Van Vloiten and Wollering widen the gap, Voss 10 minutes off the lead... Follow Stage 7

Van Vloiten and Wollering widen the gap, Voss 10 minutes off the lead… Follow Stage 7

The penultimate stage between Sélestat and Markstein-Fellering, 127.1 km long, is the royal stage with the Petit and Grand Ballon d’Alsace climbs.

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The beginning of the last explanation. For this seventh and penultimate stage of Women’s Tour de France, Saturday 30 July, the peloton has to cover 127.1 km between Selestat in Lower Rhine and the ski resort of Markstein in the Vosges mountains. Lrunners will face three first-category transitions with 29.9km of ascent, for a total drop of 3692m over the final 90km.

After six first hilly stages, but without any bandages, it’s the start of the mountains in this Tour de France, before the final event between Lure and La Super Planche des Belles Filles on Sunday. After six grueling days, sometimes punctuated by falls and stages that have already exhausted the bodies massively, the gaps must widen in the peloton.

Still in the yellow jersey, having won on Friday and now well ahead in the green jersey after the fall of the world’s best sprinter Lorena Wiebs, Marian Voss (Jumbo-Visma) has reason to worry. The favorites will need to attack in the passes to hope to seed him, notably Elisa Longo Borghini (Trek-Segafredo), 4th at 35” and much more comfortable in the mountains than in the sprints.

2nd and 3rd respectively at 30”, Silvia Persico (Valcar Travel), a cyclocross specialist, and Katarzyna Nevidoma (Canyon-SRAM Racing), an experienced striker, will also want to attack one of the climbs. We have yet to find out which one. The final climb of the Grand Ballon (13.5 km at 6.7%) should be the scene of the battle for victory, as there will be only seven kilometers of gentle descent to the finish.

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