Tour of Scandinavia: Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig takes stage 5 victory and GC lead atop Norefjell climb

Danish star outsprints Lianne Lippert on 'queen stage' as Marianne Vos loses grip on yellow jersey.

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Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig (FDJ-Suez-Futuroscope) won the ‘queen stage’ of the Tour of Scandinavia and took the lead in the general classification after outsprinting Liane Lippert (Team DSM) in the final meters of the Norefjell climb.

Lippert and Uttrup Ludwig attacked the elite selection in the final three kilometers of the climb, holding off the chasers to contest the win between them. Julie Van de Velde (Plantur-Pura) completed the podium in third.

Uttrup Ludwig now leads the GC by a comfortable 17-second margin with just one punchy stage remaining on Sunday.

“We just have to defend it [the lead], because we want to bring this home. It’s going to be hard and a big battle tomorrow but I’m excited for it and I think the team is ready. We want to take this jersey home,” Uttrup Ludwig said.

“When you’re racing a bike you have a killer instinct and you want to win, and I also wanted to win for my teammates because they have been doing such a good job today and the last days. It’s like a reward to them also, so I think we’re going to have a bit of champagne tonight.”

Saturday’s decisive stage of the Tour of Scandinavia took in 127km between Vikersund and the Norefjell ski resort, culminating in an 11km climb that was poised to shake up the GC of the six-day tour.

After crashing on Friday, pre-race favorite Demi Vollering (SD Worx) did not stage 5, nor did her teammates Anna Shackley or Niamh Fisher-Black, the latter having sustained a fractured collarbone.

With Vollering and two of the next-best climbers out of the race, the battle for the yellow jersey was somewhat more open going into the ‘queen stage.’

The day started with a very early solo breakaway as Esmée Peperkamp (Team DSM) got herself up the road in the opening kilometers of the stage, quickly building an advantage of 20 seconds on the peloton. Peperkamp stayed away through the first Queen of the Mountains, but could not make the solo effort last and was brought back to the peloton after 30km of the stage.

There were several more attacks and moments of aggression but again nothing stuck and there was a brief calm in the peloton after the first hour of racing. On the second categorized climb of the day, mountains jersey wearer Amber Kraak (Jumbo Visma) took three points behind Lucinda Brand (Trek-Segafredo) which mathematically secured victory in the classification, provided she finishes the race.

The calm in the peloton did not last long and it was Canyon-SRAM who kicked off the action after the climb, sending Sarah Roy on the attack.

Roy stretched out an advantage of 30 seconds on the peloton, but the bunch were chasing behind as the likes of Trek-Segafredo and BikeExchange-Jayco tried to also put someone at the front of the race. The result of the aggression from behind was that Lucinda Brand, Nina Kessler (BikeExchange-Jayco), Tamara Dronova (Roland Cogeas Edelweiss) and Amber Kraak joined the Australian. But, with Tour de Suisse winner Brand in the group, her breakaway companions were reluctant to work with her, much to the Dutchwoman’s frustration. With no cooperation, the group was soon caught.

Going into the final 45km of the stage, Sophie Wright (UAE Team ADQ) attacked and was allowed to gain a minute and a half advantage as the peloton took the chance to relax before the climb arrived.

With 30km remaining, Wright was over two minutes ahead and Valerie Demey (Liv Racing Xstra) set off in pursuit of the Brit, with the peloton still yet to really start the chase. Once the peloton did get organized, though, the time gaps began to fall very quickly in the final kilometers before the base of the decisive climb. Demey was caught with 18km remaining, and Wright followed at the 14km to go mark.

Starting the climb, it was FDJ-Suez-Futuroscope who were leading the peloton in support of Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig, setting a pace that already saw riders distanced in the first kilometer of the 11km ascent. Stine Borgli (FDJ-Suez-Futuroscope) and then white Shari Bossuyt (Canyon-SRAM) controlled the first half of the climb in support of Uttrup Ludwig and Neve Bradbury respectively, and their efforts saw the group slowly whittled down.

