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May 7/14 12:59 pm - The Women's Tour: Stage 1 report and results

Posted by Editoress on 05/7/14

Emma Johansson rides into history in Northampton

World number one Emma Johansson became the Friends Life Women's Tour number one as she narrowly beat Marianne Vos on Derngate in Northampton to take the opening stage and with it the race lead.

The Swedish rider headed home Vos and Northamptonshire's Hannah Barnes, who claimed the Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research Best British Rider jersey.

Johansson, of the Orica AIS team now leads the Friends Life General Classification by four seconds from Vos, and also the YodelDirect Points Jersey, thanks to points scored at the opening YodelDirect Sprint in Desborough, and the 15-points on the finish line.



On the startline in Oundle



Peloton riding through countryside


The first ever Friends Life Women's Tour was waved away from Oundle under blue skies, with Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson waving the Union Jack in front of large crowds packing out the picturesque Northamptonshire market town.

An active and engaging race saw several attacks fail to stick, with Rossella Ratto the first to gain any significant advantage with her attempt after the day's opening YodelDirect Sprint taking her clear over the race's first Strava Queen of the Mountains climb at Harrington.

With Ratto caught the next major moment came in the grounds of the Althorp Estate and the last 30-kilometres with the race splitting up sending Elise Delzenne clear.

The Specialized Lululemon rider built up a lead of up to 45-seconds as the race skirted around Northampton, but come the closing kilometres the lead was whittled down by the Rabo Liv and Boels Dolmans teams until Delzenne was caught approaching the final kilometre to go marker.



Emma Johansson takes the win over Marianne Vos


All back together and Lizzie Armitsead opened up the sprint with around 450-metres to go with Johansson on her wheel.  Vos then came past to take the lead, with Johansson's late sprint pipping Vos to victory in the first ever stage of the Friends Life Women's Tour.

Armitstead faded to finish eighth, with Leicestershire's Lucy Garner two places ahead of her in sixth, the day before the Friends Life Women's Tour races through her hometown of Cosby.




Stage Two sees the 90-riders remaining in the Friends Life Women's Tour racing from Hinckley to Bedford in a 118.5-kilometre leg, finishing on The Embankment in Bedford on Thursday 8th May.


