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Gallery: Annemiek van Vleuten wins Stage 8 and first ever Tour de France Femmes maillot jaune

31 Jul 2022

Annemiek van Vleuten won the final day from Lure to La Super Planche des Belles Filles to deliver back-to-back stage victories at the Tour de France Femmes, securing the maillot jaune and coveted Giro-Tour double in 2022.

Two seemed to be the magic number at the Tour de France Femmes, with three riders (Van Vleuten, Lorena Wiebes and Marianne Vos) taking two stages each.

Van Vleuten had to bide her time at the race. Suffering with illness, she bounced back in a typical Van Vleuten-y way, calmly dealing with what might have been a record number of bike changes, surging back into the main group and then breaking away with 5km until the finish on Stage 8.

No-one could catch her, and the 39-year-old raised her fist in the air in celebration as a smile broke out on her face.

Then it was simply a case of who would finish second on the punishing 7km 8.7% average climb, with bonus gravel and 20%+ ramps to add to the fun.

Demi Vollering, resplendent in polka dots, had just enough energy to form a heart with her hands as she crossed the line. Behind, Silvia Persico (Valcar-Travel & Service) distanced Kasia Niewiadoma (Canyon SRAM Racing) for third on the day.

Individual classification winner: Annemiek van Vleuten, Team Movistar

Points classification winner: Marianne Vos, Team Jumbo-Visma

Mountians classification winner: Demi Vollering, Team SD Worx

Youth classification winner: Shirin van Anrooij, Trek-Segafredo

Team classification winner: Canyon SRAM Racing

Most combative: Marianne Vos, Team Jumbo-Visma

Relive reactions from the final stage with our gallery from Russ Ellis (Cycling Images).

A dramatic location for a dramatic finale. 

A smile breaks out on Van Vleuten's face as she's metres away from making history.

And here's the moment!

The same can be said for Vollering, greeted at the line with rapturous applause. 

It's been eight days to remember for the women's peloton as World Champ Balsamo celebrates making it to the finish. 

There's a theme here, but I could look at these happy grins all day long. Here is Marie Le Net who won most combative rider on Stage 6. Her teammate Évita Muzic, FDJ Suez Futuroscope's Frenchwoman, finished 8th on GC behind Uttrup Ludwig in 7th – the only team to have multiple riders in the top 10. 

It's a long way to the top if you wanna rock n' roll. A 7km climb, to be exact.


Time for the final podium.

This is me looking at anything Van Vleuten does, tbh. Except her retirement news. 

The first Tour de France Femmes (avec Zwift) general classification podium. Van Vleuten, Vollering (+3'48") and Niewiadoma (+6'35").

And it was all yellow. 

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