Team Jumbo-Visma has finished the first edition of the Tour de France Femmes with two stage victories and the victory in the points classification. In the final stage to the Super Planche des Belles Filles, Marianne Vos secured her green jersey.
The final stage from Lure to La Super Planche des Belles Filles took the riders over three categorised climbs. Shortly after the top of the first climb, thirteen riders managed to break away. The group took a two-minute lead, but the group of favourites reeled them in on the Super Planche.
As soon as the final climb reared up, Rooijakkers went on the attack, with Garcia responding, but it was soon clear it wasn’t a breakaway day. After less than a kilometre, Van Vleuten made her move, accelerating out of the saddle while speaking into her radio to tell Patiño to drop and pace her. Her teammate duly provided the springboard, with no one else able to follow. As yesterday, Vollering mustered the best effort but the rest were left floundering.
Van Vleuten reached Garcia just over 5km from the summit and ripped clear with a vision acceleration. From there, she gained on everyone as she rode alone all the way to the top of the mountain, finishing with super steep ramps and gravel tracks. Vollering rode alone to take another second place and cement second overall, crossing the line 30 seconds down.
The next group on the road was soon down to Niewiadoma, Persico, Labous, Ewers, and Ludwig, although the latter started to fade 2.5km from the top. Persico had the edge on the final 24% ramp to take third place on the stage, just ahead of Niewiadoma, who sealed the final spot on the overall podium.
Vos secured the green jersey in the final stage and looked back on the Tour de Femmes’ first edition with pride. “It was an incredibly beautiful week. As a team, we wanted to win a stage and succeeded twice. As a bonus, we were able to ride in yellow for five days and take the green jersey, which makes me very happy. I am grateful to the whole team for helping me so much every day. I could not have wished for a better first edition of the Tour.”