Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (AG Insurance coverage-Soudal Quickstep) sprinted to win the opening stage of the CIC-Tour Féminin Pyrénées, holding off Anna Henderson (Jumbo-Visma) and Loes Adegeest (FDJ SUEZ) to take the race lead.
Connie Hayes (Awol O’Shea) made the primary assault within the opening kilometres of the 129.2km stage from Argelès Gazost to Lourdes however was reeled in earlier than one other transfer went clear.
Yurani Blanco (Laboral Kutxa-Fundacion Euskadi) and Martina Sanfilippo (Group Mendelspeck) countered however misplaced Sanfilippo on a climb with 90km to go.
The peloton was again collectively earlier than the race was neutralized with 82km remaining to permit the race physician to rejoin the convoy.
Amber Kraak (Jumbo-Visma) took the intermediate dash with 60km to go earlier than the subsequent breakaway went clear with Leonie Laubig (Groupa Abadie) going solo. A crash behind disrupted the chase and cut up the peloton.
Sanfilippo was on the transfer in a counterattack as a part of a chasing group of 4 with teammates Monica Castagna and Beatric Pozzobon and BePink’s Giorgia Vettorello.
Three extra riders scrambled throughout to the quartet with 40km to go: Andrea Ramirez (Bizkaia-Durango), Victoire Joncheray (Grand-Est Komugi La Fabrique) and Maaike Colje (Arkéa) joined the primary chasing group however Laubig was nonetheless solo when the chasing group shattered on an uncategorized climb with 36km to go.
The peloton caught all the chasers as Laubig loved a one-minute lead however her time alone quickly got here to an finish underneath strain from FDJ-SUEZ and Canyon-SRAM.
Extra assaults got here to attempt to distance Moolman-Pasio however she took the race on within the climbs with 26km to go, accelerating and additional lowering the main group.
Jade Wiel (FDJ SUEZ) put in a dig and was solo with a 22-second lead going into the ultimate 10km however was lastly introduced again within the final 3km.
Uttrup-Ludwig attacked however did not get far as a result of a random driver acquired onto the course. Parked vehicles, slim roads, and meandering spectators peppered the final kilometre earlier than the dash opened up behind Cédrine Kerbaol (Ceratizit) opened up the dash however solely served to steer out Moolman-Pasio for the stage win.
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