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Danish rider Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig outmuscled Marianne Vos to gain stage a few of the women’s Tour de France on Tuesday but the veteran Dutch rider held on to the yellow jersey.
The day soon after a nightmare phase two for her FDJ-Suez group, marked by the abandonment of title contender Marta Cavalli, Ludwig battled back from a slide to deliver a vintage effectiveness in the Champagne area.
Just after two somewhat flat rides, the peloton had to facial area its initial climbs as they took on the 133.6km system from Reims to Epernay.
Eleven riders slugged it out over the remaining phases, with Vos doing the job really hard to rejoin the leaders immediately after being dropped.
The 35-year-outdated, who took about the yellow jersey with victory in phase two on Monday, kicked tough but it was the younger legs of 26-year-outdated Ludwig who driven via the line 1st.
“I needed to enable the crew, preserve my ‘fighting spirit’,” claimed Luwig who was putting on the jersey of Danish winner.
“I understood that if I had the legs, I could play for victory. But from there to do it, to become a winner of phase in the Tour de France and with this jersey… My God, what extra could you ask for.”
Workforce Jumbo-Visma’s Vos finished two seconds at the rear of, intently shadowed by South African Ashleigh Moolman, Italians Silvia Persico and Elisa Lono Borghini and Pole Katarzyna Niewiadoma.
Vos leads the basic classification with a 16-next direct in excess of Valcar-Travel and Service’s Persico and Niewiadoma of Canyon-SRAM
Annemiek van Vleuten, a person of the pre-race favourites, was dropped on the Mont Bernon climb four kilometres from the finish.
The Olympic time-trial winner managed to rejoin the top team but again fell absent in the closing stages and completed 20 seconds immediately after Ludwig.
The eight-phase race ends on Sunday.