A deceptively tough stage saw the GC riders, puncheurs and climbing sprinters come to the fore with Juliette Labous taking 11th on the stage and moving up to third on GC.
Starting and finishing in the town of Canelli the day was defined by a mix of flat roads and sharp ascents, with the majority of climbing in the second half of the day. Due to that a few early attackers were able to break free and build up an advantage but with onto the main ascent things were brought back together. Working well as a group the team helped to set tempo, and over the top Francesca Barale and Labous managed to force a split but things regrouped once more.
Esmée Peperkamp then set a good tempo, with Labous taking bonus seconds through the intermediate point, as Barale and Peperkamp then kept the pace high going onto the last main climb of the day. Labous immediately hit the front and strung things out, before Van Vleuten made her stage winning move. Over the top of the ascent, Labous was in a promising group of around seven riders but despite her best attempts to stir things up, no one else really wanted to contribute and a larger group returned. On the short but steep climb to the line, Labous dug deep and took 11th place on the stage. Due to an unfortunate crash for yesterday’s stage winner Niedermaier, Labous now moves into third place on GC with three days of racing to go.