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Tour de France Ladies: fourth stage to Bar-sur-Aube – stay! | Tour de France Ladies

64km to go: Demey, as part of the breakaway trio positioning themselves for the impending twisty gravel section, takes the full points in the sprint ahead of Asencio. That leading three have a gap of around 2:20 from the peloton. Vos picked up a handy nine points there.

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1. Demey, 25 pts
2. Asencio, 20 pts
3. Demay, 17 pts
4. Wiebes, 15 pts
5. Confalonieri, 13 pts
6. Kopecky, 11 pts
7. Georgi, 10 pts
8. Vos, 9 pts
9. Swinkels, 8 pts
10. Paladin, 7 pts
11. Korevaar, 6 pts
12. Amialiusik, 5 pts
13. Balsamo, 4 pts
14. Vollering, 3 pts
15. Van Dijk, 2 pts

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Afternoon everyone, and welcome to what could be a pivotal, and will certainly be a challenging, stage of the Tour de France Femmes. It’s been a pretty compelling race so far and though we may not be that surprised to find Marianne Vos in the yellow jersey, she’s had to work hard for it, and she was thrillingly overhauled yesterday by Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig, the Danish rider recovering brilliantly from her stage two horror show.

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Ludwig should be reasonably well suited to today’s stage too, which is a demanding one, featuring gravel sectors and five categorised climbs before a fast descent into the winding streets of Bar-sur-Aube at the finish. Vos will be expected to hold on to her overall lead but Canyon-SRAM’s Kasia Niewiadoma, who’s third in the GC standings, and the Paris-Roubaix winner Elisa Longo Borghini might also be in the mix.

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The riders roll off around 12pm BST/1pm CET. Stay tuned.

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Essential occasions

18km to: Niewiadoma leads the assault from the pack – Vos, Garcia and Vollering kicking with him as they method the summit. Vos then stumbles barely as he leaves the lane earlier than coming again robust, and woe to Garcia – a puncture this time – and takes out Manly as he stops to alter bikes.

Reusser nonetheless has a spot of about 25-30 seconds on the street although.

21km to: And now SD Worx’s Marlen Reusser places himself clear in entrance, constructing a bonus of round 15 seconds. It is a nice efficiency from a rider who’s out of motion as a consequence of Covid this season. His colleague Vollering is distinguished within the group behind them.

Nonetheless, a number of vegetation and a gravel part await.

25.5km to: Two QOM factors for Mischa Bredewold forward of Elise Chabbe, earlier than Alena Amialiusik led the assault from the pack. The following mountain is the Cote de Vitry.

29km to: Glorious work from the irrepressible Cecilie Ludwig, making up for misplaced floor and reaching beneath 20 seconds of the package deal. Unhealthy luck for Niewiadoma, although, who will get punched. The gravel sections are coming from the riders as predicted. However it’s introducing the power to complete pulsating. There are about 20 within the main group.

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33 km to: Proper, so Grace Brown comes ahead, however tries to decelerate to assist her FDJ Suez Futuroscope teammates. Then Van Dijk and Vollering hit the entrance. And Vos continues to be among the many main group as effectively. On the similar time, Margarita Garcia additionally has to alter the wheel and work exhausting to rejoin the pack. That is one hell of a shakeout.

35km to: Into the gravel bowl we go once more, the 13km/h wind velocity did not assist, and the SD Worx assault, led by Lotte Kopecky, as Demay has been arrested. Yesterday’s winner, Cecilie Ludwig, in the meantime has to take over the wheel. Vittoria Guazzini involves his help.

39km to: The peloton regroups with Damay’s lead now round 45 seconds because the third gravel part – certainly one of 4.4km no much less – approaches as they enter Essoyes.

44km to: Heading to the following sector of gravel, and visibility and mobility are restricted by clouds of mud thrown on the floor – and it appears to have come collectively, relatively than an accident, of 4 bikes together with Van Vleuten however they’ll take away. The peloton break up sharply, with Ellen van Dijk on the entrance. Demay continues to be out on his personal on the head of the course.

