The toughest stage ever to feature in the Ovo Energy Women's Tour did not disappoint as Lizzie Deignan won her first race since her return to racing following childbirth and Kasia Niewiadoma lit it up on the climbs, finishing second at the finish in Builth Wells.
The two former winners now sit first and second going into the sixth and final stage, also in Wales, on Saturday.
In the latest episode of The Cycling Podcast Féminin we hear from Deignan and Niewiadoma, as well as previous leader Liane Lippert, as Orla Chennaoui, Rose Manley and Richard Moore discuss the stage and look ahead to the final day. Orla spent the day in Niewiadoma's Canyon/SRAM team car so we hear what went on as the race reached its decisive phase, and there's a Roald Dahl theme to Orla's story of the stage.
The Cycling Podcast Féminin is supported by Rapha, Science in Sport and Skoda.