Starting in Oundle, Luxembourg national champion Christine Majerus sprinted to victory in Kettering on Friday afternoon to take the lead of the Aviva Women’s Tour heading into the weekend’s final two stages.
The Boels Dolmans rider rounded the final corner atop a stiff drag up to the finish line at the head of a peloton, heading home Barbara Guarischi and young British duo Lucy Garner and Hannah Barnes.
Majerus’ two second advantage on the Northamptonshire finish line moved her into the Aviva Yellow Jersey, four seconds ahead of overnight leader Lisa Brennauer.
Garner’s strong ride also saw her head up the SweetSpot Best Young Riders competition and take the Premier Inn jersey for the top placed British rider thanks to her sixth place overall.
Lisa Brennauer held on to the Chain Reaction Cycles Points Jersey, having finished in the top six on every stage, while Melissa Hoskins keeps the lead, by four points over Elise Delzenne, in the Strava Queen of the Mountains classification.
Bigla Pro Cycling’s Sharon Laws won the YodelDirect Combativity Award for an attacking display that saw her only caught by the peloton on the outskirts of Kettering. Last year’s Strava Queen of the Mountains had bridged across to a two-rider break of Heather Fischer and Chloe McConville, but the trio’s lead was finally snuffed out with three kilometres to go.
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