48km to: Demey is dropped on the primary climb, and Asencio cannot sustain with Demay on this one, and takes full QOM factors and accelerates on the climb, gaining a bonus of round 20 seconds. Behind them South Africa’s Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio is using exhausting in direction of the entrance on what seems to be a diabolical elevation.

50km to: Again to smoother roads for some time, earlier than one other huge climb, on the Cote de val des Clos, and the lead group hole to the yellow jersey group within the peloton stabilizes at round 1:05. The group of three is now two, of Asencio and Demay with Demey eliminated.

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Factors of Côte de Celles-sur-Ource

⛰️ Côte de Celles-sur-Ource (Cat. 3) ⛰️

1️⃣ 🇫🇷Laura Asencio, 3 pts
2️⃣ 🇫🇷@DemayCoralie, 2 pts
3️⃣ 🇧🇪@valeriedemey, 1 pt#TDFF #WatchTheFemmes pic.twitter.com/OBFcAT3l8E

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56km to: Demey loses floor to the opposite two breakaway riders, with Coralie Demay main the best way and reaching the summit first with Ascencio shut behind as they hit the primary gravel stage. It’s dusty and bumpy alike. It is a problem to stability warning and aggression right here.

The hole from the leaders to the peloton decreases, as might be anticipated, to greater than a minute. Every kind of battles happening there as Vollering accelerates on the entrance of the pack. Kasia Niewiadoma can also be well-known.

59km to: The main group of Asencio, Demay and Demay enter the riders start their first ascent with a shot diminished to round 1:50 because the street reduces contact and the peloton begins to stall; the race is beginning to look harder. And look out for Elisa Longo Borghini, who’s effectively positioned in direction of the entrance of the peloton

Valerie Demey takes the primary intermediate race

64km to: Demey, as a part of a breakaway trio to place himself for the approaching twisty gravel part, takes full factors forward of Asencio. The main three have a spot of round 2:20 from the peloton. Vos took Helpful 9 factors there.

Listed below are the complete particulars:

1. Demey, 25 factors
2. Asencio, 20 factors
3. Decline, 17 factors
4. Wiebes, 15 pts
5. Confalonieri, 13 pts
6. Kopecky, 11 pts
7. Georgi, 10 factors
8. Yours, 9 factors
9. Swinkels, 8 pts
10. Paladin, 7 pts
11. Korevaar, 6 pts
12. Amialiusik, 5 factors
13. Balm, 4 pts
14. Dedication, 3 pts
15. Van Dijk, 2 pts

73 km to: The three-rider now has greater than two minutes on the peloton however it’s nonetheless very early days. The riders within the peloton are biding their time now, Vos is targeting his proper facet in direction of the entrance along with his Jumbo-Visma teammates.

82km to: Longest breaks this time from Coralie Demay, Laura Asencio and Valerie Demey and so they moved forward by 1:12. Vos made a quick try to interrupt away from the group behind them however is closely marked and they’re re-entered. We’re about 11 km from the primary intermediate race and 20 km from the primary gravel part – put together for mayhem.

89km to: Fortin continues to be forward driving in direction of the city of Vendeuvre-sur-Barse, however the peloton is simply 12-15 seconds behind.

Some dialogue of promoting: “Relating to the printed from Eurosport,” writes Alan Amos, “does not ASO solely broadcast from mid-race onwards and has nothing to do with Eurosport, who do a poor job of simply speaking? Different channels, akin to France 2 reported on this website that in the identical scenario.

Paul Griffin, in the meantime, simply desires to let rip: “Be grateful Eurosport reveals any bike in any respect. It’s not troublesome to hearken to the highest of the Tour of Flanders or Milan-San Remo and face The World 12-Ball Theoretical Billiards Mega Open from Phoenix; The quarter-finals of the well-known Meta-Badminton elimination part of Uruguay from Montevideo, or worse, a kind of gatherings of ski jumpers falling to the tune of what appears like Can taking part in Benny Hill’s theme on the kazoo. Prime: there isn’t a one within the European world who is aware of higher the strategies of Meta-Badminton than I. The Gauntlet lay there.

