The final stage – a crit-like stage in London that 2 hours before the race was shortened to 10 laps of a 6.2km course for reasons I’m still not sure of.
The big questions were could Katarzyna Niewiadoma keep her General Classification leader’s jersey, or would the teams in second or third, Boels-Dolmans and Sunweb, attack her and steal her win? And would the rest of the GC stay static, or with so many riders so close together, would there be a shake up? With intermediate and finish-line bonus seconds, there was all to play for, and that was before we could factor in the sprinters’ teams, and other teams who really needed the win so they could claim some of the race glory.
The stage didn’t disappoint, with the first major breakaway in pretty much the first kilometre, and I’ve got videos, photos, results and media for you. There’s not much up, yet, but I’ll add in more as I see it.
First, the 40-minute highlights from ITV4, which will be here for 30 days (you may need a VPN). If you can, please watch on ITV, for the viewing figures, but if you can’t they’re also here on YouTube.
More highlights, from the UCI, from the race, and Wiggle High5’s view of the day:
1. Jolien D’hoore (Bel) Wiggle-High5, 1:28:23
2. Hannah Barnes (GBr) Canyon-SRAM, s.t.
3. Christine Majerus (Lux) Boels-Dolmans, s.t.
4. Roxane Fournier (Fra) FDJ-Nouvelle Aquitaine-Futuroscope, s.t.
5. Katie Archibald (GBr) Team WNT, s.t.
6. Marta Bastianelli (Ita) Alé Cipollini, s.t.
7. Giorgia Bronzini (Ita) Wiggle-High5, s.t.
8. Anna van der Breggen (Ned) Boels Dolmans, s.t.
9. Elena Cecchini (Ita) Canyon-SRAM, s.t.
10. Alice Arzuffi (Ita) Lensworld-Zannata, s.t.
When that first break went, with 5 of the 6 Boels-Dolmans, Hannah Barnes, Lisa Brennauer…. and Kasia Niewiadoma and her team-mate Jeanne Korevaar, we knew that WM3 were not going to let this one go! Niewiadoma rode so well, a fantastic and worthy race winner. Losers of the day were Sunweb, who started with 3rd and 4th on GC, but lost that due to Barnes’ ferocious claiming of the intermediate bonifications
1. Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Pol) WM3 Procycling, 16:34:53
2. Christine Majerus (Lux) Boels-Dolmans, + 01:18
3. Hannah Barnes (GBr) Canyon-SRAM, + 01:30
4. Leah Kirchmann (Can) Sunweb, + 01:36
5. Ellen van Dijk (Ned) Sunweb, + 01:39
6. Alice Barnes (GBr) Drops, + 01:47
7. Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (RSA) Cervélo-Bigla, + 01:53
8. Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig (Den) Cervélo-Bigla, + 01:59
9. Dani King (GBr) Cylance, + 02:00
10. Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Wiggle-High5, + 02:01
More videos – and some more media below
This is my favourite women’s cycling tradition!