Dutch veteran Annemiek van Vleuten had a perfect race on Sunday to win the women’s Tour de France with a resounding victory on the eighth and final stage from Lure to La Planche de Belle Fille.
The 39-year-old Movistar rider, who took the lead with a brilliant solo performance in the mountains on Saturday, waited in the peloton before forcing the final climb and sealing her triumph.
Demi Vollering (SD Worx) placed second overall and Katarzyna Neviadoma (Canyon/SRAM) placed third in the final standings after finishing fourth on Sunday.
Van Vleuten, a three-time Giro d’Italia winner and Olympic time trial gold medalist in Tokyo, started the final stage of the 123 km distance with a 3:14 lead over Vöhlering, who was never in danger despite mechanical damage. a problem with her bike 57 km from the finish line, requiring a quick exchange with a teammate.
The yellow jersey group staggered in the breakaway of 11 riders with five kilometers to go, after which van Vleuten dismounted and began to climb the last grueling climb.
She crossed the finish line 30 seconds ahead of compatriot Vöhlering, giving her a 3:48 lead over eight stages. At least Fellering took comfort in winning a polka dot Queen of the Mountains jersey.
Valcar driver Silvia Persico of Italy took third place on the stage, crossing the finish line right in front of Poland’s Neviadoma.