Women’s Tour: Denmark’s Amalie Dideriksen wins stage four for first victory of 2018

Amalie Dideriksen

Denmark’s Amalie Dideriksen timed her sprint to perfection to win stage four of the Women’s Tour in Worcester – her first individual victory of 2018.

The Boels-Dolmans rider crossed the line ahead of Lotta Lepisto and 2014 champion Marianne Vos, who finished second and third respectively.

Victory on the 130km route from Evesham was Boels-Dolmans’ first of the Tour.

Britain’s Dani Rowe crashed within the final three kilometres but retained the best British rider blue jersey.

She remains third in the general classification with Team Sunweb’s American rider Coryn Rivera still in the lead, 14 seconds ahead of three-time world road race champion Vos.

Sunday’s fifth and final stage of the Women’s Tour is a 122km route from Dolgellau to Colwyn Bay.

Stage four result:

1 Amalie Dideriksen (Den/Boels-Dolmans) 3hrs 31mins 19secs

2 Lotta Lepisto (Fin/Cervelo-Bigla) same time

3 Marianne Vos (Ned/Waowdeals)

4 Chloe Hosking (Aus/Ale Cipollini)

5 Barbara Guarischi (Ita/Team Virtu)

General classification after stage four:

1 Coryn Rivera (US/Team Sunweb) 14hrs 48mins 44secs

2 Marianne Vos (Ned/Waowdeals) +14secs

3 Dani Rowe (GB/Waowdeals) +22secs

4 Amy Pieters (Ned/Boels-Dolmans) +25secs

5 Christine Majerus (Lux/Boels-Dolmans) same time

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Australia’s Roy wins stage three of Women’s Tour

Sarah Roy

Sarah Roy has now won two stages on the Women’s Tour, after victory on stage four last year

Australia’s Sarah Roy sprinted to victory to win stage three of the Women’s Tour in Leamington Spa.

The Mitchelton-Scott rider held off the challenge of Giorgia Bronzini and 2014 champion Marianne Vos, with the pair finishing second and third respectively on the 151km stage from Atherstone.

American Coryn Rivera was fourth and retains the lead, with Vos in second.

Britain’s Dani Rowe finished 10th and drops a place to third in the general classification.

Saturday’s fourth stage is a 130km route from Evesham to Worcester, with the race finishing on Sunday in Colwyn Bay.

“I really didn’t expect this today and as always the whole team was amazing,” said Roy.

“We rode like a well-oiled machine out there today and we just knew the right things to do at the right time, it came together really well. The last few climbs were steep and really tough and at 150km it was a long day out and it’s pretty cool to get the win.”

Stage three result:

1. Sarah Roy (Aus/Mitchelton-Scott) 3hrs 55mins 09secs

2. Giorgia Bronzini (Ita/Cylance Pro Cycling) same time

3. Marianne Vos (Ned/WaowDeals) same time

4. Coryn Rivera (US/Team Sunweb) same time

5. Roxane Fournier (Fra/Aquitaine Futuroscope) same time

General classification after stage three:

1. Coryn Rivera (US/Team Sunweb) 11hrs 17mins 27secs

2. Marianne Vos (Ned/WaowDeals) +16secs

3. Dani Rowe (GB/WaowDeals) +20secs

4. Amy Pieters (Ned/Boels-Dolmans) +23secs

5. Christine Majerus (Lux/Boels-Dolmans) same time

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Women’s Tour: Coryn Rivera wins stage two to move into overall lead

Coryn Rivera

Coryn Rivera, right, narrowly edged out Marianne Vos in Daventry

American Coryn Rivera edged out Marianne Vos in a thrilling sprint finish to win stage two and move into the overall lead of the Women’s Tour.

A reduced peloton contested the sprint after a late climb on the 145km stage, with Rivera’s bike throw denying former champion Vos on the line in Daventry and Christine Majerus finishing third.

Rivera leads the general classification by 15 seconds over Britain’s Dani Rowe.

Rowe came fourth on stage two to retain the Best British Rider blue jersey.

Three-time world road race champion Vos is a second further back on WaowDeals team-mate Rowe in the overall.

Stage one winner Jolien D’Hoore finished nine minutes 29 seconds down on Rivera to fall down the general classification.

The Women’s Tour has more than doubled its prize fund this year to match the sums awarded in the men’s race, with prize money for the five-day race now standing at 90,000 euro (£80,355).

The 17-team event, now in its fifth edition, forms part of the UCI Women’s WorldTour and concludes on Sunday.

Friday’s stage three is the longest of the race, running 151km from Atherstone to Royal Leamington Spa.

