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June 7/17 12:49 pm - Women's Tour: Stage 1

Posted by Editoress on 06/7/17

Katarzyna Niewadoma wins the opening stage of the OVO Energy Women's Tour

Katarzyna Niewadoma stormed to victory in the opening stage of the OVO Energy Women's Tour, taking the win in Daventry, Northamptonshire by 1-minute and 42-seconds over teammate Marianne Vos

The 23-year-old Polish Champion, on her first visit to the UK, put in an impeccable display of riding, breaking away with 47-kilometres remaining, to claim her first ever UCI Women's WorldTour win of 2017.






Photo gallery Photos by SW Pix

"When I attacked I wasn't really thinking. I just chose the moment” said Niewadoma speaking afterwards. "It can be a good opportunity to go away. I expected somebody to join me, unfortunately I was alone and I was thinking 'Oh no, there's 50km to go, there's a lot of wind, there are hills!' I wasn't sure if I could gain a lot of seconds but I was really motivated to keep pushing.”

Niewadoma built a three-minute lead at one point, but Boels Dolmans worked hard to reduce the deficit, but such was the WM3 rider's spirit that she stayed away to celebrate a memorable solo win, gesturing to the pink ribbon in her hair as she crossed the Kettering finish line.

"A lot of the time I was thinking about the girl who wrote my Breast Cancer Care pink ribbon; somehow I felt a lot of energy from her. I felt that we could do it. It's so crazy; normally races like this end up in a bunch sprint, and I knew that there are a lot of teams here like Ale Cipollini and Sunweb who want a bunch sprint, so I thought they would chase me hard. When I saw the 15-kilometre to go sign I knew I had to go full and see what happened. I'm so happy that I could win here.”

Niewadoma now wears the OVO Energy Green Jersey heading to Stoke-on-Trent for Stage Two and leads by 1-minute and 46-seconds over Vos, with Christine Majerus a further two seconds in arrears before 15-riders sit at 1-minute 52-seconds.

The WM3 Pro Cycling rider also takes the Wiggle Points Jersey following the opening stage, while Wiggle HIGH5 rider Audrey Cordon Ragot claimed maximum points at both SKODA Queen of the Mountains climb to take that jersey after day one.

Lisa Klein of Cervelo Bigla took the Eisberg Sprints jersey on countback, being tied at the top of the standings with Jolien D'hoore.

Alice Barnes, in seventh, was the top Brit, donning the Adnams Best British Rider Jersey in her home county.

"I've not raced a WorldTour event for about a month now,” said Barnes speaking afterwards. "I've done a lot of training for this race and a top 10 would have been a really nice target, so I'm happy with how it went.

"The wind wasn't as much of a factor as I thought it would be. It started off with a tailwind but we were always pretty bunched up. Up the climbs we raced really hard. Niewiadoma went away and we didn't chase as much as I thought we would. All the big teams were looking at each other. With it being a five-day race over long stages, I don't think anybody wanted to show their hand too early. She's a strong rider so she got her gap pretty quickly.”
Report courtesy Women’s Tour

Canada’s Leah Kirchmann (Team Sunweb) finished 13th in the bunch at 1:32 back. Alison Jackson (BePink Cogeas) 51st at 1:50 back.


