Niewiadoma queen of the Ardèche

Procycling - - DEBRIEF -

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.

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