Yellow jersey Marianne Vos was dropped with 7km remaining, marking the end of her spell in the race lead. By 5km to go, the lead group had shrunk to just 10 riders, and it was Bradbury who was the first to attack at the 3.2km to go mark. She had Liane Lippert (Team DSM) on her wheel, though, and the German went over the top of Bradbury, taking with her Uttrup Ludwig.

This pair went clear, putting a big gap between them and the chasers led by Anouska Koster (Jumbo-Visma) and Bradbury. Despite their efforts, the second group struggled to make inroads on the leaders, and it was head-to-head between Lippert and Uttrup Ludwig going into the final kilometer. The Dane was forced to lead into the sprint, but was able to accelerate away from Lippert in the final 200m to take the win.

Van de Velde attacked the chasers to finish third, her first podium finish in a WorldTour race.

Uttrup Ludwig took a second on Lippert on the line, and now leads the overall classification by 17 seconds. Stage 4 winner Alex Manly climbed to fifth on the stage and sits third on GC. Tenth on the stage, Neve Bradbury will wear the white young rider’s jersey on stage 6, whilst the green and mountains jerseys remain with Alison Jackson (Liv Racing Xstra) and Amber Kraak.

Tomorrow’s final stage sets off from Lillestrom towards Halden, a frequent host of the Ladies Tour of Norway, for a lumpy stage that culminates on a punchy circuit around the town. Though Uttrup Ludwig has a lead on the GC, the Dane will have to be alert on a stage that lends itself well to attacks from her competitors.

