The final day of action at Itzulia Women saw the bunch take on a parcours similar to that of Classica San Sebastian with the climbs of Jaizkibel and the brutally steep Murgil Tontorra in the finale. It was a punchy start but things soon calmed down and a breakaway managed to establish itself out front. With no immediate threat on GC they were allowed to build up a gap of over five minutes.
On the Jaizkibel the team came forward en masse and started to set the pace in the bunch, reducing the gap to those out front. Over the top of the penultimate climb attacks flew in the bunch with Liane Lippert following a dangerous move but things came back together and trio were still ahead as the bunch raced towards Murgil Tontorra. Strong work from Esmée Peperkamp saw Juliette Labous, Floortje Mackaij and Lippert well positioned for the stingingly steep ascent. It became a race of attrition as the peloton ground their way up the slopes, with Labous and Lippert making the main chasing group which crested the climb just behind eventual stage winner Vollering, Flying down the descent, Mackaij joined her Team DSM teammates as her and Labous helped to set up the sprint finish where Lippert showed a great turn of speed to “win’ from the chasing group and take a strong second place.
Mackaij held on for sixth with Labous ninth, meaning it was a good triple top ten for the team on the stage. A result that was reflected in the overall GC where Labous claimed fifth, Lippert sixth and Mackaij eighth; rounding out a strong three days of racing for the team.