Maria CONFALONIERI Ceratizit-WNT Pro Cycling 0:00
7 Vittoria GUAZZINI FDJ – SUEZ – Futuroscope 0:00
8 Katarzyna NIEWIADOMA Canyon//SRAM Racing 0:00
9 Rachele BARBIERI Liv Racing Xstra 0:00
10 Elisa LONGO BORGHINI Trek – Segafredo 0:00

TOUR DE FRANCE FEMMES 2022 STANDINGS

1 Marianne VOS Team Jumbo-Visma 19:30:14
2 Silvia PERSICO Valcar – Travel & Service 0:30
3 Katarzyna NIEWIADOMA Canyon//SRAM Racing 0:30
4 Elisa LONGO BORGHINI Trek – Segafredo 0:35
5 Ashleigh MOOLMAN Team SD Worx 1:05
6 Demi VOLLERING Team SD Worx 1:11
7 Juliette LABOUS Team DSM 1:19
8 Annemiek VAN VLEUTEN Movistar Team 1:28
9 Cecilie LUDWIG FDJ – SUEZ – Futuroscope 2:02
10 Elise CHABBEY Canyon//SRAM Racing 2:34

 

RBA/AFP Photos: Sprint Cycling Agency

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TOUR DE FRANCE FEMMES 2022 STAGE 5 RESULTS https://roadbikeaction.com/tour-de-france-femmes-2022-stage-5-results/ Thu, 28 Jul 2022 18:34:03 +0000 https://roadbikeaction.com/?p=57208

Lorena Wiebes powers to the line

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Lorena Wiebes demonstrated her impressive sprinting skills with victory in the fifth and longest stage of the women’s Tour de France on Thursday in Saint-Die. The Dutch rider blew away her rivals to cross ahead of Italian world champion Elisa Balsamo and yellow jersey wearer Marianne Vos to claim her second stage win after Sunday’s opener in Paris.

“When Lorena started her sprint, we couldn’t see her again, it was raw power,” said Vos.

Jumbo-Visma’s Vos nevertheless took four bonus seconds with her third place finish and gained time over all her rivals going into the final three days of racing.

“I felt strong in the sprint,” said Wiebes of the 109 mile run from Bar-le-Duc to Saint-Die in northeastern France.

“It was the longest race I’ve ever done. I’ve never even done such an outing even in training.”

The Team DSM rider proved she is almost unbeatable in a sprint with only Balsamo managing to get the better of her twice this season.

“The aim is to take the green jersey,” said Wiebes, 23, of the honor going to the top sprinter as she claimed her 17th victory of the season and the 53rd of her career.

The 35-year-old Vos, one of the great names of cycling, leads Italy’s Silvia Persico by 20 seconds in the general standings after her fifth top five finish in as many stages. But several top sprinters lost out after being caught up in a mass crash 25 miles from the finish line. Belgian Lotte Kopecky was delayed and then slowed down by mechanical problems with Dane Emma Norsgaard taking a hard knock to her left shoulder, back and head and pulling out of the race. Before the crash involving some 30 riders the day had been animated by a breakaway of four riders controlled by DSM and Trek-Segafredo with a cushion of four minutes on the peloton. The last two survivors, French rider Victoire Berteau and the Cypriot Antri Christoforou, were swallowed up less than 2 miles from the line.
If they have any energy left, they can try their luck again on Friday, probably the last chance for those who are not aiming for the overall victory.

Friday’s sixth stage covers 80 miles to Roshelm before the weekend climax in the Vosges mountains.

TOUR DE FRANCE FEMMES 2022 STAGE 5 RESULTS

1 Lorena WIEBES Team DSM 4:32:16
2 Elisa BALSAMO Trek – Segafredo 0:00
3 Marianne VOS Team Jumbo-Visma 0:00
4 Rachele BARBIERI Liv Racing Xstra 0:00
5 Maike VAN DER DUIN Le Col – Wahoo 0:00
6 Maria CONFALONIERI Ceratizit-WNT Pro Cycling 0:00
7 Silvia PERSICO Valcar – Travel & Service 0:00
8 Vittoria GUAZZINI FDJ – SUEZ – Futuroscope 0:00
9 Tamara DRONOVA-BALABOLINA Roland Cogeas Edelweiss Squad 0:00
10 Alexandra MANLY Team BikeExchange – Jayco 0:00

