Nine cyclists came in outside the time on Thursday in the fifth stage of the Tour de France Femmes, but are allowed to start in the sixth stage on Friday. They were held up by a closed level crossing.
The group of nine riders, including the Dutch Maaike Boogaard of AG Insurance-Soudal Quick-Step, crossed the line in Albi 1 minute and 53 seconds after the time limit.
Afterwards it turned out that they had to wait 2 minutes and 10 seconds at the closed level crossing. They therefore ‘just’ appear at the start of the sixth stage, which takes the peloton from Albi to Blagnac.
Six riders, including Lorena Wiebes, dropped out on Thursday. Wiebes was ill and decided not to appear at the start of the fifth stage. She sprinted to victory in the third stage.
The fifth stage was surprisingly won by the German Ricarda Bauernfeind. The yellow jersey is still in the hands of Lotte Kopecky. The Tour de France Femmes will continue until Sunday. A stage with four climbs of the fourth category awaits on Friday.