Tour de France Femmes stage 5 report: Bauernfeind breaks out

The WorldTour rookie on Canyon-SRAM raced like a veteran pro en route to a stage win.

Joe Lindsey
by Joe Lindsey 27.07.2023 Photography by
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First-year WorldTour pro Ricard Bauernfeind (Canyon-SRAM) struck out in a bold solo attack more than 30 km from the finish and held off the chase to win stage 5 of the Tour de France Femmes. Marlen Reusser chased hard but couldn’t close the gap and finished second just ahead of Liane Lippert, while Reusser’s SD Worx teammate and yellow jersey Lotte Kopecky led home the pack and preserved her overall lead.



Brief analysis

A common sight on the day: Marlen Reusser either setting pace or chasing down a breakaway. Photo © Rafa Gomez/Cor Vos

Stage 6 preview

OK, really, this one is for sure going to be a sprint stage. Of four possible sprint finishes in the Tour de France Femmes so far, only one has panned out that way. But Friday’s stage is the last chance for the fast finishers, and with Wiebes out, teams like DSM-Firmenich and Jumbo-Visma will be motivated for their sprinters, Charlotte Kool and Marianne Vos, respectively. The 122.1 km route from Albi to Blagnac has no particular difficulties: just four Category 4 climbs, none longer than 2.8 km or steeper than 5% average, and the final climb, the Côte de la Gayre, comes 30 km from the finish. Of course, riders are tired, and after what we’ve seen the past two days what will actually happen is anyone’s guess, but a sprint is the most likely outcome.

Quote of the day

SD Worx is spoiled with victories so for them second is (scoffs) but for me it’s nice.

-Marlen Reusser

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