TOUR DE FRANCE FEMMES 2022 STANDINGS

1 Marianne VOS Team Jumbo-Visma 16:20:58
2 Silvia PERSICO Valcar – Travel & Service 0:20
3 Katarzyna NIEWIADOMA Canyon//SRAM Racing 0:20
4 Elisa LONGO BORGHINI Trek – Segafredo 0:25
5 Ashleigh MOOLMAN Team SD Worx 0:55
6 Demi VOLLERING Team SD Worx 1:01
7 Juliette LABOUS Team DSM 1:09
8 Annemiek VAN VLEUTEN Movistar Team 1:18
9 Cecilie LUDWIG FDJ – SUEZ – Futuroscope 1:52
10 Elise CHABBEY Canyon//SRAM Racing 2:24

 

RBA/AFP Photos: Sprint Cycling Agency

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TOUR DE FRANCE FEMMES 2022 STAGE 4 RESULTS https://roadbikeaction.com/tour-de-france-femmes-2022-stage-4-results/ Wed, 27 Jul 2022 17:58:51 +0000 https://roadbikeaction.com/?p=57199

Reusser wins for SD Worx

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Swiss rider Marlen Reusser won the women’s Tour de France fourth stage on Wednesday as Dutchwoman Marianne Vos retained the overall leader’s yellow jersey in fifth place. Team SD Worx’s Reusser, 30, broke away with 15km left after four gravel sections in the Champagne wine region with Evita Muzic in second place and Belarusian Alena Amialiusik in third.

“I think here in this Tour every day is hard, at least for me,” former doctor Reusser told Eurosport.

“This stage suited the kind of rider I am with these gravel sections.

“The team had a plan to do a hard race and not let it come down to an easy finale. We just said attack and one would go. I was lucky it was me,” she added.

The 35-year-old Vos, who took over the yellow jersey with victory in stage two on Monday keeps a 16sec advantage over her closest rivals in Italian Silvia Persico and Pole Katarzyna Niewiadoma.

Spanish veteran Mavi Garcia lost more than 1min 30sec in the general standings after issues on the uneven surface which included crashing with a team car as riders suffered numerous punctures but Vos and her fellow Jumbo-Visma riders survived unscathed.

“We spent a lot of energy to stay in front and you had to really fight for a position before the gravel sections and the climbs as well,” Vos told reporters.

“We weren’t very concerned, we had to stay in front and stay out of trouble. We did, so I’m happy about that,” she added.

This is the longest edition of the women’s Tour, after Amaury Sports Organisation, who run the men’s race, started with a one-stage event in 2014.

Bonus for Reusser

During the dust-filled gravel sections, which passed through the world-renowned vineyards in eastern France, the likes of Tuesday’s stage winner Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig and yellow jersey contender Niewiadoma suffered punctures before rejoining the peloton.

With 9 miles to go, Reusser, European road time-trial champion, made an attack from a big leading bunch as the riders returned to normal roads. Niewiadoma’s Canyon-SRAM team-mate Amialiusik, racing as a neutral rider after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine earlier this year, then followed the Swiss as the group broke up. Frenchwoman Muzic, aged just 23, completed the breakaway. Reusser claimed the three-second bonus atop Cote des Bergers with less than 6 miles to go and was first over the final climb of the day on Cote du Val Perdu, with 3 miles left. She dominated the closing stages and pointed at her team name on her dust-covered jersey then held her arms wide open as she crossed the finish line in Bar-sur-Aube.

Thursday’s fifth stage is a flat 109 mile ride from Bar-le-Duc eastwards to Saint-Die-des-Vosges near the German border. The eight-day race finishes on Sunday on La Super Planche des Belles Filles, where two-time winner Tadej Pogacar claimed stage victory during the men’s Tour earlier this month.

TOUR DE FRANCE FEMMES 2022 STAGE 4 RESULTS

1 Marlen REUSSER Team SD Worx 3:16:30
2 Evita MUZIC FDJ – SUEZ – Futuroscope 1:24
3 Alena AMIALIUSIK Canyon//SRAM Racing 1:24
4 Veronica EWERS EF Education-TIBCO-SVB 1:24
5 Marianne VOS Team Jumbo-Visma 1:40
6 Lotte KOPECKY Team SD Worx 1:40
7 Silvia PERSICO Valcar – Travel & Service 1:40
8 Ruby ROSEMAN-GANNON Team BikeExchange – Jayco 1:40
9 Elisa LONGO BORGHINI Trek – Segafredo 1:40
10 Demi VOLLERING Team SD Worx 1:40

TOUR DE FRANCE FEMMES 2022 STANDINGS

1 Marianne VOS Team Jumbo-Visma 11:48:46
2 Silvia PERSICO Valcar – Travel & Service 0:16
3 Katarzyna NIEWIADOMA Canyon//SRAM Racing 0:16
4 Elisa LONGO BORGHINI Trek – Segafredo 0:21
5 Ashleigh MOOLMAN Team SD Worx 0:51
6 Demi VOLLERING Team SD Worx 0:57
7 Juliette LABOUS Team DSM 1:05
8 Annemiek VAN VLEUTEN Movistar Team 1:14
9 Cecilie LUDWIG FDJ – SUEZ – Futuroscope 1:48
10 Elise CHABBEY Canyon//SRAM Racing 2:20