Stage 1: Daventry to Kettering, 147.5 km
1 Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Pol) WM3 Pro Cycling Team 3:51:39
2 Marianne Vos (Ned) WM3 Pro Cycling Team 1:42
3 Christine Majerus (Lux) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam
4 Giorgia Bronzini (Ita) Wiggle High5
5 Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) Canyon SRAM Racing
6 Christina Siggaard (Den) Team Veloconcept Women
7 Alice Barnes (GBr) Drops
8 Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (RSA) Cervelo-Bigla Pro Cycling Team
9 Maria Giulia Confalonieri (Ita) Lensworld-Kuota
10 Roxane Fournier (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope
11 Emilie Moberg (Nor) Hitec Products
12 Katie Archibald (GBr) Team WNT Pro Cycling
13 Leah Kirchmann (Can) Team Sunweb
14 Hannah Barnes (GBr) Canyon SRAM Racing
15 Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig (Den) Cervelo-Bigla Pro Cycling Team
16 Chloe Hosking (Aus) Alé Cipollini
17 Ellen van Dijk (Ned) Team Sunweb
18 Rebecca Durrell (GBr) Drops all s.t.
19 Sarah Roy (Aus) Orica Scott 1:49
20 Danielle King (GBr) Cylance Pro Cycling s.t.
21 Aude Biannic (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope 1:50
22 Janneke Ensing (Ned) Alé Cipollini
23 Eileen Roe (GBr) Team WNT Pro Cycling
24 Floortje Mackaij (Ned) Team Sunweb
25 Amy Pieters (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam
26 Lucinda Brand (Ned) Team Sunweb
27 Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Wiggle High5
28 Simona Frapporti (Ita) Hitec Products
29 Vita Heine (Nor) Hitec Products
30 Shara Gillow (Aus) FDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope
31 Sara Penton (Swe) Team Veloconcept Women
32 Lisa Klein (Ger) Cervelo-Bigla Pro Cycling Team
33 Eugénie Duval (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope
34 Alice Maria Arzuffi (Ita) Lensworld-Kuota
35 Sofie De Vuyst (Bel) Lares-Waowdeals Women Cycling Team
36 Anna van der Breggen (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam
37 Anouska Koster (Ned) WM3 Pro Cycling Team
38 Lauren Kitchen (Aus) WM3 Pro Cycling Team
39 Elizabeth Deignan (GBr) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam
40 Audrey Cordon Ragot (Fra) Wiggle High5
41 Jolien D'Hoore (Bel) Wiggle High5
42 Katrine Aalerud (Nor) Hitec Products
43 Alena Amialiusik (Blr) Canyon SRAM Racing
44 Ilaria Sanguineti (Ita) BePink Cogeas
45 Jeanne Korevaar (Ned) WM3 Pro Cycling Team
46 Natalie Grinczer (GBr) Team WNT Pro Cycling
47 Malgorzta Jasinska (Pol) Cylance Pro Cycling
48 Lisa Brennauer (Ger) Canyon SRAM Racing
49 Chantal Blaak (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam
50 Elena Cecchini (Ita) Canyon SRAM Racing
51 Alison Jackson (Can) BePink Cogeas all s.t.
52 Romy Kasper (Ger) Alé Cipollini 1:59
53 Anna Trevisi (Ita) Alé Cipollini
54 Rossella Ratto (Ita) Cylance Pro Cycling
55 Hannah Payton (GBr) Drops
56 Clara Koppenburg (Ger) Cervelo-Bigla Pro Cycling Team
57 Trixi Worrack (Ger) Canyon SRAM Racing
58 Anna Plichta (Pol) WM3 Pro Cycling Team
59 Christina Perchtold (Aut) Cervelo-Bigla Pro Cycling Team
60 Martina Ritter (Aut) Drops
61 Abby-Mae Parkinson (GBr) Drops
62 Tatiana Guderzo (Ita) Lensworld-Kuota
63 Eri Yonamine (Jpn) FDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope all s.t.
64 Alexandra Manly (Aus) Orica Scott 2:05
65 Maria Vittoria Sperotto (Ita) BePink Cogeas 2:06
66 Gracie Elvin (Aus) Orica Scott
67 Nikki Brammeier (GBr) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam both s.t.
68 Stephanie Pohl (Ger) Cervelo-Bigla Pro Cycling Team 2:11
69 Sarah Rijkes (Aut) Lares-Waowdeals Women Cycling Team 2:14
70 Roxane Knetemann (Ned) FDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope s.t.
71 Claudia Lichtenberg (Ger) Wiggle High5 2:21
72 Thea Thorson (Nor) Hitec Products 2:23
73 Shani Bloch-Davidov (Isr) Team Veloconcept Women
74 Daniela Reis (Por) Lares-Waowdeals Women Cycling Team
75 Miriam Bjørnsrud (Nor) Hitec Products
76 Rozanne Slik (Ned) Team Sunweb
77 Sabrina Stultiens (Ned) Team Sunweb
78 Rachel Neylan (Aus) Orica Scott
79 Jessica Allen (Aus) Orica Scott all s.t.
80 Marta Bastianelli (Ita) Alé Cipollini 2:33
81 Elise Maes (Lux) Team WNT Pro Cycling s.t.
82 Sheyla Gutierrez Ruiz (Esp) Cylance Pro Cycling 2:36
83 Annalisa Cucinotta (Ita) Lensworld-Kuota 3:05
84 Annabel Simpson (GBr) Drops 4:57
85 Sarah Inghelbrecht (Bel) Lares-Waowdeals Women Cycling Team 8:00
86 Lydia Boylan (Irl) Team WNT Pro Cycling 8:07
87 Francesca Pattaro (Ita) BePink Cogeas 15:50
88 Silvia Valsecchi (Ita) BePink Cogeas 19:15
89 Hayley Jones (GBr) Team WNT Pro Cycling 21:10
90 Emilia Fahlin (Swe) Wiggle High5
91 Daiva Tuslaite (Ltu) Alé Cipollini
92 Willeke Knol (Ned) Cylance Pro Cycling all s.t.
93 Annalisa Cucinotta (Ita) Lensworld-Kuota 23:18
DNF Georgia Baker (Aus) Orica Scott
DNF Kirsten Wild (Ned) Cylance Pro Cycling
DNF Katia Ragusa (Ita) BePink Cogeas
DNF Alice Cobb (GBr) Lares-Waowdeals Women Cycling Team
DNF Doris Schweizer (Sui) Team Veloconcept Women
DNF Camilla Møllebro (Den) Team Veloconcept Women


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