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May 9/14 13:13 pm - The Women's Tour: Stage 3, Kirchmann 6th


Posted by Editoress on 05/9/14
 

Stage win and Friends Life Yellow Jersey for Vos in Clacton

Marianne Vos took her long threatened stage victory in the Friends Life Women's Tour, sprinting to the win in Clacton to move into the race leader's yellow jersey after three days of action.

Vos headed home Emma Johansson and Giorgia Bronzini on the gently rising finish straight on Clacton's seafront at the end of an action packed stage, run off in a little over two-hours in blustery conditions on the Suffolk and Essex coasts.

 

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Vos wins

 

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Marianne Vos

 

Despite a flat tyre Britain's Lizzie Armitstead took fourth in the sprint to stay in the hunt for overall victory.

As a result of victory, Vos trades the YodelDirect Points jersey for the Friends Life Yellow Jersey of race leader, taking a eight second lead over Stage One winner Johansson, with overnight leader Rossella Ratto a further second back in third.

Vos continues to also lead the YodelDirect Points classification after her consistent run of second-third-first finishes, with Armitstead retaining the Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research Best British Rider jersey and staying fifth overall.

Ratto's consolation for losing the race lead is retaining the Matrix Fitness Best Young Rider jersey, while Sharon Laws retains the Strava Queen of the Mountains jersey, with a three point lead over Switzerland's Jolanda Neff.

Numerous attacks throughout the stage, including one by Armitstead and Boels Dolmans straight from 0-kilometre and one that featured Armitstead, Johansson and Vos, were kept on a tight leash, resulting in frantic action.

Combined with strong winds this left several groups distanced from the rear of the race, but plenty of action at the front.  Specialized Lululemon's Trixi Worrack earned the day's combativity award for her persistent attacking, with teammate Tiffany Cromwell's last ditch attempt caught at the flame rouge as the peloton prepared for the bunch gallop.

Saturday sees Hertfordshire host the Friends Life Women's Tour for Stage Four from Cheshunt to Welwyn Garden City.

 

Kirchmann Sprints To Sixth Place Finish at Women's Tour

Leah Kirchmann battled crashes and relentless wind conditions to sprint to sixth place in stage 3 of the Women's Tour,  a 56-mile trip from Felixstowe to Clacton-on-Sea. The Orange and Black delivered a picturesque leadout over the closing kilometres for the current Canadian criterium champion, allowing the young rider to go head to head against some of the world's top sprinters, including stage winner and reigning world champion Marianne Vos (Rabo-Liv).

"There were lots of attacks coming into town in the final 5 kilometres, but it was so windy that nobody could stay away. The team did a great job today - we wanted to be more assertive, and Janel (Holcomb) worked hard to mark those final attacks. We lost Lauren (Hall) in the final few kilometres but fortunately I was still able to find the right wheel and have a chance at the sprint."

Hall suffered an untimely mechanical malfunction that knocked her out of the run to the line, but the team's concerted efforts were enough to capture a top ten on a surprising day of racing.

"Going into the stage, there was a lot of talk about how the wind would make today's race decisive. It was definitely windy, but the I think the amount of direction changes on the course made it tough for team's to time their attacks well," said Performance Director Kevin Field. "We talked this morning about the necessity of capitalizing on every opportunity at a race of this caliber, and the women did a wonderful job reading the race conditions and getting Leah where she needed to be."

Kirchmann, Holcomb, and Hall all battled back from crashes in a slick second stage, which saw Holcomb pay a visit to the hospital to check the status of her ankle. Kirchmann reopened a gash in her left knee in her tumble, but all three were able to start and finish today's stage.

The team resumes the podium hunt tomorrow in a 55-mile trip from Cheshunt to Welwyn Garden City.

Team Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies report

 

 