Tour of Scandinavia Stage 5 Results

1LUDWIG Cecilie UttrupFDJ - SUEZ - Futuroscope3:26:24
2LIPPERT LianeTeam DSM0:01
3VAN DE VELDE JuliePlantur-Pura0:31
4NELSON JosieTeam Coop - Hitec Products0:38
5MANLY AlexandraTeam BikeExchange - Jayco0:38
6DRONOVA-BALABOLINA TamaraRoland Cogeas Edelweiss Squad0:38
7KOSTER AnouskaTeam Jumbo-Visma0:38
8PEPERKAMP EsméeTeam DSM0:38
9BRAND LucindaTrek - Segafredo0:38
10BRADBURY NeveCanyon//SRAM Racing0:38
11AALERUD KatrineMovistar Team0:44
12MAGNALDI EricaUAE Team ADQ0:47
13KOREVAAR JeanneLiv Racing Xstra1:55
14MACKAIJ FloortjeTeam DSM2:00
15GHEKIERE JustinePlantur-Pura2:00
16VAN AGT EvaLe Col - Wahoo2:00
17GERRITSE FemkeParkhotel Valkenburg2:40
18WILLIAMS GeorgiaTeam BikeExchange - Jayco2:58
19BORGLI StineFDJ - SUEZ - Futuroscope2:58
20VOS MarianneTeam Jumbo-Visma2:58
21BUJAK EugeniaUAE Team ADQ2:58
22VAS BlankaTeam SD Worx2:58
23JACKSON AlisonLiv Racing Xstra2:58
24ROSEMAN-GANNON RubyTeam BikeExchange - Jayco2:58
25BREDEWOLD MischaParkhotel Valkenburg2:58
26FREI SinaTeam SD Worx2:58
27BOSSUYT ShariCanyon//SRAM Racing2:58
28GIGANTE SarahMovistar Team3:03
29PIERGIOVANNI Federica DamianaValcar - Travel & Service3:03
30BORGSTRÖM JuliaAG Insurance - NXTG Team3:38
31GÅSKJENN IngvildTeam Coop - Hitec Products4:01
32STANNARD ElizabethValcar - Travel & Service4:03
33WORST AnnemariePlantur-Pura4:03
34MOHR Mari HoleTeam Coop - Hitec Products4:05
36HAUGSET Sigrid YtterhusNorway4:10
37HOLMSGAARD TrineDenmark4:17
38JASKULSKA MartaLiv Racing Xstra4:39
39LIND MagdaleneNorway4:41
40LOWDEN JoscelinUno-X Pro Cycling Team4:41
41TOWERS AliceLe Col - Wahoo4:49
42VAN HAAFTEN KirstieParkhotel Valkenburg5:03
43DUVAL EugénieFDJ - SUEZ - Futuroscope5:26
44ARENS MaureenAG Insurance - NXTG Team6:11
45RIJNBEEK MaudAG Insurance - NXTG Team6:11
46KIRCHMANN LeahTeam DSM6:11
47CURINIER LéaTeam DSM6:35
48VERHULST GladysLe Col - Wahoo6:35
49VIGIE MargauxValcar - Travel & Service6:35
50WIEL JadeFDJ - SUEZ - Futuroscope6:35
51TOMASI LauraUAE Team ADQ6:35
52RAGUSA KatiaLiv Racing Xstra7:01
53DEMEY ValerieLiv Racing Xstra7:01
54KUMIEGA KarolinaValcar - Travel & Service7:28
55CARBONARI AnastasiaValcar - Travel & Service7:28
56NOOIJEN LiekeParkhotel Valkenburg7:28
57OLAUSSON WilmaUno-X Pro Cycling Team7:55
58PERKINS FloraLe Col - Wahoo9:28
59ERIKSEN MalinNorway9:52
60TACEY AprilLe Col - Wahoo10:23
61VAN DER WOLF RosalieParkhotel Valkenburg10:23
62HARRIS EllaCanyon//SRAM Racing11:50
63BRANDT HEISEL Maja WintherDenmark11:50
64CECCHINI ElenaTeam SD Worx11:50
65ACHTEREEKTE CarlijnTeam Jumbo-Visma11:50
66KRAAK AmberTeam Jumbo-Visma11:50
67RIEDMANN LindaTeam Jumbo-Visma11:50
68AERNOUTS AmberAG Insurance - NXTG Team11:50
69BUCH HannahRoland Cogeas Edelweiss Squad11:50
70STERN LéaRoland Cogeas Edelweiss Squad11:50
71HARVEY MikaylaCanyon//SRAM Racing11:50
72ROY SarahCanyon//SRAM Racing11:50
