After Saturday’s epic mountain stage, the Tour de France Femmes concluded on Sunday afternoon with a testing 22.6 kilometre long time trial route, starting and finishing in Pau, where Juliette Labous claimed a brilliant sixth on the stage and moved up to fifth on GC.
A predominantly flat route, albeit with some rolling roads and tight turns, plus one short climb, it was a parcours that favoured the TT specialists. Rolling down the start ramp throughout the afternoon, each member of the Team dsm-firmenich gave it their best on the course after seven hard days of racing with Esmée Peperkamp putting in a good early time. All attention turned to Labous though as she left the start house, fully focused and with big ambitions to do a strong TT and see if that would move her up on GC come the end of the day. Flying out of the blocks, Labous set a strong tempo and managed to keep that up throughout the 22.6 kilometre route, catching her two-minute rider. Stopping the clock in 30 minutes and 32 seconds, it would be enough for a great sixth place on the stage and a time which Labous vault into fifth on GC for Team dsm-firmenich.