'I left my lungs on the road' - Elisa Longo Borghini seals podium spot at Tour de Suisse Women

CHAMPAGNE SWITZERLAND JUNE 18 Elisa Longo Borghini of Italy and Team LidlTrek competes during the 4th Tour de Suisse Women 2024 Stage 4 a 1275km stage from Champagne to Champagne UCIWWT on June 18 2024 in Champagne Switzerland Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images
Elisa Longo Borghini of Lidl-Trek works in the breakaway ahead of eventual winner Demi Vollering of SD Worx-Protime (Image credit: Tim de Waele/Getty Images)

Stage 4 of the Tour de Suisse Women provided a breathtaking finale to the alpine stage race as just four riders broke free from a front group of 13 with a dozen kilometres remaining in the 127.5km route. The Elisa Longo Borghini (Lidl-Trek) neutralised multiple attacks by the Canyon-SRAM duo of Kasia Niewiadoma and Neve Bradbury across the final 10km and tried to anticipate a last effort in the sprint in Champagne.

A final spark from the Italian Champion would fall short to Demi Vollering (SD Worx-Protime), who won her third stage in four days and the overall title

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Lukas Knöfler started working in cycling communications in 2013 and has seen the inside of the scene from many angles. Having worked as press officer for teams and races and written for several online and print publications, he has been Cyclingnews’ Women’s WorldTour correspondent since 2018.