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Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift stage 5 Live - Wiebes claims second win after massive crash mars stage

The profile of stage 5 of the 2022 Tour de France Femmes

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The Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift: the complete guide 


Bonjour and welcome to the Cyclingnews live coverage of stage 5 of the 2022 Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift.

We're just a few minutes from the stage start with riders careful to be hydrated and ready for the long day in the saddle. 

All the jersey wearers are on the start line, at the front of the grid.

Here we go! 

The riders face 4km of neutralised riding before the flag drops and the stage starts.

After the Champs-Elysées and Provins, the sprinters get another, perhaps final chance to win in Saint-Dié-des-Vosges. 

C'est Parti! 

All the riders who finished yesterday's stage are in action today, so we have 130 riders in the peloton.

Today's 175km stage is largely flat but does include 3 climbs. 

They're off! 

After 5km the peloton is still together. 

The riders will cover 175.6 kilometers between Bar-le-Duc and Saint-Dié-des-Vosges. That is also the longest distance ever in a UCI women's race.

Annemiek van Vleuten is also looking forward to the longest stage. 

After 15 kilometres there is the first attack of the day. 

150km to go

Human Powered Health also want to make the break and so lead the chase.

Emily Newsom (EF Education-Tibco-SVB) and Anya Louw (AG Insurance-NXTG) remain out front with a gap of 20 seconds.

This is today's stage. 

142km to go

135km to go

It was good to see the French Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne at the start of the stage.  

130km to go

Stage 4 of the Tour de France Femmes was expected to shake up the general classification. In the end, most of the GC contenders marked each other after several of them had crashed or punctured on the gravel sectors.

Click below to study the current GC standings. 

Marianne Vos came through the gravel on stage 4 unscathed to finish fifth and maintained her lead in the overall classification at the Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift

Click here to read what Vos said. 

Here's the break of the day. 

Mavi Garcia’s overall ambitions at the Tour de France Femmes Avec Zwift were wrecked by her own UAE Team ADQ team car during the final kilometres of stage 4 after the vehicle touched the Spanish champion’s rear wheel, causing her to crash.

Click below to read the full story and reaction from DS Rubens Bertogliati.

120km to go

The four brave attackers are Victoire Berteau (Cofidis), Antri Christoforou (Human Powered Health), Emily Newsom (EF Education-Tibco-SVB) and Anya Louw (AG Insurance-NXTG).

The race has settled but Team DSM are leading the peloton. They clearly want a sprint finish for Lorena Wiebes. 

Lorena Wiebes (Team DSM) is the favorite to win this stage if it ends in a sprint. 

“I hope for a bunch sprint finish”, the World champion Elisa Balsamo (Trek-Segafredo) said at the start. 

105km to go

The 4 leaders still have a lead of 3:30 after the climb.

97km to go

For a moment Yuliia Biriukova (Arkea),  India Grangier (Stade Rochelais Charente-Maritime) and Henrietta Christie (Human Powered Health) formed a counter-attack but were quickly caught by the peloton.  

Today's attack started like this, with Emily Newsom (EF Education-Tibco-SVB) and Anya Louw (AG Insurance-NXTG) attacking first.

They were joined by Victoire Berteau (Cofidis), Antri Christoforou (Human Powered Health) to create a four-rider attack. 

However the peloton kept them in check and at round 3:00. 

It's currently a nice 26C out on the road. 

75km to go

Yet again there are huge crowds out along the stage today. 

70km to go

The break passes the summit of the Côte de Gripport climb.

60km to go

Anya Louw (AG Insurance-NXTG) jumped away to win the sprint. 

There's a real sprint for points in the peloton. 

Vos accelerates but Wiebes takes it. 

55km to go

It's been a day of smiles for race leader Marianne Vos so far. He yellow jersey is surely safe for another day. 

Reports coming through that Barbara Malcotti (Human Powered Health) has been disqualified from the race for 'an irregular assistance', which is often commissaire-speak for getting a tow from a car, but as yet tbc.

45 kilometres to go

Has happened on a straight road, the road is almost completely blocked. Mechanics rushing up with sparewheels, some riders injured on the middle and the righthand side of the road. Emma Norsgaard (Movistar) is one of those affected.

Norsgaard is standing up on the left, but visibly in pain. 

42 kilometres to go

Numerous stragglers from this  huge crash, with Kopecky in a three-rider group, all trying to regain contact. Trek -Segafredo are leading the peloton, with Marianne Vos (Jumbo-Visma) surrounded by her domestiques, with Kopecky's group some 30 seconds back. Former World Champion Chantal ven dan Broek-Blaak (SDWorx), with a bandage and blood dripping down her right arm is a further minute adrift.

36 kilometres to go

Victoire Berteau (Cofidis), Antri Christoforou (Human Powered Health), Emily Newsom (EF Education-Tibco-SVB) and Anya Louw (AG Insurance-NXTG) step up their pace as they realise the bunch's pursuit is in earnest.

Bike change for Silvia Persico (Valcar-Travel&Service), second overall, presumably a knock-on effect from the crash. But she catches up with another group of stragglers from the crash about to regain contact and will make it back into the main group. 

Chantal van den Broeck-Blaak (SD Worx) gets a proper mobile checkup from the race doctor on her injured right arm, which she says via race radio is 'bleeding a lot'. They reach her soon afterwards, the doc. puts on a hefty gauze bandage, and she continues riding.

It's been confirmed that Emma Norsgaard (Movistar Team), one of the worst affected riders in the crash,  has abandoned.

Bike change for Lotte Kopecky (SD Worx)

27.5 kilometres to go

With road dirt and bike grease streaked down her face, Marta Bastianelli (UAE Team ADQ) rides at the rear of the peloton, yet another victim of the huge pile up that affected the peloton in the final hour.

23 kilometres to go

Very soon the race will be tackling the last climb of the day, the Col du Haut du Bois, a 1.5 kilometre ascent at a relatively gentle  4.9 percent average. It's a 'bonus climb,' with a time bonus on GC for the first three riders across the top.

And as the race hits the climb, UAE Team ADQ, DSM and Jumbo-Visma are all suddenly giving it a lot more gas at the front.

As the break's lead crumbles, Victoire Berteau (Cofidis) and Antri Christoforou (Human Powered Health) attempt to go clear of their two breakaway companions on the climb. 

20.3 kilometres to go

No change on for the top riders on GC from the bonus seconds on offer on that climb, therefore as the bunch sweeps down the broad, well-surfaced road that leads off the Col du Haut du Bois.

16 kilometres to go

St. MIchel - Auber '93 and Trek-Segafredo, the latter led by European champion Ellen van Dijk, are racking up the pace in the peloton. 

An image of Chantal van den Broek-Blaak (SD Worx) following the mass crash in the final hour.