Tour de l'Avenir Femmes: Gaia Realini climbs to solo stage 4 victory at Megéve

Gaia Realini (Italy) rode to solo mountain victory on stage 4 of Tour de l'Avenir
Tour de l'Avenir Femmes 2023: Gaia Realini (Italy) rode to solo mountain victory on stage 4 (Image credit: Tour de l'Avenir Femmes / Anouk Flesch)

Gaia Realini (Italy) rode solo on the slopes to Megéve and won stage 4 of the Tour de l'Avenir Femmes. From a chase group of three riders, Shirin Van Anrooij (Netherlands) finished 41 seconds back for second place. The sprint for third was taken by Anna Shackley (Great Britain) edging race leader Antonia Niedermaier (Germany) at the line.

Niedermaier retained the race lead with a strong finish in the small group of chasers. She has to fight for the overall on the final day of racing Friday, holding 14 seconds ahead of Shackley. Van Anrooij gained 4 seconds but remains third overall, 19 seconds back. Realini used her stage win on Thursday to move up seven spots, and is fourth overall just 33 seconds off the top step of the GC podium.

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Jackie Tyson
North American Production editor

Jackie has been involved in professional sports for more than 30 years in news reporting, sports marketing and public relations. She founded Peloton Sports in 1998, a sports marketing and public relations agency, which managed projects for Tour de Georgia, Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah and USA Cycling. She also founded Bike Alpharetta Inc, a Georgia non-profit to promote safe cycling. She is proud to have worked in professional baseball for six years - from selling advertising to pulling the tarp for several minor league teams. She has climbed l'Alpe d'Huez three times (not fast). Her favorite road and gravel rides are around horse farms in north Georgia (USA) and around lavender fields in Provence (France), and some mtb rides in Park City, Utah (USA).

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