Noemi Cantele (Team Bigla) continues to lead the Trophée d'Or women's race in France, ahead of teammate Nicole Brändli and Joanne Kiesanowski of the New Zealand national team. The race featured two short stages on Monday, with Safi-Pasta's Giorgia Bronzini winning the early stage and T-Mobile's Ina-Yoko Teutenberg taking stage five in the afternoon.
Stage four started at 9:45 and the women went 75 kilometres from Sancoins to Orval over hilly terrain with two ranked climbs. Cantele got into an escape group, which T-Mobile helped to pull back. In the mass sprint Bronzini won ahead of Ludivine Henrion (DSB Bank) and Monica Holler (Bigla).
That was followed by a late afternoon stage of 70 kilometres from Chateaumeillant to St. Amand. No escape groups were able to successfully get away. Tuetenberg won the mass sprint for her tenth win of the season.
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