Kasia Niewiadoma (Canyon-SRAM) left all the pieces on the highway on the ultimate day of the Tour de Suisse Ladies, happening the assault midway via the 100-kilometre stage 4.
Her benefit over the peloton grew so massive that she was the digital GC chief for some time, however in the long run, the 28-year-old misplaced the two-rider dash for the
stage win to Niamh Fisher-Black (Workforce SD Worx). She additionally completed one spot off the general podium by seven seconds.
“To be trustworthy, having Marlen [Reusser] and Demi [Vollering] behind you, two big engines, I knew that I must be fortunate. If they’d puncture or one thing would occur, however after all you by no means want something like that in your opponent,” Niewiadoma stated realistically about her possibilities of taking the yellow jersey off Reusser’s shoulders.
“So I hoped that possibly their legs would blow up as a result of it was actually sizzling at the moment, and I felt like I used to be cramping, so I hoped that possibly others would as properly.”
However, Reusser needed to spring into motion herself when Vollering’s work couldn’t scale back the hole. And although the end result wasn’t in her favour, Niewiadoma put her mark on the race, forcing the opposite riders to react.
“I loved the racing right here. After the ITT, I felt dissatisfied as a result of I knew that I had good legs, I simply had a nasty day that day. I’m completely happy that I used to be capable of come round and play a pleasant function within the race.
“I felt excellent on a regular basis, I used to be simply ready for the precise second to go. And I used to be actually completely happy to have Tiffany [Cromwell] within the entrance. After I was bridging throughout, she did an incredible job to set me up earlier than the climb. That was glorious teamwork,” she thanked her teammate from the early breakaway.
Niewiadoma’s final particular person victory was greater than 4 years in the past, occuring on June 13, 2019 when she received stage 4 of The Ladies’s Tour. She has amassed 12 second locations and 10 third locations since, usually lacking out on victory by small margins. After the 2022 season, she admitted that not having a race victory that 12 months upset her, and he or she modified her winter coaching programme barely forward of 2023.
Within the spring, she carried out properly persistently, putting sixth in Strade Bianche, fifth within the Tour of Flanders, and fourth within the Amstel Gold Race earlier than ending on the Itzulia Ladies GC podium.
Being runner-up on the ultimate stage of the Tour de Suisse Ladies was not what Niewiadoma got here for, however it’s one other step ahead in direction of victory. All the time racing aggressively, she is just not somebody to attend for alternatives however tries and tries once more to make her personal luck, and this angle makes the game extra thrilling to observe.