Holland's Annemieke van Vloiten has taken power in the women's Tour of France after a big number

Holland’s Annemieke van Vloiten has taken power in the women’s Tour of France after a big number

A heavy favorite at the Tour de France, but ill at the start of the week, Annemiek van Vleuten knocked out all her opponents on Saturday at the Vosges Crossing to take the Yellow Jersey and calmly go on to Sunday’s final victory. Three weeks after her undisputed success at the Giro, the Dutchwoman achieved an anthology number: she took off solo 62 km from the finish on the steep slopes of the Placerwazel, the second climb of the day.

At that time, only one rival was still following Van Vleuten: Demi Vollering (SD Worx). The two Dutch women had scattered the entire peloton as soon as they climbed the Petit Ballon, 86 km from the finish: Yellow jersey Marianne Vos quickly let go. Among the other contenders (Longo-Borghini, Nievidoma) it was quick work and the gap increased impressively with the kilometers.

Juliet Labus, 4th overall

After a solo climb of the Grand Ballon, Van Vleuten crossed the finish line 3’16” ahead of Volllering. That cushion of a few minutes will allow him to attack the Super Planche des Belles Filles without much worry on Sunday. At 39, she will add another line to an impressive record (Giro 2019, 2020 and 2022, Olympic title, 3 world titles…).

Behind the favourite, the tension now concerns the places of honour: Elisa Longo-Borghini hunted solo for a long time on Saturday before being overtaken in the final kilometers by the Niewiadoma – Ludwig – Labous trio. Fourth in the stage, the Frenchwoman from the DSM team is also 4th overall (5’22”) before the grand final.

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