95km to: And as quickly as I clear the checklist the attackers are caught earlier than the French rider Valentin Fortin of Cofidis goes solo to the entrance, with a spot of about 15 seconds.

Valentin Fortin comes forward.
Valentin Fortin comes ahead. Picture: Tim de Waele/Getty Photographs

Such an early breach: Balm; Majerus, Reusser, Le Web, Henderson, Markus; Georgi, Koch Cromwell, Boogaard, Manly, Lach, Gasparrini, Alzini, Korevaar, Cant, Schweinberger, Vandenbulck, Bredewold, Borgstrom, Allin, Leth, Buijsman. Not one of the essential GC candidates went with them

104km to: The primary circulation of the tempo sees a brief separation of three riders – Martina Alzini (Cofidis), Thalita De Jong (Liv Racing Xstra) and Marta Lach – however the peloton caught them inside just a few kilometers. Earlier than essentially the most important transfer from the group of 23 riders, who’ve opened a spot of about 10-15 seconds.

118km to: Nothing a lot to report to this point – eight kilometers and no breaks but; peloton nonetheless fairly. Eurosport, in the meantime, is at the moment doing the wonderful factor of constant to regurgitate yesterday’s highlights as a substitute of exhibiting at this time’s stay motion. Though it offers us an opportunity to get pleasure from Ludwig’s emotional interview after his victory within the stage yesterday.

Some extra particulars on at this time’s much-discussed gravel sections – the primary greets the riders at 68.1km, the second at 77.4, then one at 89 and the fourth at 106km. And the race is on.

🚩 The riders have gone previous km 0, stage 4 is on!

🚩 Le peloton a passé le km 0, la 4ème étape est lancée !#TDFF #WatchTheFemmes pic.twitter.com/Z6WqrUoJ5a

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A bit of excellent information: all 131 individuals from yesterday ought to go once more at this time. There have been no withdrawals

It’s a controllable temperature 25 levels within the coronary heart of the charming metropolis of Troyes because the riders set off – they’re going to be doing a 6.9km parade by means of Troyes to get us going. Solely 126.8 kilometers to…

Marianne Vos prepares to leave Troyes to find stage 4 underway.
Marianne Vos prepares to depart Troyes to search out stage 4 underway. Picture: Dario Belingheri/Getty Photographs

How they stand:

Reminder of the GC standings after the third stage

1 Marianne Vos (Jumbo Visma) 08h 30′ 36”

2 Silvia Persico (Valcar – Journey and Service) + 00h 00′ 16”

3 Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Canyon Racing / Sram) + 00h 00 ’16’ ‘

4 Elisa Longo Borghini (Trek – Segafredo) + 00:00 21 ”

5 Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (SD Worx) + 00h 00′ 51”

6 Margarita Victo Garcia Canellas (UAE ADQ Crew) + 00h 00′ 55”

7 Demi Vollering (SD Worx) + 00h 00′ 57”

8 Juliette Labous (Crew DSM) + 00h 01′ 05”

9 Annemiek Van Vleuten (Movistar Crew Ladies) + 00h 01′ 14”

10 Cecilie Ludwig (FDJ Suez Futuroscope) + 00h 01′ 48”

Studying earlier than the race:

Here is yesterday’s report from our man in Épernay, Jeremy Whittle:

Preface

Afternoon everybody, and welcome to what may very well be an necessary, and definitely will probably be a difficult stage, of the Tour de France Femmes. It has been an thrilling race to this point and whereas we won’t be stunned to see Marianne Vos within the yellow jersey, she has needed to work exhausting, and was fortunately changed yesterday by Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig, a Danish rider recovering from sickness. his second-stage horror present.

Ludwig ought to go well with up for at this time’s stage too, which may be very demanding, that includes gravel sectors and 5 categorized climbs earlier than the quick descent to the winding streets of Bar-sur-Aube on the finish. Vos will probably be anticipated to carry on to his general lead however Canyon-SRAM’s Kasia Niewiadoma, who’s third within the GC standings, and Paris-Roubaix winner Elisa Longo Borghini may be within the combine.

Operators begin round 12pm BST/1pm CET. Keep tuned.

Step 4 map
Map of the fourth step. Picture: TdF

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