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.

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.

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.

Katarzyna Niewadoma

Winner Stage 1 - OVO Energy Women's Tour, WM3 Pro Cycling

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.

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, 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.

Alice Barnes

 

Interview – Alice Barnes OVO Energy Women’s Tour Stage 1 by Cycling Shorts

Alice Barnes of Drops Cycling chats to the media after riding in to the Best British Rider Jersey on stage 1 of the OVO Energy Women’s Tour in Kettering. Image ©www.chrismaher.co.uk | CyclingShorts.cc

 

 

Interview – Katarzyna Niewadoma OVO Women’s Tour Stage 1 Winner by Cycling Shorts

Katarzyna Niewadoma talks to the collected media after taking the win on stage 1 of the OVO Women’s Tour in Kettering. Image ©www.chrismaher.co.uk | www.CyclingShorts.cc

 

Highlights of the opening stage of the OVO Energy Women’s Tour are on ITV4 at 23:00 on Wednesday 7 June, with a repeat at 09:55 the following morning on the same channel.  The highlights will also be available on demand via the ITV Hub catch-up service.

Stage Two starts and finishes in the city of Stoke-on-Trent, taking in Stone, Stafford, Uttoxeter, Cheadle and Leek, plus two Category One SKODA Queen of the Mountains climbs at Ipstones and Gun Hill.

The race begins in the city centre at 11:00 and is due to finish outside Hanley Town Hall at around 15:00.

One week after the OVO Energy Women’s Tour, amateur cyclists will have the chance to ride sections of the Northamptonshire route in the Tour Ride, the official sportive of the race on Sunday 18 June.  Riders can take part in 40 or 80-mile routes, starting and finishing at Delapre Abbey in Northamptonshire, or tackle a fun, 10-mile Family Ride.  For more details visit www.tourride.co.uk

1 34 NIEWIADOMA Katarzyna WM3 POL B:10″ 00″

2 31 VOS Marianne WM3 NED B:06″ 01’42”

3 4 MAJERUS Christine DLT LUX B:04″ ‘ ‘

4 22 BRONZINI Giorgia WHT ITA ‘ ‘

5 75 CROMWELL Tiffany LPR AUS ‘ ‘

6 151 SIGGAARD Christina TVW DEN ‘ ‘

7 81 *BARNES Alice DRP GBR ‘ ‘

8 11 MOOLMAN-PASIO Ashleigh CBT RSA ‘ ‘

9 143 CONFALONIERI Maria Giulia LWK ITA ‘ ‘

10 114 FOURNIER Roxane FDJ FRA ‘ ‘

11 104 MOBERG Emilie HPU NOR ‘ ‘

12 161 ARCHIBALD Katie WNT GBR ‘ ‘

13 52 KIRCHMANN Leah SUN CAN ‘ ‘

14 73 BARNES Hannah LPR GBR ‘ ‘

15 13 *LUDWIG Cecilie Uttrup CBT DEN ‘ ‘

16 61 HOSKING Chloe ALE AUS ‘ ‘

17 55 VAN DIJK Ellen SUN NED ‘ ‘

18 82 DURRELL Rebecca DRP GBR ‘ ‘

19 46 ROY Sarah ORS AUS 01’49”

20 91 KING Danielle CPC GBR ‘ ‘

21 112 BIANNIC Aude FDJ FRA 01’50”

