Team Jumbo-Visma Women fight hard on fourth stage Tour de France Femmes
Coryn Labecki was part of a large breakaway on the fourth day of the Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift. The 30-year-old American had to let go on the penultimate climb. Race leader Riejanne Markus lost a minute to the lead group in Rodez. The stage win went to Yara Kastelijn.
In the relatively flat opening phase, a large lead group of 14 riders emerged. After two attacks by Labecki in the third stage, the rider of Jumbo-Visma Women managed to get into the breakaway. The group's advantage grew to around 10 minutes. The rough hills in the final part of the stage proved too much for Labecki and some of her escape companions. Only Kastelijn was able to escape the chasing group of favourites.
"It was a long day”, Labecki said. "It was nice to be part of such a big breakaway. I wanted to do everything I could to get the stage win today, but the last part of the stage was too tricky for me. Looking back, I'm happy that I was able to do Riejanne a favour at the end.”
"On the last climb, Vollering and Van Vleuten attacked. They proved too fast for me"
In this group of favourites, both Markus and Amber Kraak rode well up the climb. Eventually, the two Jumbo-Visma women had to let go after Annemiek van Vleuten and Demi Vollering accelerated. Markus crossed the line in Rodez in a chase group with Kraak and Labecki.
"The stage went differently than we expected”, Markus said. "The lead group immediately got a very big gap. Luckily we had a teammate with us at the front in Coryn. In the peloton, we always were well-positioned for the climbs, and I could follow well. I reacted quickly to Lotte Kopecky's breakaway. On the last climb, Vollering and Van Vleuten attacked. They proved too fast for me. Amber and Coryn helped me chase down the favourites. I'm proud of them. This was the best I could do today.”