'Try it and see': How a call from the car led Ricarda Bauernfeind to victory at the Tour de France Femmes

With Magnus Bäckstedt in her ear, the German rode away to win stage five

Ricarda Bauernfeind on the podium of the Tour de France Femmes 2023
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“What a machine!” shouts Kasia Niewiadoma as she warms down outside the Canyon-Sram bus. The Polish rider is elated. She looks around for her team-mates, anyone to celebrate with, desperate to share in the joy of what she just witnessed. She turns to a soigneur beside her, and holds her tight in a hug. 

What Niewiadoma had seen was a remarkable show of dominance. On the road into Albi, on day five of the Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift, her 23-year-old team-mate Ricarda Bauernfeind took the biggest win of her career to date. All the teams expected a sprint. Canyon-Sram had other ideas, before Plan A fell apart. 

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