22 63 ENSING Janneke ALE NED ‘ ‘

23 165 ROE Eileen WNT GBR ‘ ‘

24 53 *MACKAIJ Floortje SUN NED ‘ ‘

25 5 PIETERS Amy DLT NED B:02″ ‘ ‘

26 51 BRAND Lucinda SUN NED ‘ ‘

27 21 LONGO BORGHINI Elisa WHT ITA ‘ ‘

28 101 FRAPPORTI Simona HPU ITA ‘ ‘

29 105 HEINE Vita HPU NOR ‘ ‘

30 111 GILLOW Shara FDJ AUS ‘ ‘

31 155 PENTON Sara TVW SWE ‘ ‘

32 14 *KLEIN Lisa CBT GER B:05″ ‘ ‘

33 113 DUVAL Eugénie FDJ FRA ‘ ‘

34 142 ARZUFFI Alice LWK ITA ‘ ‘

35 133 DE VUYST Sofie LWD BEL ‘ ‘

36 6 VAN DER BREGGEN Anna DLT NED ‘ ‘

37 33 KOSTER Anouska WM3 NED ‘ ‘

38 32 KITCHEN Lauren WM3 AUS ‘ ‘

39 1 DEIGNAN Elizabeth DLT GBR ‘ ‘

40 23 CORDON RAGOT Audrey WHT FRA ‘ ‘

41 24 D’HOORE Jolien WHT BEL B:05″ ‘ ‘

42 106 AALERUD Katrine HPU NOR ‘ ‘

43 72 AMIALIUSIK Alena LPR BLR ‘ ‘

44 123 SANGUINETI Ilaria BPK ITA ‘ ‘

45 36 *KOREVAAR Jeanne WM3 NED ‘ ‘

46 166 GRINCZER Natalie WNT GBR ‘ ‘

47 93 JASINSKA Malgorzata CPC POL ‘ ‘

48 71 BRENNAUER Lisa LPR GER ‘ ‘

49 2 BLAAK Chantal DLT NED ‘ ‘

50 74 CECCHINI Elena LPR ITA ‘ ‘

51 122 JACKSON Alison BPK CAN ‘ ‘

52 64 KASPER Romy ALE GER 01’59”

53 66 TREVISI Anna ALE ITA ‘ ‘

54 94 RATTO Rossella CPC ITA ‘ ‘

55 86 PAYTON Hannah DRP GBR ‘ ‘

56 15 *KOPPENBURG Clara CBT GER ‘ ‘

57 76 WORRACK Trixi LPR GER ‘ ‘

58 35 PLICHTA Anna WM3 POL ‘ ‘

59 12 PERCHTOLD Christina CBT AUT ‘ ‘

60 84 RITTER Martina DRP AUT ‘ ‘

61 83 *PARKINSON Abby-Mae DRP GBR ‘ ‘

62 141 GUDERZO Tatiana LWK ITA ‘ ‘

63 116 YONAMINE Eri FDJ JPN ‘ ‘

64 44 *MANLY Alexandra ORS AUS 02’05”

65 124 *SPEROTTO Maria Vittoria BPK ITA 02’06”

66 41 ELVIN Gracie ORS AUS ‘ ‘

67 3 BRAMMEIER Nikki DLT GBR ‘ ‘

68 16 POHL Stephanie CBT GER 02’11”

69 136 RIJKES Sarah LWD AUT 02’14”

70 115 KNETEMANN Roxanne FDJ NED ‘ ‘

71 26 LICHTENBERG Claudia WHT GER 02’21”

72 102 THORSEN Thea HPU NOR 02’23”

73 152 BLOCH Shani TVW ISR ‘ ‘

74 135 REIS Daniela LWD POR ‘ ‘

75 103 BJØRNSRUD Miriam HPU NOR ‘ ‘

76 56 SLIK Rozanne SUN NED ‘ ‘

77 54 STULTIENS Sabrina SUN NED ‘ ‘

78 45 NEYLAN Rachel ORS AUS ‘ ‘

79 42 CROOKS Jenelle ORS AUS ‘ ‘

80 62 BASTIANELLI Marta ALE ITA 02’33”

81 164 MAES Elise WNT LUX ‘ ‘

82 92 GUTIERREZ RUIZ Sheyla CPC ESP 02’36”

83 144 CUCINOTTA Annalisa LWK ITA 03’05”

84 85 SIMPSON Annabel DRP GBR 04’57”

85 134 INGELBRECHT Sarah LWD BEL 08’00”

86 162 BOYLAN Lydia WNT IRL 08’07”

87 126 *PATTARO Francesca BPK ITA 15’50”

88 121 VALSECCHI Silvia BPK ITA 19’15”

89 163 *JONES Hayley WNT GBR 21’10”

90 25 FAHLIN Emilia WHT SWE ‘ ‘

91 65 TUSLAITE Daiva ALE LTU ‘ ‘

92 95 KNOL Willeke CPC NED ‘ ‘

93 145 SPOOR Winanda LWK NED 23’18”

 

Did not finish

43 BAKER Georgia ORS AUS

96 DOEBEL-HICKOK Kristabel CPC USA

125 *RAGUSA Katia BPK ITA

132 *COBB Alice LWD GBR

153 SCHWEIZER Doris TVW SUI

154 PEDERSEN Camilla TVW DEN

 