Results from the third stage in the UK

Stage 3: Felixstowe to Clacton-on-the-Sea, 90.5 km
1 Marianne Vos (Ned) Rabo Liv women cycling team 2:11:05
2 Emma Johansson (Swe) Orica AIS
3 Giorgia Bronzini (Ita) Wiggle Honda
4 Lizzie Armitstead (GBr) Boels Dolmans cycling team
5 Elena Cecchini (Ita) Estado de Mexico Faren
6 Leah Kirchmann (Can) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies
7 Amy Pieters (Ned) Netherlands
8 Lucy Garner (GBr) Great Britain
9 Ellen van Dijk (Ned) Boels Dolmans cycling team
10 Chloe Hosking (Aus) Hitec products
11 Aurore Verhoeven (Fra) Lointek
12 Aude Biannic (Fra) Lointek
13 Peta Mullens (Aus) Wiggle Honda
14 Liesbet de Vocht (Bel) Lotto Belisol Ladies
15 Elise Delzenne (Fra) Specialized-lululemon
16 Loes Gunnewijk (Ned) Orica AIS
17 Ruth Winder (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling
18 Gracie Elvin (Aus) Orica AIS
19 Annemiek Van Vleuten (Ned) Rabo Liv women cycling team
20 Rossella Ratto (Ita) Estado de Mexico Faren
21 Lucinda Brand (Ned) Rabo Liv women cycling team
22 Mascha Pijnenborg (Ned) Netherlands
23 Katie Archibald (GBr) Great Britain
24 Dani King (GBr) Wiggle Honda
25 Trixi Worrack (Ger) Specialized-lululemon
26 Melon Pawlowska (Pol) Boels Dolmans cycling team
27 Susanna Zorzi (Ita) Astana Bepink womens team
28 Jolanda Neff (Sui) Switzerland
29 Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) Specialized-lululemon
30 Chantal Blaak (Ned) Specialized-lululemon
31 Charlotte Becker (Ger) Wiggle Honda
32 Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Hitec products
33 Denise Ramsden (Can) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies
34 Romy Kasper (Ger) Boels Dolmans cycling team
35 Linda Villumsen (NZl) Wiggle Honda
36 Lisa Brennauer (Ger) Specialized-lululemon
37 Ashleigh Moolman Pasio (RSA) Hitec products
38 Jessie Walker (GBr) Matrix Fitness - Vulpine
39 Lucia Gonzalez (Spa) Lointek
40 Sharon Laws (GBr) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling
41 Hannah Barnes (GBr) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling
42 Shara Gillow (Aus) Orica AIS
43 Helen Wyman (GBr) Matrix Fitness - Vulpine
44 Dalia Muccioli (Ita) Astana Bepink womens team
45 Janel Holcomb (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies
46 Valentina Scandolara (Ita) Orica AIS
47 Jessie Daams (Bel) Boels Dolmans cycling team
48 Jutta Stienen (Sui) Switzerland all s.t.
49 Alice Arzuffi (Ita) Astana Bepink womens team 0:11
50 Silvia Valsecchi (Ita) Astana Bepink womens team
51 Iris Slappendel (Ned) Rabo Liv women cycling team both s.t.
52 Roxane Knetemann (Ned) Rabo Liv women cycling team 0:13
53 Chantal Hoffmann (Lux) Lotto Belisol Ladies s.t.
54 Henriette Woering (Ned) Netherlands 0:15
55 Katrin Leumann (Sui) Switzerland 0:52
56 Lauren Hall (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies 0:00
57 Fanny Riberot (Fra) Lointek 8:19
58 Lucy Martin (GBr) Estado de Mexico Faren 12:03
59 Janine van de Meer (Ned) Netherlands
60 Anouska Koster (Ned) Netherlands
61 Uenia Fernandes Souza (Bra) Estado de Mexico Faren
62 Belen Lopez (Spa) Lointek
63 Cari Higgins (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling
64 Anna Knauer (Ger) Rabo Liv women cycling team
65 Ciara Horne (GBr) Great Britain
66 Jade Wilcoxson (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies
67 Emma Pooley (GBr) Lotto Belisol Ladies
68 Fabiana Luperini (Ita) Estado de Mexico Faren
69 Laura Trott (GBr) Wiggle Honda
70 Annette Edmondson (Aus) Orica AIS
71 Emma Trott (GBr) Boels Dolmans cycling team
72 Amy Hill (GBr) Great Britain
73 Linda Indergand (Sui) Switzerland all s.t.
74 Ramona Forchini (Sui) Switzerland 22:39
75 Katharine Hall (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling 24:51
76 Isabelle Beckers (Bel) Lotto Belisol Ladies
77 Emily Kay (GBr) Great Britain
78 Erika Leticia Yepez Fernandez (Mex) Estado de Mexico Faren
79 Caroline Baur (Sui) Switzerland
80 Melissa Lowther (GBr) Matrix Fitness - Vulpine
81 Jo Tindley (GBr) Matrix Fitness - Vulpine
82 Hayley Jones (GBr) Great Britain
83 Penny Rowson (GBr) Matrix Fitness - Vulpine
84 Doris Schweizer (Sui) Astana Bepink womens team
85 Harriet Owen (GBr) Matrix Fitness - Vulpine all s.t.
DNF Thea Thorsen (Nor) Hitec products
DNF Sheyla Gutierrez (Spa) Lointek
DNF Lauren Tamayo (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling
 
