Tuesday’s stage was set apart from the preceding four by its profile. A steep climb 35km from the finish provided the backdrop for the race-winning moves. Winder and two other riders made a move over the top of the climb, and a group of three followed. The chase group’s attempt to close the gap to Winder was futile as the riders closed in on the final kilometers. Winder attacked and won the sprint to the line by a comfortable distance, her first win on the World stage. Winder and the rest of the team were riding their Liv Langma Advanced SL team bikes and wearing Rev Liv helmets during the event.
“The team did a really good job setting this up,” said Winder. “I felt good over the top so we made it really hard and I put in attack and got away with two others. Coming into the sprint I had good legs and put my all in to take the win.”
Winder’s effort put her into the maglia rosa, taking the general classification lead – she would be the fourth Team Sunweb rider to take the honors after their dominant performance on Stage 1’s Team Time Trial.
Heading into Stage 6 with an anticipated summit finish, the team sits well in the general classification with Leah Kirchmann, Lucinda Brand and Ellen van Dijk all within striking distance of the lead.