Tour de France Femmes stage 6 report: Norsgaard wins from the break, denying the sprinters yet again

Another day that seemed destined for the sprinters was, in fact, not.

Emma Norsgaard wins stage 6 of the Tour de France Femmes. Photo: Rafa Gomez/SCA/Cor Vos © 2023

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by Dane Cash 28.07.2023 Photography by
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A breakaway rider once again foiled the sprinters on what seemed like an obvious sprint stage on Friday at the Tour de France Femmes, as Emma Norsgaard (Movistar) narrowly held on to win stage 6 in Blagnac.

The 24-year-old Dane was the last survivor of a three-rider move and she held out just enough to take the victory ahead of Charlotte Kool (DSM-Firmenich) and race leader Lotte Kopecky (SD Worx-Protime) on a stage that featured a few crashes in the final 60 km, including with around one kilometer to go. Nonetheless, there were no major changes in the GC battle on the day.



Emma Norsgaard pushing the pace in the breakaway on stage 6 of the Tour de France Femmes. Photo: Rafa Gomez/SCA/Cor Vos © 2023

Brief analysis

Emma Norsgaard holds on ahead of the sprinters. Photo: Rafa Gomez/SCA/Cor Vos © 2023

Stage 7 preview

It’s time for the climbers to come to the fore at the Tour de France Femmes. A short but challenging stage 7 will take the peloton over the Category 1 Col d’Aspin after the midway point of the stage, and then it will finish on the hors categorie Col du Tourmalet. At 17.2 km with a 7.3 percent average gradient, it will almost certainly see major gaps among the finishers and it will have a huge impact on the overall battle.

Quote of the day

“I’m lost for words really. It’s been a really difficult start of the year,” said an emotional Norsgaard after her victory. “I want to thank everyone around me. My family, husband, the team, for still believing in me after being out the whole spring. Yeah, I’m super emotional, I’m sorry – this is the biggest victory ever – I’m so, so happy.”

She also noted that despite her talents as a fast finisher, she decided to try her luck in the break given recent results, a decision that paid off in the end.

“I think I’m not a sprinter anymore. I have realized I might be fast but I cannot keep up with the real sprinters,” she said. “I took a chance today and reached for the stars. Here we are.”

Further reading

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