On the longest stage of the race, a big break managed to go clear while behind there was action in the GC group with Juliette Labous making multiple attacks, finishing 12th on the stage and moving up to ninth on GC.
Rolling out from Cahors early this afternoon, 177 kilometres lay ahead of the peloton. It was a steady start to proceedings before a large group was able to get clear and with all Team dsm-firmenich riders in the bunch, focus remained on staying safe and protecting GC finisher Labous for the finale. With the gap to those out front still holding steady at ten minutes with 50 kilometres to go, it was clear that someone from the break would take the win, with Kastelijn ultimately taking the honours at the end of day.
Back in the peloton, the pace ramped up over the multiple climbs in the finale with the team working well to position Labous, as the group thinned down. Heading into the closing climbs, a strong group of GC favourites went clear, with Labous riding strongly to bridge the gap. Building an advantage over those behind, the pace lulled in the group and Labous found a moment to attack, surging clear. Yet, those behind were alert and didn’t give her too much of an advantage, and brought her back on the final ramp to the line. Pushing to the finish, Labous crossed the line in 12th place and as a result moved back into the top ten on GC, in ninth place.