GC
1 Marianne Vos (Ned) Rabo Liv women cycling team 7:41:14
2 Emma Johansson (Swe) Orica AIS 0:08
3 Rossella Ratto (Ita) Estado de Mexico Faren 0:09
4 Susanna Zorzi (Ita) Astana Bepink womens team 0:14
5 Lizzie Armitstead (GBr) Boels Dolmans cycling team 0:18
6 Giorgia Bronzini (Ita) Wiggle Honda 0:24
7 Hannah Barnes (GBr) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling s.t.
8 Ellen van Dijk (Ned) Boels Dolmans cycling team 0:25
9 Elise Delzenne (Fra) Specialized-lululemon s.t.
10 Lucy Garner (GBr) Great Britain 0:28
11 Amy Pieters (Ned) Netherlands
12 Elena Cecchini (Ita) Estado de Mexico Faren
13 Aurore Verhoeven (Fra) Lointek
14 Chloe Hosking (Aus) Hitec products
15 Aude Biannic (Fra) Lointek
16 Trixi Worrack (Ger) Specialized-lululemon
17 Leah Kirchmann (Can) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies
18 Jolanda Neff (Sui) Switzerland
19 Liesbet de Vocht (Bel) Lotto Belisol Ladies
20 Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Hitec products
21 Annemiek Van Vleuten (Ned) Rabo Liv women cycling team
22 Mascha Pijnenborg (Ned) Netherlands
23 Peta Mullens (Aus) Wiggle Honda
24 Lisa Brennauer (Ger) Specialized-lululemon
25 Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) Specialized-lululemon
26 Gracie Elvin (Aus) Orica AIS
27 Linda Villumsen (NZl) Wiggle Honda
28 Dani King (GBr) Wiggle Honda
29 Denise Ramsden (Can) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies
30 Ashleigh Moolman Pasio (RSA) Hitec products
31 Lauren Hall (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies
32 Katie Archibald (GBr) Great Britain
33 Loes Gunnewijk (Ned) Orica AIS
34 Melon Pawlowska (Pol) Boels Dolmans cycling team
35 Sharon Laws (GBr) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling
36 Dalia Muccioli (Ita) Astana Bepink womens team
37 Romy Kasper (Ger) Boels Dolmans cycling team
38 Janel Holcomb (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies
39 Lucia Gonzalez (Spa) Lointek
40 Shara Gillow (Aus) Orica AIS
41 Jessie Daams (Bel) Boels Dolmans cycling team all s.t.
42 Silvia Valsecchi (Ita) Astana Bepink womens team 0:36
43 Alice Arzuffi (Ita) Astana Bepink womens team 0:39
44 Iris Slappendel (Ned) Rabo Liv women cycling team s.t.
45 Roxane Knetemann (Ned) Rabo Liv women cycling team 0:41
46 Lucinda Brand (Ned) Rabo Liv women cycling team 0:52
47 Charlotte Becker (Ger) Wiggle Honda 0:53
48 Helen Wyman (GBr) Matrix Fitness - Vulpine 0:58
49 Chantal Blaak (Ned) Specialized-lululemon 1:01
50 Ruth Winder (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling s.t.
51 Valentina Scandolara (Ita) Orica AIS 1:03
52 Jessie Walker (GBr) Matrix Fitness - Vulpine 1:23
53 Chantal Hoffmann (Lux) Lotto Belisol Ladies s.t.
54 Henriette Woering (Ned) Netherlands 1:48
55 Katrin Leumann (Sui) Switzerland 1:56
56 Jutta Stienen (Sui) Switzerland 3:14
57 Fanny Riberot (Fra) Lointek 10:14
58 Anouska Koster (Ned) Netherlands 12:31
59 Laura Trott (GBr) Wiggle Honda
60 Linda Indergand (Sui) Switzerland
61 Belen Lopez (Spa) Lointek
62 Ciara Horne (GBr) Great Britain
63 Janine van de Meer (Ned) Netherlands
64 Jade Wilcoxson (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies all s.t.
65 Lucy Martin (GBr) Estado de Mexico Faren 13:04
66 Emma Pooley (GBr) Lotto Belisol Ladies 13:38
67 Anna Knauer (Ger) Rabo Liv women cycling team 13:58
68 Annette Edmondson (Aus) Orica AIS 14:01
69 Emma Trott (GBr) Boels Dolmans cycling team s.t.
70 Cari Higgins (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling 15:17
71 Uenia Fernandes Souza (Bra) Estado de Mexico Faren 15:49
72 Fabiana Luperini (Ita) Estado de Mexico Faren 15:58
73 Amy Hill (GBr) Great Britain 22:20
74 Ramona Forchini (Sui) Switzerland 23:07
75 Katharine Hall (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling 25:34
76 Hayley Jones (GBr) Great Britain 25:52
77 Doris Schweizer (Sui) Astana Bepink womens team 26:26
78 Erika Leticia Yepez Fernandez (Mex) Estado de Mexico Faren 28:05
79 Jo Tindley (GBr) Matrix Fitness - Vulpine 29:08
80 Melissa Lowther (GBr) Matrix Fitness - Vulpine 34:03
81 Caroline Baur (Sui) Switzerland 35:30
82 Penny Rowson (GBr) Matrix Fitness - Vulpine s.t.
83 Emily Kay (GBr) Great Britain 35:50
84 Isabelle Beckers (Bel) Lotto Belisol Ladies 48:40
85 Harriet Owen (GBr) Matrix Fitness - Vulpine 56:29
 
Team GC
1 Orica AIS 23:05:06
2 Specialized-lululemon
3 Boels Dolmans cycling team
4 Hitec products
5 Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies
6 Wiggle Honda
7 Lointek
8 Rabo Liv women cycling team all s.t.
9 Astana Bepink womens team 0:05
10 Netherlands 0:15
11 UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling 0:15
12 Switzerland 0:52
13 Great Britain 12:03
14 Estado de Mexico Faren 12:30
15 Lotto Belisol Ladies 14:05
16 Matrix Fitness - Vulpine 29:10


Previous Stages
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