Press release


Results for the first stage in the UK

Stage 1: Oundle to Northhampton, 93.8 km
1 Emma Johansson (Swe) Orica AIS 2:28:29
2 Marianne Vos (Ned) Rabo Liv women cycling team
3 Hannah Barnes (GBr) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling
4 Trixi Worrack (Ger) Specialized-lululemon
5 Giorgia Bronzini (Ita) Wiggle Honda
6 Lucy Garner (GBr) Great Britain
7 Elena Cecchini (Ita) Estado de Mexico Faren
8 Lizzie Armitstead (GBr) Boels Dolmans cycling team
9 Amy Pieters (Ned) Netherlands
10 Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) Specialized-lululemon
11 Lauren Hall (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies
12 Leah Kirchmann (Can) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies
13 Jolanda Neff (Sui) Switzerland
14 Aurore Verhoeven (Fra) Lointek
15 Aude Biannic (Fra) Lointek
16 Chloe Hosking (Aus) Hitec products
17 Liesbet de Vocht (Bel) Lotto Belisol Ladies
18 Jessie Walker (GBr) Matrix Fitness - Vulpine
19 Dalia Muccioli (Ita) Astana Bepink womens team
20 Ellen van Dijk (Ned) Boels Dolmans cycling team
21 Mascha Pijnenborg (Ned) Netherlands
22 Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Hitec products
23 Denise Ramsden (Can) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies
24 Lisa Brennauer (Ger) Specialized-lululemon
25 Annemiek Van Vleuten (Ned) Rabo Liv women cycling team
26 Janel Holcomb (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies
27 Sharon Laws (GBr) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling
28 Linda Villumsen (NZl) Wiggle Honda
29 Dani King (GBr) Wiggle Honda
30 Emily Kay (GBr) Great Britain
31 Janine van de Meer (Ned) Netherlands
32 Katrin Leumann (Sui) Switzerland
33 Annette Edmondson (Aus) Orica AIS
34 Lucy Martin (GBr) Estado de Mexico Faren
35 Gracie Elvin (Aus) Orica AIS
36 Ashleigh Moolman Pasio (RSA) Hitec products
37 Charlotte Becker (Ger) Wiggle Honda
38 Laura Trott (GBr) Wiggle Honda
39 Peta Mullens (Aus) Wiggle Honda
40 Linda Indergand (Sui) Switzerland
41 Alice Arzuffi (Ita) Astana Bepink womens team
42 Melon Pawlowska (Pol) Boels Dolmans cycling team
43 Romy Kasper (Ger) Boels Dolmans cycling team
44 Anouska Koster (Ned) Netherlands
45 Susanna Zorzi (Ita) Astana Bepink womens team
46 Iris Slappendel (Ned) Rabo Liv women cycling team
47 Chantal Blaak (Ned) Specialized-lululemon
48 Henriette Woering (Ned) Netherlands
49 Ciara Horne (GBr) Great Britain
50 Ramona Forchini (Sui) Switzerland
51 Belen Lopez (Spa) Lointek
52 Valentina Scandolara (Ita) Orica AIS
53 Loes Gunnewijk (Ned) Orica AIS
54 Rossella Ratto (Ita) Estado de Mexico Faren
55 Lucia Gonzalez (Spa) Lointek
56 Elise Delzenne (Fra) Specialized-lululemon
57 Shara Gillow (Aus) Orica AIS
58 Helen Wyman (GBr) Matrix Fitness - Vulpine
59 Fanny Riberot (Fra) Lointek
60 Karol Ann Canuel (Can) Specialized-lululemon
61 Katharine Hall (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling
62 Doris Schweizer (Sui) Astana Bepink womens team
63 Anna Knauer (Ger) Rabo Liv women cycling team
64 Hayley Jones (GBr) Great Britain
65 Jessie Daams (Bel) Boels Dolmans cycling team
66 Katie Archibald (GBr) Great Britain
67 Silvia Valsecchi (Ita) Astana Bepink womens team
68 Roxane Knetemann (Ned) Rabo Liv women cycling team
69 Emma Pooley (GBr) Lotto Belisol Ladies
70 Erika Leticia Yepez Fernandez (Mex) Estado de Mexico Faren
71 Lauren Tamayo (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling
72 Emma Trott (GBr) Boels Dolmans cycling team
73 Cari Higgins (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling
74 Ruth Winder (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling
75 Jade Wilcoxson (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies
76 Chantal Hoffmann (Lux) Lotto Belisol Ladies all s.t.
77 Lucinda Brand (Ned) Rabo Liv women cycling team 0:24
78 Amy Cure (Aus) Lotto Belisol Ladies 1:25
79 Uenia Fernandes Souza (Bra) Estado de Mexico Faren 1:51
80 Jutta Stienen (Sui) Switzerland 2:46
81 Thea Thorsen (Nor) Hitec products 2:49
82 Fabiana Luperini (Ita) Estado de Mexico Faren 2:52
83 Sheyla Gutierrez (Spa) Lointek 2:59
84 Jo Tindley (GBr) Matrix Fitness - Vulpine 3:09
85 Amy Hill (GBr) Great Britain 8:44
86 Caroline Baur (Sui) Switzerland
87 Melissa Lowther (GBr) Matrix Fitness - Vulpine
88 Isabelle Beckers (Bel) Lotto Belisol Ladies
89 Penny Rowson (GBr) Matrix Fitness - Vulpine all s.t.
90 Harriet Owen (GBr) Matrix Fitness - Vulpine 17:55
DNF Molly Meyvisch (Bel) Lotto Belisol Ladies
DNF Ashlynn Van Baarle (Ned) Netherlands
DNF Audrey Cordon (Fra) Hitec products
DNF Siri Minge (Nor) Hitec products
DNF Michela Maltese (Ita) Astana Bepink womens team
Team GC
1 Specialized-lululemon 7:25:27
2 Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies
3 Netherlands
4 Wiggle Honda
5 Orica AIS
6 Boels Dolmans cycling team
7 Rabo Liv women cycling team
8 Hitec products
9 Lointek
10 Great Britain
11 Switzerland
12 UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling
13 Estado de Mexico Faren
14 Astana Bepink womens team
15 Lotto Belisol Ladies all s.t.
16 Matrix Fitness - Vulpine 3:09


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