73JENSEN MaritaDenmark11:50
74KING ElunedLe Col - Wahoo11:50
75KESSLER NinaTeam BikeExchange - Jayco11:50
76VAN ROOIJEN ElineAG Insurance - NXTG Team11:50
77FIDANZA AriannaTeam BikeExchange - Jayco11:50
78MARKUS FemkeParkhotel Valkenburg11:50
79ALLEN JessicaTeam BikeExchange - Jayco11:50
80NEUMANOVA TerezaLiv Racing Xstra11:50
81JASTRAB MeganTeam DSM11:50
82TRAXLER Anna GabrielleRoland Cogeas Edelweiss Squad11:50
83SWINKELS SylvieTeam Coop - Hitec Products12:23
84FAHLIN EmiliaFDJ - SUEZ - Futuroscope14:06
85ANDERSEN SusanneUno-X Pro Cycling Team14:06
86TRUYEN MarthePlantur-Pura14:27
87HOSKING ChloeTrek - Segafredo14:52
88NORBERT-RIBEROLLE MarionPlantur-Pura15:41
89BÄCKSTEDT ElynorTrek - Segafredo15:41
90HANSON LaurettaTrek - Segafredo15:41
91BARNES AliceCanyon//SRAM Racing15:41
92MARTÍN SaraMovistar Team15:41
93GUARISCHI BarbaraMovistar Team15:41
94RODRÍGUEZ GloriaMovistar Team15:41
95OYARBIDE LourdesMovistar Team15:41
96STEIGENGA NicoleTeam Coop - Hitec Products20:06
97WRIGHT SophieUAE Team ADQ20:28
1LUDWIG Cecilie UttrupFDJ - SUEZ - Futuroscope 16:48:30
2LIPPERT LianeTeam DSM0:17
3MANLY AlexandraTeam BikeExchange - Jayco0:44
4VAN DE VELDE JuliePlantur-Pura0:55
5DRONOVA-BALABOLINA TamaraRoland Cogeas Edelweiss Squad1:00
6BRADBURY NeveCanyon//SRAM Racing1:00
7AALERUD KatrineMovistar Team1:00
8KOSTER AnouskaTeam Jumbo-Visma1:06
9PEPERKAMP EsméeTeam DSM1:06
10BRAND LucindaTrek - Segafredo1:08
11MAGNALDI EricaUAE Team ADQ1:09
12MACKAIJ FloortjeTeam DSM2:16
13VAN AGT EvaLe Col - Wahoo2:22
14VOS MarianneTeam Jumbo-Visma2:44
15BOSSUYT ShariCanyon//SRAM Racing3:06
16GERRITSE FemkeParkhotel Valkenburg3:08
17BUJAK EugeniaUAE Team ADQ3:14
18VAS BlankaTeam SD Worx3:14
19ROSEMAN-GANNON RubyTeam BikeExchange - Jayco3:14
20JACKSON AlisonLiv Racing Xstra3:14
21BREDEWOLD MischaParkhotel Valkenburg3:20
22WILLIAMS GeorgiaTeam BikeExchange - Jayco3:20
23KOREVAAR JeanneLiv Racing Xstra3:29
24PIERGIOVANNI Federica DamianaValcar - Travel & Service3:31
25FREI SinaTeam SD Worx3:32
26BORGLI StineFDJ - SUEZ - Futuroscope3:34
27BORGSTRÖM JuliaAG Insurance - NXTG Team4:00
28GIGANTE SarahMovistar Team4:16
29GÅSKJENN IngvildTeam Coop - Hitec Products4:17
31WORST AnnemariePlantur-Pura4:31
32GHEKIERE JustinePlantur-Pura4:43
33MOHR Mari HoleTeam Coop - Hitec Products4:56
34STANNARD ElizabethValcar - Travel & Service5:06
35JASKULSKA MartaLiv Racing Xstra5:07
36LOWDEN JoscelinUno-X Pro Cycling Team5:09
37HOLMSGAARD TrineDenmark5:20
38HAUGSET Sigrid YtterhusNorway5:29
39VAN HAAFTEN KirstieParkhotel Valkenburg5:31
40DUVAL EugénieFDJ - SUEZ - Futuroscope5:42
41TOWERS AliceLe Col - Wahoo5:52
42RIJNBEEK MaudAG Insurance - NXTG Team6:39
43KIRCHMANN LeahTeam DSM6:39
44ARENS MaureenAG Insurance - NXTG Team6:39
45VERHULST GladysLe Col - Wahoo6:51
46VIGIE MargauxValcar - Travel & Service6:51
