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Stage 6 gallery: Vos is Boss at Tour de France Femmes

29 Jul 2022

Marianne Vos winning in the yellow jersey at the Tour de France Femmes. You’d be hard pressed to find a more beautiful sentence than that.

The Jumbo-Visma rider proved why she truly is the GOAT of women’s cycling with her second stage victory of the race, besting Lotte Kopecky (SD Worx) and Elisa Balsamo (Trek-Segafredo) in a fierce sprint finish into Rosheim.

40km after the flag drop in Saint-Dié-des-Vosges, a group of 14 riders broke away and their advantage grew to over a minute.

Included was French national champion Audrey Cordon-Ragot – who had to pace Trek-Segafredo teammate Elisa Longo Borghini back into the peloton after an early mechanical.

Green jersey Lorena Wiebes (Team DSM) and Kopecky hit the ground on the descent of the Route de Mollkirch. Both were able to get back on their bikes, but Wiebes looked to suffer a painful right elbow injury.

Marie Le Net (FDJ) attacked from her breakaway companions Anna Henderson (Jumbo-Visma) and Joss Lowden (Uno-X) on the Côte de Boersch yet Trek-Segafredo, in particular Ellen van Dijk, pulled hard on the front of the peloton to reel the trio back in.

Le Net won the combativity award on the day, caught with 5.3km remaining.

It was to be a bunch sprint as the contenders flew into the finish. Van Dijk led the group as Vos launched her final effort, averaging 55.5kmh to win the 128.6km stage in Rosheim ahead of Marta Bastianelli (UAE Team ADQ) and Kopecky.

Relive the stage with our gallery from Russ Ellis (Cycling Images).

Julia Borgström of AG Insurance-NXTG Team is bandaged up.

Now there's a unique shot. 

The peloton pass by in a flash. Marianne Vos, who previously won on Stage 2, wears the yellow jersey proudly.

The mass of bodies snakes through villages on the 129km route from Saint-Dié-des-Vosges to Rosheim.

It was a tough day for Lorena Wiebes who crashed on the Route de Mollkirch descent, ripping her shorts and bleeding from her elbow.

Reflections. (Is that Natasha Kaplinsky?)

World Champion Elisa Balsamo (Trek-Segafredo) sits near yellow jersey Vos.

It came down to a bunch sprint at the finish. From L-R: Vos, Bastianelli, Balsamo and Persico. 

Even Lotte Kopecky, who finished third, knew there would be no outsprinting Vos today. 

I think today was wheelie good. Feeling tyred anyone? I'll stop.

Teammates that ride together, sit down together.

The sweet, sweet taste of success.

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