Neben hangs on to Route de France lead

Amber Neben at Redlands

Amber Neben at Redlands (Image credit: Mitch Clinton)

American Amber Neben held onto her lead over Russian Sveltala Bubnenkova in the overall classification of the Route de France Féminine on the challenging penultimate stage to La Bresse on Friday. Bubnenkova won the stage in a difficult uphill finish that was preceded by a leg-sapping climb of the Col du Brabant in the final five kilometres. Neben had her team-mate Mara Abbott nearby on the final climb to help her stay in contact with Bubnenkova, whom Neben leads by 1'04" in the general classification going into the final stage.

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