After some brilliant teamwork to make the stage as hard as possible, Juliette Labous climbed to second in Alassio and as a result moves into the same place on the GC standings.
With a challenging stage behind them on Wednesday where Team dsm-firmenich made the race as hard as they could, they set out with exactly the same plan today in the hope of moving Labous up on GC and go for a stage result. Franziska Koch, Megan Jastrab and Eleonora Ciabocco set a good early tempo, holding the race together before the first main climb of the day where the pace stayed high and several riders were dropped. Over the top, Labous, Esmée Peperkamp, Francesca Barale and Becky Storrie were in the reduced peloton of around 40 riders, with the latter three continuing to set a strong tempo.
Despite some attacks, the race was all back together on the penultimate climb where Storrie and Barale led Labous into a good position at the bottom and from there the pace increased once more. A dangerous move from Garcia went but she was only able to ever gain around 25 seconds and by the time the group hit the steeper final few kilometres, she was caught. Powering over the top, Labous made it onto the plateau alongside Van Vleuten and Realini. With the Labous and Realini working well together, they managed to put more time into Ewers who had started the day in second place.
Van Vleuten, who had set tempo for the final few kilometres of previous climb, sat on to the back while Labous and Realini rotated turns. Not long after hitting the final climb with just over two kilometres remaining, Van Vleuten put in a stinging attack and would go on to take the stage win. Labous rode within herself and didn’t go into the red, jumping Realini in the final few hundred metres to take a brilliant second place and move up to the same standing on GC.