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DSM rider Lorena Wiebes won the first stage of the Tour de France Women on Sunday in a bunch sprint.
It was a day of firsts in Paris. It was obviously the first stage of the first women’s Tour de France of the professional era. And the Champs-Elysées circuit, covered 11 times by the 144 runners, won a first yellow jersey: Lorena Wiebes, who was the fastest during the massive sprint.
The Dutch DSM was the big favorite for this first stage, given her current form. She beat her competitors, the veteran of the Jumbo-Visma, Marianne Vos, and Lotte Kopecki, the sprinter of the SD-Work.
Just before that, the Norman Gladys Verhulst offered a first thrill to the French public with an epic on the Champs-Elysées. Escaped at 15 kilometers, she counted to counted up to 50 seconds at the 10km sign. But the pack of pursuers was too strong and she had to surrender 2.3 kilometers from the goal. She will finally be elected combative of the day and therefore the first Frenchwoman to climb on a ceremonial podium on this Tour de France Women.
The four jerseys awarded
In terms of the other distinctive jerseys, Femke Markus will start the second stage with the first polka dot jersey on her shoulders since she took the lead during the distribution of the first points. Lotte Kopeckyera for her part the first green tunic of best sprinter even if the jersey actually belongs to the winner of the stage. Finally, Maike Van Der Duin, sixth in the stage, will have the honor of the first white jersey.
Victoire Berteau is currently the first Frenchwoman in the ranking. The Cofidis runner is in 20th place.
For the record, the short stage also saw a first abandonment: that of Alana Castrique, the Belgian from the Cofis team, victim of a heavy fall on the penultimate lap.
The second stage, Monday between Meaux and Provins, will have 136.4 km and is on paper also promised to the sprinters