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Silvia Persico in touch of the yellow jersey: she is fourth in the Épernay stage

Another day to remember for Valcar – Travel & Service on the roads of the Tour de France Femmes, with Silvia Persico caressing the dream of wearing the yellow jersey before closing the third stage of Épernay in fourth place.

After the second place in Provins, another day to remember for Valcar – Travel & Service on the roads of the Tour de France Femmes, with Silvia Persico caressing the dream of wearing the yellow jersey before closing the third stage of Épernay in fourth place.

In the champagne stage, the Bergamo-born woman inebriated the public 15 km from the finish, on the demanding stretch of the Cote de Mutigny (in the photo by Twila Muzzi), where she gained an advantage with Elisa Longo Borghini, Annemiek van Vleuten, Ashleigh Moolman and Mavi García, Demi Vollering and Liane Lippert, leaving the yellow Marianne Vos jersey on the pedals.

10 km from the finish, with the Dutchman chasing at 16 “, the virtual ranking saw the 25-year-old from Bergamo in the virtual yellow jersey. Only a downhill slide by Demi Vollering and Liane Lippert took the thrust away from the leading squad, allowing the most immediate pursuers (including the Vos) to return to the treads.

The stage was therefore a private conversation between Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig and Marianne Vos, with Silvia Persico finishing in fourth place, defending the second position in the general, now 16 ”behind the leader.

But the assault on the coveted jersey could only be postponed: the fourth stage, the one called ‘gravel’ includes not only 1400 meters of elevation gain, almost all of them in the final, but stretches of dirt road that could enhance the athlete’s qualities as a cross rider. Bergamo.

Alice Maria Arzuffi e Margaux Vigie nel gruppo di testa - credit T. Muzzi

Alice Maria Arzuffi and Margaux Vigiè in the leading group – credit T. Muzzi

Meanwhile, after the crashes of the second stage, it should be noted that Olivia Baril, Eleonora Gasparrini, Ilaria Sanguineti also reached the finish line. Alice Maria Arzuffi and Margaux Vigié also did well (in turn on the ground on Monday) who were alongside Silvia up to 20 km from the finish (in the photo by Twila Muzzi the two athletes of Valcar – Travel & Service in the group of the best).

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