Tour de France Femmes stage 4 report: Kastelijn solos to her first pro road win

Kastelijn takes the victory in style as Vollering nabs a few seconds on Van Vleuten.

Yara Kastelijn on the attack on stage 4 of the Tour de France Femmes. Photo: Rafa Gomez/SCA/Cor Vos © 2023

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by Dane Cash 26.07.2023 Photography by
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Yara Kastelijn (Fenix-Deceuninck) soloed clear of the breakaway to claim Wednesday’s stage 4 of the Tour de France Femmes, the longest day of racing on the Women’s WorldTour this year.

Kastelijn and Audrey Cordon-Ragot (Human Powered Health) left the rest of the move behind on the penultimate climb of the day, and then Kastelijn went solo and stayed clear for her first pro road win.

Demi Vollering (SD Worx-Protime) took runner-up honors on the day – and valuable bonus seconds – ahead of Anouska Koster (Uno-X) in third. Annemiek van Vleuten (Movistar) finished a few seconds later with race leader Lotte Kopecky (SD Worx-Protime) not far behind that, retaining her yellow jersey for another day.



Yara Kastelijn wins stage 4 of the Tour de France Femmes: Photo: Rafa Gomez/SCA/Cor Vos © 2023

Brief analysis

Meanwhile, back on the neutral service moto …

The Shimano neutral service crew is ostensibly there to help the riders with untimely mechanicals, but sometimes, even motos ride into a ditch.

Stage 5 preview

After a hilly fourth stage, the Tour peloton will head into a likely sprint stage on Thursday. Stage 5 runs 126.1 km from Onet-le-Château to Albi, and although there is a trio of small climbs that starts a bit after the midway point of the stage, the last of them tops out with more than 20 km to go. Lorena Wiebes seems like a strong favorite here.

Quote of the day

Even after her massive ride alone in the finale, Kastelijn was quick to attribute the win to a group effort.

“It is really a team victory, because I had to do nothing all day,” she said, giving Truyen her due credit – even if meant downplaying her own individual efforts perhaps a bit too much.

Outside of the Fenix-Deceuninck squad, there may have been less appreciation for Kastelijn’s strategy of saving her legs for that big late attack, but that’s bike racing. As Kastelijn put it: “I think other girls in the front were a bit angry with me, but my coach told us we are not here to make friends.”

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