After yesterday’s team time trial, the peloton headed for the climbs today and a tough afternoon come evening in the saddle lay ahead of them.
It was an attacking start to the day but eventually a four rider breakaway went clear, which over the following climbs slimmed down to just two riders. Back in the peloton, the team looked after each other well and heading onto the penultimate ascent the break was caught and the race was back together. Almost immediately from the bottom Van Vleuten applied pressure at the head of the bunch and Liane Lippert rode brilliantly to make the front selection of five, while Juliette Labous fought in the next chasing group behind. The race split up even more with Lippert riding smartly, setting her own tempo to not go into the red and she eventually joined up with Longo Borghini, and the duo caught Vollering at the start of the penultimate climb.
From there, the race stayed in a similar status-quo pattern with Van Vleuten holding onto an imperious lead to take the stage win, while behind Lippert and her two companions would come to the line together to fight it out for the rest of the stage podium. Giving her all to the finish, Lippert threw her bike and took a strong third place on the line; while behind Labous sprinted to ninth from the chasing group, making it a double top ten for the team on the day.