 

RBA/AFP Photos: Sprint Cycling Agency

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TOUR DE FRANCE FEMMES 2022 STAGE 3 RESULTS https://roadbikeaction.com/tour-de-france-femmes-2022-stage-3-results/ Tue, 26 Jul 2022 15:15:41 +0000 https://roadbikeaction.com/?p=57186

A win for the Danes

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Danish rider Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig outmuscled Marianne Vos to win stage three of the women’s Tour de France on Tuesday but the veteran Dutch rider held on to the yellow jersey. The day after a nightmare stage two for her FDJ-Suez team, marked by the abandonment of title contender Marta Cavalli, Ludwig battled back from a fall to produce a vintage performance amid the Champagne vineyards.

After two relatively flat rides, the peloton had to face its first climbs as they took on a hilly 83 mile course from Reims to Epernay. Eleven riders slugged it out over the final miles, with Vos working hard to rejoin the leaders after being dropped. The 35-year-old, who took over the yellow jersey with victory in stage two on Monday, kicked hard but it was the younger legs of 26-year-old Ludwig who powered to the line first.

“I wanted to help the team, keep my ‘fighting spirit’,” said Ludwig who was wearing the Danish champion jersey.

“I knew that if I had the legs, I could play for victory. But from there to do it, to become a winner of a stage in the Tour de France and with this jersey… My God, what more could you ask for.”

Team Jumbo-Visma’s Vos finished two seconds behind, closely shadowed by South African Ashleigh Moolman, Italians Silvia Persico and Elisa Longo Borghini and Pole Katarzyna Niewiakoma.

Vos leads the general classification with a 16-second lead over Valcar’s Persico and Niewiakoma of Canyon. The eight-stage race ends on Sunday.

TOUR DE FRANCE FEMMES 2022 STAGE 3 RESULTS

1 Cecilie LUDWIG FDJ – SUEZ – Futuroscope 3:22:54
2 Marianne VOS Team Jumbo-Visma 0:02
3 Ashleigh MOOLMAN Team SD Worx 0:02
4 Silvia PERSICO Valcar – Travel & Service 0:02
5 Elisa LONGO BORGHINI Trek – Segafredo 0:02
6 Katarzyna NIEWIADOMA Canyon//SRAM Racing 0:02
7 Mavi GARCÍA UAE Team ADQ 0:06
8 Demi VOLLERING Team SD Worx 0:08
9 Juliette LABOUS Team DSM 0:11
10 Annemiek VAN VLEUTEN Movistar Team 0:20

TOUR DE FRANCE FEMMES 2022 STANDINGS

1 Marianne VOS Team Jumbo-Visma 8:30:36
2 Silvia PERSICO Valcar – Travel & Service 0:16
3 Katarzyna NIEWIADOMA Canyon//SRAM Racing 0:16
4 Elisa LONGO BORGHINI Trek – Segafredo 0:21
5 Ashleigh MOOLMAN Team SD Worx 0:51
6 Mavi GARCÍA UAE Team ADQ 0:55
7 Demi VOLLERING Team SD Worx 0:57
8 Juliette LABOUS Team DSM 1:05
9 Annemiek VAN VLEUTEN Movistar Team 1:14
10 Cecilie LUDWIG FDJ – SUEZ – Futuroscope 1:48

 

RBA/AFP Photos: Sprint Cycling Agency

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TERRIFYING CRASH SENDS RIDER TO HOSPITAL AT TOUR DE FRANCE FEMMES https://roadbikeaction.com/terrifying-crash-sends-rider-to-hospital-at-tour-de-france-femmes/ Mon, 25 Jul 2022 19:13:31 +0000 https://roadbikeaction.com/?p=57183

Scary moments on the road

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Marta Cavalli, winner of this year’s Amstel Gold Race, La Fleche-Wallonne and a potential winner of the
overall title at the Tour de France Femmes was taken to hospital after falling in one of three nasty crashes over the last 20 miles of racing during stage 2 where crosswinds and gusts of up to 25mph made the riders jumpy about the prospect of a break in the peloton.

“We don’t have much news from Marta, she is suffering from a head injury,” said team manager Stephen Delcourt on arrival in Provins.

“We remain in contact with the doctor. She has been sent to the hospital to carry out a CT scan as a priority.”