47TOMASI LauraUAE Team ADQ6:53
48WIEL JadeFDJ - SUEZ - Futuroscope7:03
49CURINIER LéaTeam DSM7:03
50DEMEY ValerieLiv Racing Xstra7:29
51NELSON JosieTeam Coop - Hitec Products7:46
52KUMIEGA KarolinaValcar - Travel & Service7:50
53NOOIJEN LiekeParkhotel Valkenburg7:56
54CARBONARI AnastasiaValcar - Travel & Service8:31
55PERKINS FloraLe Col - Wahoo10:02
56ERIKSEN MalinNorway10:55
57JASTRAB MeganTeam DSM12:06
58MARKUS FemkeParkhotel Valkenburg12:12
59RIEDMANN LindaTeam Jumbo-Visma12:18
60NEUMANOVA TerezaLiv Racing Xstra12:18
61HARRIS EllaCanyon//SRAM Racing12:18
62HARVEY MikaylaCanyon//SRAM Racing12:18
63OLAUSSON WilmaUno-X Pro Cycling Team12:32
64KRAAK AmberTeam Jumbo-Visma12:35
65ROY SarahCanyon//SRAM Racing12:43
66CECCHINI ElenaTeam SD Worx12:53
67ACHTEREEKTE CarlijnTeam Jumbo-Visma12:53
68KING ElunedLe Col - Wahoo13:36
69KESSLER NinaTeam BikeExchange - Jayco14:08
70RAGUSA KatiaLiv Racing Xstra14:09
71FIDANZA AriannaTeam BikeExchange - Jayco14:20
72ANDERSEN SusanneUno-X Pro Cycling Team14:22
73TRUYEN MarthePlantur-Pura14:43
74FAHLIN EmiliaFDJ - SUEZ - Futuroscope14:54
75TACEY AprilLe Col - Wahoo15:02
76BARNES AliceCanyon//SRAM Racing17:11
77GUARISCHI BarbaraMovistar Team17:30
78BÄCKSTEDT ElynorTrek - Segafredo17:49
79OYARBIDE LourdesMovistar Team17:53
80HANSON LaurettaTrek - Segafredo18:22
81VAN DER WOLF RosalieParkhotel Valkenburg18:32
82JENSEN MaritaDenmark19:05
83HOSKING ChloeTrek - Segafredo19:40
84NORBERT-RIBEROLLE MarionPlantur-Pura20:27
85STEIGENGA NicoleTeam Coop - Hitec Products20:34
86ALLEN JessicaTeam BikeExchange - Jayco21:07
87MARTÍN SaraMovistar Team21:29
88SWINKELS SylvieTeam Coop - Hitec Products22:48
89VAN ROOIJEN ElineAG Insurance - NXTG Team24:02
90WRIGHT SophieUAE Team ADQ25:00
91BRANDT HEISEL Maja WintherDenmark25:25
92RODRÍGUEZ GloriaMovistar Team29:16
93LIND MagdaleneNorway33:04
94AERNOUTS AmberAG Insurance - NXTG Team36:48
95BUCH HannahRoland Cogeas Edelweiss Squad38:57
96STERN LéaRoland Cogeas Edelweiss Squad42:14
97TRAXLER Anna GabrielleRoland Cogeas Edelweiss Squad1:07:01
1JACKSON AlisonLiv Racing Xstra36
2VOS MarianneTeam Jumbo-Visma22
3VAN ROOIJEN ElineAG Insurance - NXTG Team17
4MANLY AlexandraTeam BikeExchange - Jayco12
5BOSSUYT ShariCanyon//SRAM Racing10
7DRONOVA-BALABOLINA TamaraRoland Cogeas Edelweiss Squad7
8BARNES AliceCanyon//SRAM Racing7
9KESSLER NinaTeam BikeExchange - Jayco6
10LUDWIG Cecilie UttrupFDJ - SUEZ - Futuroscope5
11NEUMANOVA TerezaLiv Racing Xstra5
12FAHLIN EmiliaFDJ - SUEZ - Futuroscope5
13HOSKING ChloeTrek - Segafredo5
14NELSON JosieTeam Coop - Hitec Products4
15ROY SarahCanyon//SRAM Racing4
17MARKUS FemkeParkhotel Valkenburg4
18GUARISCHI BarbaraMovistar Team4
20RIEDMANN LindaTeam Jumbo-Visma3
21KOSTER AnouskaTeam Jumbo-Visma2
22RIJNBEEK MaudAG Insurance - NXTG Team2
23VERHULST GladysLe Col - Wahoo2
24VIGIE MargauxValcar - Travel & Service2
