Race report

Liane Lippert 4th on stage and holds onto young rider jersey, Elise Uijen QOM

Tour de Romandie Féminin

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.

Lippert said: “I think everyone was a bit nervous and excited for the finish today, as it is not so often we have a finish at 2000 metres altitude. At the start we had the QOM and Elise did a super good job there to take the points and hold onto that, before making the breakaway. Elise then got caught on the next climb where the pace was super high, and I managed to go over first and take the points away form others. The group was then pretty small and it was honest on the final climb. Juliette and I communicated well about how we felt and followed the important moves. I felt really good on the bottom of the climb and Juliette set a pace that was really good and she dropped quite a few strong riders like Vollering and Ludwig so that was a good effort from her and I made it into a group of four. Unfortunately on the steep bit I exploded a little. I was following two of the best climbers in the world and got a bit overexcited and then exploded but I kept pushing and made it to the finish in fourth place. Overall it was an okay day for us I think. I was hoping of making the podium but on a finish like this I think we can be satisfied and everyone did a good job.”

Team DSM coach Albert Timmer added: “I think today having Elise in the break was good. It was a nice situation that she could take the points on the first climb and we had hoped that she could make it over the next one but the race exploded. Then on the final climb it was pretty honest. Juliette set a good pace and Liane did a really good climb and we took the maximum we could from the day, so I think we can be satisfied with that.”

Results

Pos. Rider Team Time Points
1 MOOLMAN Ashleigh Team SD Worx 3:23:35 50
2 VAN VLEUTEN Annemiek Movistar Team 0:26 40
3 LONGO BORGHINI Elisa Trek - Segafredo 0:43 30