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Wiebes shows her raw power in victory of the fifth stage of the Women’s Tour de France

By on July 28, 2022 0

Lorena Wiebes demonstrated her impressive qualities as a sprinter by winning the fifth and longest stage of the Women’s Tour de France on Thursday in Saint-Dié

SaintDi desVosges, France, (APP – UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News – July 28, 2022): Lorena Wiebes demonstrated her impressive sprinting abilities by winning the fifth and longest stage of the Women’s Tour de France on Thursday in Saint-Dié.

The Dutch rider blew away her rivals to edge past Italian world champion Elisa Balsamo and yellow jersey wearer Marianne Vos to claim her second stage win after Sunday’s opener in Paris.

“When Lorena started her sprint, we couldn’t see her again, it was raw power,” Vos said.

Vos de Jumbo-Visma nevertheless took four bonus seconds thanks to her third place and gained time over all her rivals as the last three days of racing approached.

“I felt strong in the sprint,” Wiebes said of the 176.5km race from Bar-le-Duc to Saint-Die in northeastern France. “It was the longest race I have ever done. I have never even done such an outing even in training.” The Team DSM rider has proven to be nearly unbeatable in the sprint, with only Balsamo managing to take the lead twice this season.

“The goal is to take the green jersey,” Wiebes, 23, said of the honor going to top sprinter as she took her 17th victory of the season and 53rd of her career.

Vos, 35, one of the big names in cycling, leads Italian Silvia Persico by 20 seconds in the general classification after her fifth top five in as many stages.

But several top sprinters lost out after being caught up in a mass crash 45km from the finish line.

Belgium’s Lotte Kopecky was delayed and then slowed by mechanical problems with Denmark’s Emma Norsgaard who received a hard blow to the left shoulder, back and head and retired from the race.

Prior to the crash involving around 30 riders, the day had been enlivened by a four-rider breakaway controlled by DSM and Trek-Segafredo with a four-minute cushion on the peloton.

The last two survivors, the French Victoire Berteau and the Cypriot Antri Christoforou, were swallowed up less than 3km from the line.

If they have any energy left, they can try their luck again on Friday, probably the last chance for those who are not aiming for overall victory.

Friday’s sixth stage covers 129km to Roshelm before the weekend’s highlight in the Vosges.