Stage two result:

1. Coryn Rivera (US/Team Sunweb) 4hrs 8mins 06secs

2. Marianne Vos (Ned/WaowDeals) same time

3. Christine Majerus (Lux/Boels-Dolmans)

4. Dani Rowe (GB/WaowDeals)

5. Gracie Elvin (Aus/Mitchelton-Scott)

General classification after stage two:

1. Coryn Rivera (US/Team Sunweb) 7hrs 22mins 22secs

2. Dani Rowe (GB/WaowDeals) +15secs

3. Marianne Vos (Ned/WaowDeals) +16secs

4. Amy Pieters (Ned/Boels-Dolmans) +17secs

5. Christine Majerus (Lux/Boels-Dolmans) +19secs

6. Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita/Wiggle High5) +21secs

7. Eugenia Bujak (Slo/BTC City Ljubljana) +23secs

8. Eva Buurman (Ned/Trek-Drops) same time

9. Maria Giulia Confalonieri (Ita/Valcar PBM)

10. Pauline Ferrand Prevot (Fra/Canyon-SRAM Racing)

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D’Hoore wins Women’s Tour first stage

Jolien D'Hoore wins Women's Tour opening stage

D’Hoore crossed the line first in a sprint finish in Southwold, Suffolk

Belgium’s Jolien D’Hoore won the first stage of the Women’s Tour just three weeks after breaking her collarbone.

A sprint finish saw the Mitchelton-Scott rider, 28, win in a time of three hours 14 minutes 39 seconds.

Ale Cipollini’s Marta Bastianelli was second with Team Sunweb’s Coryn Rivera third after a 129.7km route from Framlingham to Southwold.

Britain’s Hannah Barnes was ninth but two bonus seconds saw Dani Rowe gain the Best British Rider blue jersey.

D’Hoore underwent surgery after breaking her collarbone in a crash while racing in the madison at the Vier-Bahnen-Tournee in Dudenhofen, Germany, in May.

But after three weeks off the bike, she won the opening stage for her second Women’s Tour stage win in succession having won the final stage in 2017.

The Women’s Tour has more than doubled its prize fund this year to match the sums awarded in the men’s race, with prize money for the five-day event now standing at 90,000 euro (£80,355).

The 17-team event, now in its fifth edition, forms part of the UCI Women’s WorldTour.

Thursday’s second stage will see riders tackle a 145km route from Rushden to Daventry.

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Women’s Tour: Hannah Barnes praises organisers after increase in prize money

The Women's Tour

The 2018 Women’s Tour will have its own dedicated television coverage

Britain’s Hannah Barnes believes other cycling events can learn from how the Women’s Tour champions equality with its men’s version, the Tour of Britain.

This year the Women’s Tour has more than doubled its prize fund to match the sums awarded in the men’s race.

“It’s a huge deal and I’m really proud. I feel the sport is moving in the right direction and I feel Britain is to thank for that,” Barnes told BBC Sport.

“I believe everyone is going to have to compete with the British races.”

The Women’s Tour runs over five stages, beginning in Framlingham, Suffolk on 13 June and ending in Colwyn Bay, north Wales on 17 June.

Organisers of the event announced in March that they planned to increase the prize fund for this fourth edition by 55,000 euros (£48,434) to 90,000 euros (£79,257).

This year’s Tour de Yorkshire also had the same prize money on offer for both the men’s and women’s races.

Meanwhile, the Women’s Tour Down Under drew praise in January when it announced equal prize money from next year.

However, in many women’s cycling events the sums offered to the peloton can be paltry.


Five-time world champion Ellen van Dijk followed up the debate with this tweet: “For the record this is what every rider of the team in that race got. So races like Tour de Yorkshire (and for example Prudential Ride Classique) are unique with their amount of prize money. Thanks @letouryorkshire, you’re doing a great job! #WTDY”

“We do a lot of races where it’s difficult to look at the prize pot for men and women as sometimes it’s thousands and thousands of euros difference,” added Barnes.

“There’s more to be done but I’m really happy to be part of women’s cycling at the moment.

“To have done this 10-15 years ago would have been a huge struggle. Now I feel like it’s not a fight anymore and it’s going in the right direction.”

Another difference with the Women’s Tour is that it will have its own dedicated television coverage instead of the last few kilometres being shown before the start of a men’s race.

“A lot of the time we’re competing for the limelight,” explained Barnes.

“In Flanders and the Ardennes it’s great that we have a women’s race but in the back of your mind you think the crowd are there to see the men come through afterwards. But with the Women’s Tour you know everyone is there to watch us race and that’s really special.”

At last year’s edition, Barnes finished third in the general classification, also claiming the jersey for best British rider.

She followed that by taking an impressive stage win at the Giro Rosa – regarded as the biggest stage race in women’s cycling,

This year the 25-year-old enters the Women’s Tour as Great Britain’s highest-ranked elite woman and says the race is one of her targets for the year.

“Last year I think I shocked quite a few people,” said Barnes.

“I came second in two stages so this year one of my goals is to win a stage. This year the stages look a lot harder but I feel stage racing is my forte and I get better as the race goes on.

“Having the British National Road Championships coming up around 10 days after, for me, it’s a really important three weeks to focus on those two main targets.

“I’ve won the national jersey before and really miss it so I’d love to win that race again.”

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