1 34 NIEWIADOMA Katarzyna POL WM3 15

2 31 VOS Marianne NED WM3 12

3 4 MAJERUS Christine LUX DLT 9

4 22 BRONZINI Giorgia ITA WHT 7

5 75 CROMWELL Tiffany AUS LPR 6

6 151 SIGGAARD Christina DEN TVW 5

7 81 BARNES Alice GBR DRP 4

8 11 MOOLMAN-PASIO Ashleigh RSA CBT 3

9 143 CONFALONIERI Maria Giulia ITA LWK 2

10 114 FOURNIER Roxane FRA FDJ 1

Haselbech – km 24.8

1 23 CORDON RAGOT Audrey FRA WHT 4

2 34 NIEWIADOMA Katarzyna POL WM3 3

3 111 GILLOW Shara AUS FDJ 2

4 6 VAN DER BREGGEN Anna NED DLT 1

 

Rockingham Hill – km 73.9

1 23 CORDON RAGOT Audrey FRA WHT 6

2 96 DOEBEL-HICKOK Kristabel USA CPC 5

3 21 LONGO BORGHINI Elisa ITA WHT 4

4 55 VAN DIJK Ellen NED SUN 3

5 34 NIEWIADOMA Katarzyna POL WM3 2

6 5 PIETERS Amy NED DLT 1

1 23 CORDON RAGOT Audrey FRA WHT 10

2 34 NIEWIADOMA Katarzyna POL WM3 5

3 21 LONGO BORGHINI Elisa ITA WHT 4

4 55 VAN DIJK Ellen NED SUN 3

5 111 GILLOW Shara AUS FDJ 2

6 5 PIETERS Amy NED DLT 1

7 6 VAN DER BREGGEN Anna NED DLT 1

Desborough – km 55.2

1 14 KLEIN Lisa GER CBT 3

2 24 D’HOORE Jolien BEL WHT 2

3 5 PIETERS Amy NED DLT 1

 

Oundle – km 97

1 24 D’HOORE Jolien BEL WHT 3

2 14 KLEIN Lisa GER CBT 2

3 5 PIETERS Amy NED DLT 1

1 14 KLEIN Lisa GER CBT 5

2 24 D’HOORE Jolien BEL WHT 5

3 5 PIETERS Amy NED DLT 2

1 Wm3 Pro Cycling Team 11h38’29” 00″

34 / 31 / 33

2 Team Sunweb 11h40’11” 01’42”

52 / 55 / 53

3 Cervelo – Bigla Pro Cycling Team 11h40’11” ‘ ‘

11 / 13 / 14

4 Canyon Sram Racing 11h40’11” ‘ ‘

75 / 73 / 72

5 Fdj Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope 11h40’19” 01’50”

114 / 112 / 111

6 Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam 11h40’19” ‘ ‘

4 / 5 / 6

7 Hitec Products 11h40’19” ‘ ‘

104 / 101 / 105

8 Wiggle High5 11h40’19” ‘ ‘

22 / 21 / 23

9 Team Wnt Pro Cycling 11h40’19” ‘ ‘

161 / 165 / 166

10 Drops 11h40’20” 01’51”

81 / 82 / 86

11 Ale Cipollini 11h40’28” 01’59”

61 / 63 / 64

12 Lensworld – Kuota 11h40’28” ‘ ‘

143 / 142 / 141

13 Cylance Pro Cycling 11h40’35” 02’06”

91 / 93 / 94

14 Bepink Cogeas 11h40’43” 02’14”

123 / 122 / 124

15 Team Veloconcept Women 11h40’52” 02’23”

151 / 155 / 152

16 Orica Scott 11h40’57” 02’28”

46 / 44 / 41

17 Lares – Waowdeals Women Cycling Team 11h41’24” 02’55”

1 81 BARNES Alice DRP GBR 00″

2 161 ARCHIBALD Katie WNT GBR ‘ ‘

3 73 BARNES Hannah LPR GBR ‘ ‘

4 82 DURRELL Rebecca DRP GBR ‘ ‘

5 91 KING Danielle CPC GBR 07″

6 165 ROE Eileen WNT GBR 08″

7 1 DEIGNAN Elizabeth DLT GBR ‘ ‘

8 166 GRINCZER Natalie WNT GBR ‘ ‘

9 86 PAYTON Hannah DRP GBR 17″

10 83 PARKINSON Abby-Mae DRP GBR ‘ ‘

11 3 BRAMMEIER Nikki DLT GBR 24″

12 85 SIMPSON Annabel DRP GBR 03’15”

13 163 JONES Hayley WNT GBR 19’28”

 

Abandon

132 COBB Alice LWD GBR

 

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