Tour de France femmes - 6e étape - Marianne Vos, tactique parfaite et puissance dans le final : Peut-elle y croire ?

Tour de France femmes – 6e étape – Marianne Vos, tactique parfaite et puissance dans le final : Peut-elle y croire ?

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“She’s a superstar, it’s amazing, she’s phenomenal”. This is how to sum up, in a few words, those of his teammate Anna Henderson to the fans who discover the yellow jersey Marianne Vos on this tour. Imitating Lorena Wiebes the day before, the Dutchwoman signed this Friday, in Rosheim, her second stage victory of this 2022 edition, at the end of a 128.6 kilometer race perfectly managed by her and her team. Already adorned with the tunic that has made all cyclists dream since the arrival in Provins, on the evening of the 2nd stage, she has thus managed to widen the gap a little more on her competitors.

“It was a difficult race, we were good with (Anna) Henderson up front. But everyone chased behind the breakaway, it was tough, there was a final with a technical and difficult descent, the team girls stayed with me to position me wellreacted the Dutchwoman, at the microphone ofEurosportafter arrival. They managed to place me well forward, they allowed me to launch myself with speed. In the last corner, I was not in the best position, I just launched (his effort, editor’s note) hoping to stay in front until the end”.

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She now has a 30-second lead in the general classification over Silvia Persico (Valcar-Travel&Service) and Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Canyon-SRAM Racing), her two closest pursuers. With only two stages left before the finish, the race for the yellow jersey is far from over in favor of the three-time road world champion and 2012 Olympic champion, who has become the first rider to win a stage. of the Tour de France women with the overall leader’s jersey on the back.

A Saturday in hell?

Moreover, the “Cannibal” – nickname inherited because of comparisons with her male counterpart Eddy Merckx – recognizes herself that it will be very difficult to maintain this first place. “We have to be realistic”said the 35-year-old runner on Wednesday, when asked about her chances of final victory, while looming, this Saturday, “the most difficult stage of this women’s Tour de France”as described by Eurosport consultant Jacky Durand.

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The 7th day of competition, where the runners will have to rally the Markstein from Sélestat (127.1 kilometers), promises to be full of twists and turns. Three first category climbs are on the program: the Petit Ballon (9.3 km at 8.1% average gradient), the Col du Platzerwasel (7.1 km at 8.3%) and the Grand Ballon (13.5 km at 6.7%), the longest climb proposed this year, the summit of which is located seven terminals from the line.

Suffice to say that Vos is not a favorite. And while, on Sunday, the riders still in contention will have to face the Super Planche des Belles Filles, few would dare to put a coin on the triple winner of the Tour of Italy (2011, 2012 and 2014). Because the competition has sharp teeth, ready to bite into the calves of bib number 41.

Vos: “The girls managed to place me well at the front”

Annemiek Van Vleuten, recent winner of the Giro, will be scrutinized in particular, she who is 1’28” behind Vos overall. While she says she is getting better and better in this Tour, and her pedal stroke was noticed during this 6th stage, the Movistar rider would like to play a bad trick on her compatriot. The French Juliette Labous (DSM), who has 1’19” outlay, the Dutch Demi Vollering (1’11”), but above all Elisa Longho Borghini, 4th at 35 seconds behind Vos, are expected to overtake the leader of the general.

Which, in any case, should not be overtaken by the pressure in the steep passes of the Vosges: “I never expected so many results, I just wanted to be at my best possible level. Of course, I’m very happy”she said this Friday. She will still want to believe in the coronation for as long as possible, with two strong arguments. The first is the powerful and close-knit collective represented by the Jumbo-Visma team.

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The management of the 6th stage proves it: her teammates, who are for the moment complete, execute the race tactics to perfection and are capable of carrying her far. And then there are those fiery legs that make her such a formidable rider who crushed women’s cycling for years. Vos, who didn’t seem to be physically successful after the arrival in Rosheim, will she have enough juice to resist the pack of contenders? Answer tomorrow.

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