The FDJ-Suez-Futuroscope rider was already on the ground when she was hit by Australian champion Nicole Frain who came flying through without braking. Cavalli, who was runner-up on this year’s Giro d’Italia, climbed back on her bike but failed to finish the stage with the team pulling her out and sending her to hospital.

“She suffered a big shock. We didn’t want to take any risks,” said Delcourt.

FDJ-Suez-Futuroscope released a statement after Cavalli’s examination revealing that the “findings were reassuring and have not indicated any further injuries or fractures. Marta remains under medical supervision.”

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TOUR DE FRANCE FEMMES 2022 STAGE 2 RESULTS https://roadbikeaction.com/tour-de-france-femmes-2022-stage-2-results/ Mon, 25 Jul 2022 16:12:58 +0000 https://roadbikeaction.com/?p=57159

Marianne Vos takes yellow

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Dutch rider Marianne Vos took over the yellow jersey in the women’s Tour de France with victory in a three-way sprint to win the second stage from Meaux to Provins on Monday. Team Jumbo-Visma’ss Vos edged out Silvia Persico and Katarzyna Niewiadoma to claim the jersey from compatriot Lorena Wiebes who finished 29 seconds behind in sixth place.

“It’s not revenge, it’s an absolutely wonderful day,” said Vos who finished second behind Wiebes in Sunday’s opening stage on the Champs-Elysees.

Trek-Segafredo’s Elisa Longo Borghini, winner of Paris-Roubaix and a definite contender for the yellow jersey in France, finished fourth in the stage, two seconds back. Less fortunate was her Italian compatriot Marta Cavalli, winner of this year of the Amstel Gold and the Fleche-Wallonne and a potential winner of the overall title here.

The 24-year-old was the principle victim in one of three nasty crashes in a last 18 miles where the crosswinds and gusts of up to 45 km/h made the riders jumpy about the prospect of a break in the peloton. The FDJ-Suez Futuroscope rider was already on the ground when she was hit by Australian champion Nicole Frain who came flying through without braking. Cavalli climbed back on her bike but failed to finish the stage with the team pulling her to take “no risk”.

It was a bad day all round for FDJ as Danish rider Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig, their other potential challenger, got caught up in another crash and lost more than a minute to Vos, Longo Borghini and Niewiadoma.

For 35-year-old Vos, one of the great names of cycling with three world road championships and Olympic track gold among her many honours, this yellow jersey has a sense of unfinished business. She won on the Champs-Elysees in 2014 in the first edition of La Course which took place on the last day of the men’s Tour de France, a race she helped to launch.

As a child she pressed her parents to take her to watch the Tour. “We were going to Alpe d’Huez, to the sprint finishes, to Pau,” she said again at the start in Meaux on Monday. “That was how we spent our summer holidays, driving the course in our camping van.”

Vos now leads the general classification with a 10-second lead over Valcar rider Persico, with Niewiadoma of Canyon-SRAM two seconds further back. Tuesday’s stage three should also suit the sprinters with a 83 mile ride through the Champagne region from Reims to Epernay. The race ends in Paris on Sunday.

TOUR DE FRANCE FEMMES 2022 STAGE 2 RESULTS

1 Marianne VOS Team Jumbo-Visma 3:14:02
2 Silvia PERSICO Valcar – Travel & Service 0:00
3 Katarzyna NIEWIADOMA Canyon//SRAM Racing 0:00
4 Elisa LONGO BORGHINI Trek – Segafredo 0:02
5 Maike VAN DER DUIN Le Col – Wahoo 0:12
6 Lorena WIEBES Team DSM 0:29
7 Julie DE WILDE Plantur-Pura 0:29
8 Rachele BARBIERI Liv Racing Xstra 0:29
9 Lotte KOPECKY Team SD Worx 0:29
10 Maria CONFALONIERI Ceratizit-WNT Pro Cycling 0:29

TOUR DE FRANCE FEMMES 2022 STANDINGS

1 Marianne VOS Team Jumbo-Visma 5:07:46
2 Silvia PERSICO Valcar – Travel & Service 0:10
3 Katarzyna NIEWIADOMA Canyon//SRAM Racing 0:12
4 Elisa LONGO BORGHINI Trek – Segafredo 0:18
5 Maike VAN DER DUIN Le Col – Wahoo 0:28
6 Lorena WIEBES Team DSM 0:35
7 Lotte KOPECKY Team SD Worx 0:41
8 Rachele BARBIERI Liv Racing Xstra 0:45
9 Julie DE WILDE Plantur-Pura 0:45
10 Demi VOLLERING Team SD Worx 0:45

 

RBA/AFP Photos: Sprint Cycling Agency

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