Brits at the Women’s Tour – Stage 3

WTLogoTo begin Stage 3, the Women’s Tour made a return to Oundle where, last year, everyone’s unspoken fear that “maybe nobody will show up” was laid to rest forever when literally thousands of people packed into the Northamptonshire town’s beautiful Market Place to prove once and for all that the Great British Public really does have an appetite for women’s cycling, despite the shockingly limited exposure the sport receives in the media.

Stage 3 Gallery – below

Today’s stage was very different to last year’s Stage 1, however – while the 2014 parcours took a relatively flat route to Northampton, this time around the riders faced a hilly 139.2km (just 800m short of the maximum permitted under UCI rules for women’s stage races!) and repaid the town for its support with a loop through the streets before heading off through the rolling local countryside on the way to Kettering (hometown to comedian and cyclist High Dennis, fact fans!).

18313197253_45d2cb959f_k

The enormously popular Jo Rowsell was unable to start Stage 3 (© Nikki & Gethin Pearson)

Despite the loss of Jo Rowsell (Pearl Izumi-Sports Tours International) who did not start due to an infection resulting from a wasp sting in the first stage and an eye injury (see her team’s press release below), it turned out to be another good day for the Brits with ten of the remaining fourteen British riders rising through the GC ranks: two British riders, Lucy Garner (Liv-Plantur) and Hannah Barnes (UHC) finished in the top ten just 2″ behind the Luxembourgian road race, time trial and cyclocross champion Christine Majerus whose victory was sufficiently secure that she raised her arms in celebration whilst still some sixty metres from the finish line and also placed her tip of the General Classification with a 3″ advantage over previous leader Lisa Brennauer (Velocio-SRAM) – a small advantage that leaves the race wide open.

“We can confirm that Joanna Rowsell has unfortunately had to withdrawn from the Women’s Tour and didn’t start stage 3 today. Joanna has suffered a cut left eyeball, possibly from grit flicking up off the road, and also has an infection in her left arm following a wasp sting during stage 1. Both injuries are too severe to carry during a stage race of this calibre and the medical team recommended she retire from the race to focus on recovery and her upcoming commitments of the National Road Race and team pursuit preparation. Everyone in the Pearl Izumi Sports Tours International team are sorry to see her go home but look forward to spending Nationals week with her next week. Get well soon Joanna.”Pearl Izumi-Sports Tours International press release

Fellow Brit and Liv-Plantur team mate Molly Weaver was the next best Brit finishing in 22nd place at +12″. 20-year-old Garner’s performance made her the leading rider of the Youth category in which she was 7th yesterday. In the same category, Barnes finished yesterday in 4th place but is now second with a disadvantage of just 1″ – all in all, five of the British riders eligible for the category made gains, with only Elinor Barker losing ground. Good news for the future of women’s cycling in the UK!

DW3

Brits on the start line (© Dave White)

 

In the GC, Garner moved from 16th at +12″to 6th, retaining the same disadvantage, and thus becomes the leading British rider. Barnes, 10th yesterday at +11″, is now 7th but with a slightly enlarged disadvantage of +13″.

DW9

Sharon Laws deservedly won the Combativity prize (© Dave White)

For many, the real British star of the show was 40-year-old Sharon Laws who once again taught riders far younger a thing or two about bike racing when she accelerated out of the pack to join a break 1’30” up the road. Leading for most of the day, the break’s advantage would be stretched out to 3’30” with 40km left to the finish when the peloton decided enough was enough and ramped up its efforts to bring them back, only succeeding in doing so with 3km to go. She received the Combativity prize for her efforts,

Stage 1Stage 2Stage 3Stage 4Stage 5

 

 

British Riders Stage 3

3 Lucy Garner (Liv-Plantur) +2″
4 Hannah Barnes (UHC) ST
22 Molly Weaver (L +12″
32 Laura Trott (Matrix Pro Cycling) ST
38 Dani King (Wiggle-Honda) ST
59 Ciara Horne (Pearl Izumi-Sports Tours International) ST
60 Sharon Laws (Bigla)
63 Gabriella Shaw (Pearl Izumi-Sports Tours International) ST
66 Katie Curtis (Pearl Izumi-Sports Tours International) ST
72 Sarah Storey (Pearl Izumi-Sports Tours International) +29″
74 Katie Archibald (Pearl Izumi-Sports Tours International) +31″
75 Lucy Martin (Matrix Pro Cycling) +34″
78 Helen Wyman (Matrix Pro Cycling) +38″
79 Elinor Barker (Matrix Pro Cycling) ST
DNS Jo Rowsell (Pearl Izumi-Sports Tours International)

