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Marianne Vos takes full advantage of Wiebes crash and wins after a supreme sprint in the Tour

Marianne Vos has reached the sixth stage in the Tour de France Femmes won. The Dutchman from Jumbo-Visma sprinted in her yellow jersey to her second stage victory in this round. Lorena Wiebes crashed in the final and did not participate.

After a long stage of 175 kilometers on Thursday, a stage of 128 kilometers was ready on Friday. Just like the previous days, it was hard from the start, fully in the knowledge that the Col d’Urbeis had to be climbed quickly. Maaike Boogaard of UAE was the only one who made a small gap and took two mountain points. Femke Gerritse took one more point in her polka dot jersey.

Leading group of fourteen, peloton never far

In the descent of the climb there was a fall, including by Elisa Longo Borghini of Trek-Segafredo. The Italian took a long time to return, but in the end he succeeded. Jumbo-Visma and SD Worx checked, but they could not prevent a strong leading group of fourteen riders from driving away, with about eighty kilometers to go.

Audrey Cordon Ragot (Trek), Sheyla Gutierrez (Movistar), Christine Majerus (SD Worx), Marie Le Net (FDJ), Anna Henderson (Jumbo-Visma), Franziska Koch (DSM), Tiffany Cromwell (Canyon//Sram), Ruby Roseman-Gannon (BikeExchange), Sandra Alonso (Ceratizit-WNT), Laura Smulders (Liv Racing Xstra), Katrin Hammes (EF), Jesse Vandenbulcke (Le Col-Wahoo), Joscelin Lowden (Uno-X) and Tamara Dronova ( Roland Cogeas Edelweiss) got a maximum of two minutes, but the peloton stayed close all the time.

Wiebes down in final

From the flight it was Lowden who took the mountain points on the second and third climbs of the day, but it was UAE that provided a high pace from the pack. As a result, the leaders’ lead fell to under a minute, with 35 kilometers to go. There were still two obstacles in the final phase: one climb to the bonus seconds and the Côte de Boersch in the deep final.

On the first climb, the peloton had to attack. No one got away, but it was striking that Marianne Vos and Lorena Wiebes could easily join them in their yellow and green jerseys. In the sinking, however, it was still over for Wiebes. The Dutchman went down, just like Lotte Kopecky from SD Worx. Kopecky was able to reconnect with the peloton, Wiebes was badly damaged and did not return.

Sprint for the win in Rosheim

It sucks for the two-time stage winner in the Tour, because all the early escapees were brought back in the absolute final phase. Le Net was the last to be caught, at five kilometers from the finish. The peloton dived into the last descent, so Wiebes could have sprinted for the win. It was now SD Worx that smelled the stage victory with Kopecky, and Vos was never far on behalf of Jumbo-Visma. Ellen van Dijk, as always, gave gas for her leader Elisa Balsamo.

Outside of Wiebes, all the fast women were present in the thinned out peloton, which meant that several teams drove full for the win in the last kilometers. Van Dijk rumbled into the last kilometer in the lead, with Vos already there in the second wheel. Longo Borghini provided a perfect leadout for Balsamo, but he just didn’t have the pace in the last straight to get over it. Vos took off and was never overtaken again. Stage victory two for the yellow jersey wearer!

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