16.09.2023 World-Tour, News, Race news
KASIA TAKES SECOND ON THE QUEEN STAGE IN ROMANDIE
Kasia Niewiadoma jumped into second in the general classification after finishing second on the queen stage in Torgon, Switzerland. Set up by her teammates for the summit finish, Kasia went all-in for the overall.
Antonia Niedermaier and Ricarda Bauernfeind rode a fierce pace on the 13 km-long climb. A breakaway duo were caught on the slopes and under the pressure of Antonia and later Ricarda, the lead group reduced to less than ten riders. An attack from Juliette Labous (DSM) with under four kilometres remaining created just four riders, with Niewiadoma clearly climbing strongly. Soon after, only Niewiadoma and Vollering were left. Niewiadoma tried to attack, but with Vollering resting on the wheel, she was outsprinted in the final 200m. Niewiadoma is second on the GC, at +6 seconds, and second in the mountain classification.
“Antonia and Rica were so strong today,” explains Niewiadoma after the finish. “The pace they set really dropped a lot of world-class climbers, and I’m proud of their efforts. In the finish, I was in a difficult situation. With Vollering on my wheel and Reusser chasing me. The final wasn’t steep enough, and I went all in for the GC to get a gap. We won’t give up tomorrow as we want the overall win, so we’re motivated to try for it.”
Crossing the line in seventh place, Ricarda jumps to seventh on the GC at +1:16 and second in the youth classification. Elise Chabbey was just outside the top ten in eleventh place and is +1:52 on the overall.
HOW TO WATCH
The last stage of the Tour de Romandie is 132km from Vernier to Nyon and starts at 11:40 CEST. It can be followed on X with #TDRF2023 and #UCIWWT. A live broadcast of the final stage starts at 14:10 CEST on GCN and Eurosport.