Stage 3 was the longest we’ve ever seen in a women’s stage race, at 151km long, and it always looked like it would be a battle between escapees and bunch sprint teams, especially with the finish, a long, swooping drag absolutely perfect for power sprinters. But with this year’s race being so unpredictable, what would happen?
I’ve got the highlights videos for you, then the rider for the Look Mum No Hands! Stage 4 #RiderResults competition, and then Stage 3 results, photos, reports and rider tweets for you. As always, I’ll add in more as I see it.
First, the 40 minute highlights from ITV4, available for the next 30 days (you may need a VPN to see these).
Highlights from the UCI and the race organisers:
There’ll be more videos below, but first…
Look Mum No Hands! #RiderResults Stage 4
Every day, I’m picking riders for the Look Mum No Hands! #RiderResults competition – all you have to do is tweet Look Mum! before the last 5km and predict where the rider will finish that day, and you could win goodies from the Look Mum No Hands! shop.
Leah Kirchmann is a Canadian riding for Dutch team Sunweb, and it’s only her second full-time season in Europe, after racing with North American teams for years, on programmes that cross continents. She started off as a cross-country skier, and raced both until she was forced to specialise, and picked the bike.
She’s had fantastic results over the years, but really stepped up with the move to Europe last year, including winning her first European UCI race, the Drentse 8, and the Giro Rosa prologue, being the first rider in the maglia rosa, and ending 8th on GC.
Off the bike, she’s passionate about social causes, and is ambassador for Fast and Female, an organisation that aims to empower young girls through involvement with sport, and a mentor for young cyclists through Global Relay Bridge the Gap, another non-profit that aims to help Canadians get to the top of cycling. Find out more about her on her excellent website, and her Sunweb profile, and follow her on twitter and instagram, where she’s got this fantastic style, eg
She’s more of a sprinter than a climber, but she’s a strong Classics type – and she’ll be racing today for her team-mate Ellen van Dijk, who’s currently second in the GC. But where will she finish today?
Now, back to the race…
1. Chloe Hosking (Aus) Alé Cipollini, 3:57:10
2. Alice Barnes (GBr) Drops, s.t.
3. Ellen van Dijk (Ned) Sunweb, s.t.
4. Giorgia Bronzini (Ita) Wiggle-High5, s.t.
5. Christine Majerus (Lux) Boels-Dolmans, s.t.
6. Hannah Barnes (GBr) Canyon-SRAM, s.t.
7. Katie Archibald (GBr) Team WNT, s.t.
8. Sara Penton (Swe) VéloConcept, s.t.
9. Emilie Møberg (Nor) Hitec Products, s.t.
10. Alison Jackson (Can) BePink, s.t.
Read Chloe Hosking’s reaction on her blog
While Kasia Niewiadoma kept her General Classification lead, the GC did have a shake-up, with Hannah and Alice Barnes both climbing up the rankings to sit 3rd in the GC with Marianne Vos and reducing the gap, and you can see the full results here. But sadly Vos was caught in two crashes, at around 4km and 1km to go, and has had to pull out with a broken collarbone.
This will be a problem for Niewiadoma’s GC defense, as her team isn’t as strong as the super-teams of Boels-Dolmans, Sunweb and Wiggle-High5 – but Stage 4 is perfect for climbers and Classics types, and Niewiadoma is one of the superstars who excels at both. Can she keep the green leader’s jersey? It’s going to be exciting! Here’s what she said at the Stage 3 press conference:
Team video from Wiggle High5, and more highlights – then some social media I’ve liked
Love Hosking’s idiosyncratic victory salute!