Photo Credit: KeyStone / Tour de Romandie Féminin
After yesterday’s hilly day in the saddle, today the peloton were faced with a day in the mountains and a brutally tough summit finish at Thyon 2000. With a climb early in the day things were kept together and Elise Uijen continued the defence of her QOM jersey by taking the maximum points over the top, and going clear with Williams.
The duo built up a lead which reached almost four minutes at one point but as the kilometres ticked by the peloton slowly started to reel them in and their gap started to tumble on the penultimate climb of the day. On that ascent the pace in the bunch ramped up dramatically and after good positioning work by Francesca Barale and Floortje Mackaij, Juliette Labous and Liane Lippert found themselves in an elite group of around 17 riders as they caught and passed Uijen.
On the valley road before the last climb a trio of riders forged on, with their gap held at around one minute, but as the climb to the line begun their gap fell. Labous came to the front of the bunch and set a steady tempo, catching the attackers at around nine kilometres to go. From there, the attacks started over again with Lippert following a strong Moolman Pasio, eventually forming a group of four out front. The tempo remained on for the rest of the race and when Moolman Pasio made her stage winning move, Lippert had to let go of the wheels. Riding at her own pace all the way to the line, Lippert took a very good and credible fourth place finish – holding onto the best young rider jersey; with Uijen doing the same in the QOM competition.