The 5th stage of Tour de France Women with Zwift – the longest of this edition with 175.6 km – had everything of the transition stage intended for sprinters. Despite an impressive massive fall at 45 km as well as a good resistance of Victory Berteau (Cofidis) in the final, it was a massive sprint that concluded the day in Saint-Dié-des-Vosges. And in this little game there, there is Lorena Wiebes (Team DSM) and the others in the women’s peloton. The Dutchwoman once again outclassed the competition and thus won her 2nd success on this Women’s Large Loop. The wearer of the green jersey is well ahead Elisa Balsamo (Trek-Segafredo) and Marianne Vos (Jumbo-Visma). The yellow jersey took the opportunity to scrape 4″ of bonuses in the general classification, whileElisa Longo Borghini (Trek-Segafredo) concedes 9″ after going the wrong way after the red flame! A loss that should remain anecdotal before tackling the mountain this weekend.
Video – Lorena Wiebes doubles the bet on the 5th stage!
Four riders at the front including Victoire Berteau, the peloton controls
Promised to sprinters, this 5th stage of the Tour de France Women with Zwift is first of all animated by the adventurers. After about fifteen kilometers of racing, the American Emily Newsom (EF Education-TIBCO-SVB) and the Australian Anya Louw (AG Insurance-NXTG Team) take to their heels, before being joined a little later by the French Victory Berteau (Cofidis) and the Cypriot Antri Christoforou (Human Powered Health). The escape of the day is gone!
While the gap is around 3’45” at 95 kilometers from the finish, three riders decide – very surprisingly – to go against. In this trio, we find the French India Grangier (Stade Rochelais Charente-Maritime), the Ukrainian Yulia Biriukova (Arkéa Pro Cycling Team) and the New Zealander Henrietta Christie (Human Powered Health). Doomed to failure, this attempt to counter is nipped in the bud, and we find a more classic race situation, with the leading group chased by a peloton which is notably led by the DSM-Team of the great favorite of the day, Lorena Wiebes (Team DSM), but also by the Valcar-Travel & Service.
Lorena Wiebes grabs Marianne Vos for the green jersey
The racing scenario remains unchanged and perfectly linear thereafter. The peloton continues to control and is gradually approaching. Only the intermediate sprint in Charmes, 61 km from Saint-Dié-des-Vosges, spiced up this transition day a little. Anya Louw makes the effort to take the lead among the runaways, while Lorena Wiebes secures the 13 points of 5th place behind, in front Marianne Vos, and thus grabs 2 points for the classification of the green jersey. However, the latter remains largely in the lead, with a 56-point lead now. The pack then resumes its forward march at 1’45” 50 terminals from the line.
— The Tour de France Women with Zwift (@LeTourFemmes) July 28, 2022
Massive fall within the peloton, Norsgaard abandons, Kopecky affected
As a side wind picks up, the peloton’s siesta is brutally interrupted by a massive crash 45 kilometers from the goal! It fell right in the middle of the pack, around thirty runners were involved and a real traffic jam was created! Impressive images, and an abandonment for the poor Danish Emma Norsgaard (Movistar), the most affected at the end of the chaos. Others like Chantal Van den Broek-Blaak and Lotte Kopecky (Team SD Worx) are also affected but can start again in a group more than a minute behind the main peloton. No rider classified overall was delayed, more fear than harm for the favourites.
ï¿½’ï¿½ Massive fall! It fell in the middle of the peloton, many riders are on the ground. #TDFF
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Bertau and Christoforou are resisting, Lorena Wiebes untouchable in the sprint!
However, the leading quartet did not take advantage of this incident to gain momentum, quite the contrary. the DSM-Team does not slow down the pace and returns to 1 minute of the fugitives under the arch of the last 30 kilometers. 10 terminals further on, in the Haut du Bois pass, Victory Berteau tries one last last stand, only followed by Antri Christoforou. The duo crossed the summit with a 40″ margin over the pack, which swallowed up the two other breakaways of the day. The two women got along well and managed to maintain this gap until entering the last 10 kilometres. The peloton seems to be patient before producing its effort, the teams of sprinters having already given a lot in this pursuit.
The winding finale favors the duo who do more than resist. Still 35″ per 6 kilometers, the arm wrestling is engaged, but the peloton finally accelerates. Audrey Cordon-Ragot (Trek-Segafredo) took control and in 2 km, the hopes of the last two survivors flew away. Victory Berteau raises one last time at 3 km before admitting defeat. The serious things begin, a small flat climb and a hairpin bend stretches the line before the red flame. Elisa Longo Borghini (Trek-Segafredo) leads but takes the wrong turn at 500 meters! In the home stretch, Lorena Wiebes spearheads and imposes itself well ahead of Elisa Balsamo and Marianne Vos !
—TeamDSM (@TeamDSM) July 28, 2022