In a thrilling stage three of the Tour de France Femmes 2023, Lorena Wiebes emerged victorious, once again showcasing her impressive sprinting skills. The Dutch cyclist managed to catch breakaway rider Julie van de Velde just 200 meters before the finish line.
In an intense sprint to the finish, Lorena Wiebes edged out the formidable Marianne Vos, securing her third career stage win on the Tour. Adding to the celebration, Wiebes’ teammate Lotte Kopecky claimed the third position, successfully holding on to the leader’s yellow jersey.
Reflecting on her victory, Wiebes shared, “I stuck with Lotte, and everything went according to plan as she excellently delivered me to the right position to make my move. I was able to catch Marianne at the right moment.”
With this triumph, Lotte Kopecky not only extended her overall lead but also strengthened her position on the leaderboard, now ahead of the second-placed Liane Lippert by an impressive 55 seconds.
The upcoming fourth stage promises to be a challenging one, covering a lengthy 177.1 kilometers from Cahors to Rodez.
Stage Three Results:
- Lorena Wiebes (Netherlands, SD Worx) – 3 hours 49 minutes 47 seconds
- Marianne Vos (Netherlands, Jumbo-Visma) – Same time
- Lotte Kopecky (Belgium, SD Worx)
- Chiara Consonni (Italy, UAE Team ADQ)
- Elisa Balsamo (Italy, Lidl-Trek)
- Alexandra Manly (Australia, Jayco-AlUla)
- Charlotte Kool (Netherlands, Team DSM)
- Susanne Andersen (Norway, Uno-X Pro Cycling)
- Soraya Paladin (Italy, Canyon SRAM Racing) +2 seconds
- Julie de Wilde (Belgium, Fenix-Deceuninck) +2 seconds
- Lotte Kopecky (Belgium, SD Worx) – 11 hours 07 minutes 19 seconds
- Liane Lippert (Germany, Movistar) +55 seconds
- Ashleigh Moolman Pasio (South Africa, AG Insurance-Soudal Quick-Step) +1 minute 05 seconds
- Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Poland, Canyon SRAM Racing)
- Elisa Longo Borghini (Italy, Lidl-Trek)
- Annemiek van Vleuten (Netherlands, Movistar)
- Tamara Dronova (Russia, Israel Premier Tech Roland)
- Demi Vollering (Netherlands, SD Worx)
- Cecilie Ludwig (Denmark, FDJ-Suez)
- Amanda Spratt (Australia, Lidl-Trek) +1 minute 09 seconds
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Tour de France Femmes 2023
Q: What is the Tour de France Femmes 2023?
A: The Tour de France Femmes 2023 is a prestigious women’s cycling event, featuring several stages of intense racing.
Q: Who won stage three of the Tour de France Femmes 2023?
A: Lorena Wiebes emerged victorious in stage three, defeating Marianne Vos in a thrilling sprint finish.
Q: How many stages has Lorena Wiebes won in the Tour de France Femmes?
A: Lorena Wiebes has won two stages in the 2022 Tour de France Femmes and added another stage win in the 2023 edition.
Q: Who retained the leader’s yellow jersey after stage three?
A: Lotte Kopecky, Lorena Wiebes’ teammate, retained the leader’s yellow jersey after stage three.
Q: What was the length of the route in stage three of the Tour de France Femmes 2023?
A: Stage three covered a distance of 147 kilometers.
Q: How did Lorena Wiebes secure her victory on stage three?
A: Lorena Wiebes’ teammate, Lotte Kopecky, played a crucial role in her victory by delivering her in an ideal position for the final sprint.
Q: By how much did Lotte Kopecky extend her overall lead after stage three?
A: Lotte Kopecky extended her overall lead by six seconds, now leading second-placed Liane Lippert by 55 seconds.
Q: What is the length of the longest stage in the Tour de France Femmes 2023?
A: The fourth stage, scheduled for Wednesday, is the longest of the race, covering a distance of 177.1 kilometers from Cahors to Rodez.
Q: Who are the top contenders in the general classification after stage three?
A: Apart from Lotte Kopecky in the lead, notable contenders in the general classification include Liane Lippert, Ashleigh Moolman Pasio, Katarzyna Niewiadoma, and Elisa Longo Borghini, among others.