Taking on the Cima Coppi (the highest climb of the race), Tuesday’s racing saw the race explode to pieces early on with Juliette Labous fighting to a strong fourth place at the finish in Ceres.
Leaving the town of Salassa this morning the peloton were almost immediately met by the Passo del Lupo (ten kilometres at over eight percent in gradient), which saw things split to pieces. After some good positioning by the team, Labous fought tough on the long climb and made sure to not go into the red. Over the top, she formed part of a five rider chasing group which eventually made contact with the four out front at 35 kilometres remaining.
Yet the cooperation in the group wasn’t great and the next group was able to return, which included Esmée Peperkamp, just after Niedermaier made what would be the stage winning move. No one initially wanted to set tempo but Peperkamp came to the front and set the pace as they hit the last categorised climb, before the peloton once again exploded. Labous once again fought hard to hang-in on the ascent and crested the climb as part of a group of four – which would go on to fight for the final podium spot. On the uphill kick to the line, Labous gave her best in the sprint, taking a fine fourth place and moving up to the same place on GC.