A deceptively challenging day saw Team dsm-firmenich work well as a group, helping to catch the attacking Van de Velde in sight of the line, where Charlotte Kool got up to take seventh place despite not being able to fully open up her sprint.
Rolling out from Collonges-la-Rouge on Tuesday afternoon, lumpy terrain awaited the peloton with several short but punchy categorised and uncategorised climbs littering the route. Setting out with a plan, Team dsm-firmenich helped to control any dangerous moves and cover any big groups, looking to set up a sprint with finisher Charlotte Kool. With the early breakaway caught Van de Velde attacked and she would put up a valiant fight out front, forcing a hard chase from Léa Curinier and Megan Jastrab at the head of the bunch. Van de Velde still led by 20 seconds coming under two kilometres to go with Juliette Labous helping at the front of the peloton before Pfeiffer Georgi took over who pulled back the gap and positioned Kool towards the front. In sight of the finish line Kool looked to find some space and open up her sprint on the barrier side but she was never able to get enough room and had to settle for seventh place at the line.