25KUMIEGA KarolinaValcar - Travel & Service2
26HARVEY MikaylaCanyon//SRAM Racing2
27VAN DE VELDE JuliePlantur-Pura1
28BRAND LucindaTrek - Segafredo1
29MACKAIJ FloortjeTeam DSM1
30KOREVAAR JeanneLiv Racing Xstra1
31BORGSTRÖM JuliaAG Insurance - NXTG Team1
32OLAUSSON WilmaUno-X Pro Cycling Team1
33KRAAK AmberTeam Jumbo-Visma1
34BÄCKSTEDT ElynorTrek - Segafredo1
1BRADBURY NeveCanyon//SRAM Racing 16:49:30
2BOSSUYT ShariCanyon//SRAM Racing2:06
3GERRITSE FemkeParkhotel Valkenburg2:08
4VAS BlankaTeam SD Worx2:14
5BREDEWOLD MischaParkhotel Valkenburg2:20
6PIERGIOVANNI Federica DamianaValcar - Travel & Service2:31
7BORGSTRÖM JuliaAG Insurance - NXTG Team3:00
8GIGANTE SarahMovistar Team3:16
9MOHR Mari HoleTeam Coop - Hitec Products3:56
10JASKULSKA MartaLiv Racing Xstra4:07
11TOWERS AliceLe Col - Wahoo4:52
12RIJNBEEK MaudAG Insurance - NXTG Team5:39
13ARENS MaureenAG Insurance - NXTG Team5:39
14WIEL JadeFDJ - SUEZ - Futuroscope6:03
15CURINIER LéaTeam DSM6:03
16NELSON JosieTeam Coop - Hitec Products6:46
17NOOIJEN LiekeParkhotel Valkenburg6:56
18PERKINS FloraLe Col - Wahoo9:02
19JASTRAB MeganTeam DSM11:06
20RIEDMANN LindaTeam Jumbo-Visma11:18
21OLAUSSON WilmaUno-X Pro Cycling Team11:32
22KING ElunedLe Col - Wahoo12:36
23TACEY AprilLe Col - Wahoo14:02
24BÄCKSTEDT ElynorTrek - Segafredo16:49
25VAN DER WOLF RosalieParkhotel Valkenburg17:32
26SWINKELS SylvieTeam Coop - Hitec Products21:48
27VAN ROOIJEN ElineAG Insurance - NXTG Team23:02
28LIND MagdaleneNorway32:04
29AERNOUTS AmberAG Insurance - NXTG Team35:48
30BUCH HannahRoland Cogeas Edelweiss Squad37:57
31STERN LéaRoland Cogeas Edelweiss Squad41:14
1KRAAK AmberTeam Jumbo-Visma33
2NELSON JosieTeam Coop - Hitec Products13
3KOSTER AnouskaTeam Jumbo-Visma12
4LUDWIG Cecilie UttrupFDJ - SUEZ - Futuroscope10
5VOS MarianneTeam Jumbo-Visma10
7OYARBIDE LourdesMovistar Team8
8GERRITSE FemkeParkhotel Valkenburg8
9VAN DE VELDE JuliePlantur-Pura8
11MANLY AlexandraTeam BikeExchange - Jayco6
12DRONOVA-BALABOLINA TamaraRoland Cogeas Edelweiss Squad6
13ACHTEREEKTE CarlijnTeam Jumbo-Visma5
14BRAND LucindaTrek - Segafredo4
15BREDEWOLD MischaParkhotel Valkenburg3
16RIEDMANN LindaTeam Jumbo-Visma3
17VERHULST GladysLe Col - Wahoo1
19DEMEY ValerieLiv Racing Xstra1
20KUMIEGA KarolinaValcar - Travel & Service1
21NEUMANOVA TerezaLiv Racing Xstra1
1Team DSM 50:29:09
2Team BikeExchange - Jayco3:49
4UAE Team ADQ5:05
5FDJ - SUEZ - Futuroscope5:45
6Team Coop - Hitec Products6:11
7Liv Racing Xstra7:05
8Parkhotel Valkenburg8:14
9Le Col - Wahoo10:57
10Valcar - Travel & Service11:08
11Canyon//SRAM Racing12:53
12Team Jumbo-Visma12:53
13AG Insurance - NXTG Team13:39
14Team SD Worx15:01
15Movistar Team17:30
16Uno-X Pro Cycling Team24:09
18Trek - Segafredo29:30
20Roland Cogeas Edelweiss Squad1:15:03

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