Kristen Faulkner raises her arms in victory as she soloes to the win in stage 5 of La Vuelta Femenina.

La Vuelta Femenina: Faulkner wins stage 4 as echelons split GC favourites

Marianne Vos took the red jersey from Blanka Vas going into the fifth stage.

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by Abby Mickey 01.05.2024 Photography by
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The fourth stage of the Vuelta Femenina was defined by crosswinds, with SD Worx-Protime taking the initiative to split the race apart with 114 km to go. With six kilometers to go, attacks started from the front group, and a move by Kristen Faulkner (EF Education-Cannondale) was the one that shook the race.

Faulkner won the stage 10 seconds ahead of Georgia Baker (Liv AlUla Jayco), with Marianne Vos (Visma-Lease a Bike) sprinting to third. Faulkner’s narrow solo win marks the second stage victory for her EF squad this week. While a handful of GC favourites successfully kept their general classification hopes alive, some top favourites lost time in the echelons, including Liane Lippert, Mavi García, and Gaia Realini.

Vos pulled on the red leader’s jersey at the end of the stage with Blanka Vas in second place, five seconds behind, and Faulkner third another four seconds down, before the race heads into the mountains on stage 5.

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Marianne Vos raises her arm on the podium as she collects the red jersey for current race leader.
Vos in red.

Quote of the day

We came to try and win some stages and we’ve already won two, so I think early in the Vuelta we’re proud of what we’ve acomplished so far.

Kristen Faulkner post-stage 4 of La Vuelta

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