Niewiadoma queen of the Ardèche
Kasia Niewiadoma proved the best climber and the most daring descender on her way to winning the seven-stage Tour de l’Ardèche. The Pole, who was building up for the world championships, won stage 5 atop Mont Lozère on stage 5, though that win only took her to within five seconds of the leader’s jersey. Her attack on the final descent of the penultimate stage was too much for her chief rival, Spain’s Margerita Garcia. Only Ruth Winder, riding for a USA team, could follow Niewiadoma and the pair finished well clear of the rest. Niewiadoma also won the combined and mountains classification.