Marianne Vos has again sprinted to a podium in the Tour de France Femmes. During the fifth stage, the Dutch rider was well-positioned in the final kilometre in Saint-Dié-Des-Vosges, but could not prevent Lorena Wiebes from winning.
Because of her third place, Vos defended her yellow leader’s jersey superbly. She even took some bonification seconds at the finish. The sprinters teams and Team Jumbo-Visma, which kept Vos well in front, controlled the longest Tour stage, almost 176 km, for a long time. The peloton never gave the four-rider leading group much space and caught them a few kilometres from the finish.
Some forty kilometres earlier, Anna Henderson had been involved in a massive crash, but she could continue quickly and did not suffer much damage.
Vos spoke of a fair but hectic sprint afterwards. “From the last climb, we had to sprint. The speed was very high. The last kilometres were chaotic, but we did well as a team. Lorena had more speed in the last metres. I tried to follow her, but she was faster.”
“It was a good day because I also grabbed some seconds”, she continued. “It was a long and challenging stage. Every team had to fight to stay out of trouble.” The green jersey is also a goal for Vos. “I have a nice lead and want to keep it. That is a nice thing to achieve.”