The team had a goal today… Be part of the break-away group, and so they did.
In the early beginning of the stage, Anya did get a chance and made a successful attack. She was joined by three other riders and they worked well to build a lead of more than three and a half minutes.
She even won the intermediate sprint with around 60 kilometers to go but was not able to follow the group 20 kilometers before the finish.
“Today was a stage where there were a lot of opportunities and that was to get in the breakaway early and stay away,” she said at the end of stage 5. “We knew that a lot of people would be down already on GC, including myself, and it was a possibility that a lot of the big teams would let something go up the road.”
Ilse, Lone and Julia crossed the finish line into the pack and all three were involved in the big crash. There was no major damage, and they were able to continue their way easily.
Julia managed to keep her second place (+16″) in the youth classification.
During our first Tour de France Femmes, our team is followed by HLN (Het Laatste Nieuws). We showed them how we prepare for such a big race and give our fans a special glimpse of our team like you’ve never seen us before.
Together with HLN we will launch a short video every day at our YouTube channel. Go watch it!