Stage 3 Brits in the GC

DW11

A superb performance by Lucy Garner today (© Dave White)

6 Lucy Garner (Liv-Plantur) +12″ (+10 places)
7 Hannah Barnes (UHC) +13″ (+3 places)
30 Laura Trott (Matrix Pro Cycling) +26″ (-2 places)
37 Katie Curtis (Pearl Izumi-Sports Tours International) ST (-14 places)
47 Molly Weaver (Liv-Plantur) ST (+19 places)
54 Dani King (Wiggle-Honda) ST (+15 places)
57 Sharon Laws (Bigla) ST (+1 place)
62 Gabriella Shaw (Pearl Izumi-Sports Tours International) ST (+3 places)
66 Ciara Horne (Pearl Izumi-Sports Tours International) ST (+15 places)
73 Lucy Martin (Matrix Pro Cycling) +48″ (-32 places)
74 Elinor Barker (Matrix Pro Cycling) +49″ (-65 places)
81 Helen Wyman (Matrix Pro Cycling) +2’28” (+3 places)
83 Sarah Storey (Pearl Izumi-Sports Tours International) +2’50” (+3 places)
84 Katie Archibald (Pearl Izumi-Sports Tours International) +3’51” (+3 places)

Overall Other Categories

Points

8 Lucy Garner (Liv-Plantur) (+10 places)
9 Hannah Barnes (UHC) (+8 places)
19 Elinor Barker (Matrix Pro Cycling) (-4 places)

Queen of the Mountains

3 Sharon Laws (Bigla) 11pts (+1 place)
4 Laura Trott (Matrix Pro Cycling) 10pts (-1 place)
14 Elinor Barker (Matrix Pro Cycling) 3pts (-2 places)
16 Katie Archibald (Pearl Izumi-Sports Tours International) 1pt (-1 place)

Youth

1 Lucy Garner (Liv-Plantur) (+6 places)
2 Hannah Barnes (UHC) (+2 places)
9 Laura Trott (Matrix Pro Cycling) (no change)
12 Molly Weaver (Liv-Plantur) (+5 places)
14 Gabriella Shaw (Pearl Izumi-Sports Tours International) (+2 places)
17 Elinor Barker (Matrix Pro Cycling) (-14 places)
22 Katie Archibald (Pearl Izumi-Sports Tours International) (+1 place)

Stage 3 Top Ten and Overall GC

DW12

Christine Majerus now wears the yellow jersey (© Dave White)

Stage 3 Top ten
1 Christine Majerus (Boels-Dolmans) 3h43’05”
2 Barbara Guarischi (Velocio-SRAM) +2″
3 Lucy Garner (Liv-Plantur) ST
4 Hannah Barnes (UHC) ST
5 Emma Johansson (Orica-AIS) ST
6 Lisa Brennauer (Velocio-SRAM) ST
7 Jolien D’hoore (Wiggle-Honda) ST
8 Trixi Worrack (Velocio-SRAM) +5″
9 Amalie Dideriksen (Boels-Dolmans) ST
10 Simona Frapporti (Ale-Cipollini) ST
Full result

Stage 3 Top Ten GC
1 Christine Majerus (Boels-Dolmans) 9h46’09”
2 Jolien D’hoore (Wiggle-Honda) +3″
3 Lisa Brennauer (Velocio-SRAM) +4″
4 Emma Johansson (Orica-AIS) +9″
5 Barbara Guarischi (Velocio-SRAM) +10″
6 Lucy Garner (Liv-Plantur) +12″ (+10 places)
7 Hannah Barnes (UHC) +13″ (+3 places)
8 Simona Frapporti (Ale-Cipollini) +19″
9 Alexis Ryan (UHC) ST
10 Pascale Jeuland (Poitou Charentes-Futuroscope.86) ST
Full result

 

Stage 3 Gallery

DW6

Elinor Barker (© Dave White)

DW7

Trotty (© Dave White)

DW8

The best of British! (© Dave White)

DW10

This spectator looks as though she might not be a bad rider herself… (© Dave White)

18339530733_ba1e6ca4b1_z

Hannah Barnes (© Nikki & Gethin Pearson)

18338990743_bbc8cf68b2_z

Lucy Martin (© Nikki & Gethin Pearson)

18773627009_2d3c5f1dac_z

(© Nikki & Gethin Pearson)

18771950088_52be7fc843_z

Helen Wyman signing autographs (© Nikki & Gethin Pearson)

18337228114_4d1ce44981_z

Sarah Storey (© Nikki & Gethin Pearson)

18933846146_2caa4eb71e_z

Another angle on Majerus’ victory (© Nikki & Gethin Pearson)