2019 OVO Energy Women’s Tour Preview

Ahead of the opening stage of the OVO Energy Women’s Tour on Monday (10 June) in Suffolk, four of the race’s previous five champions, Lizzie Deignan, Marianne Vos, Kasia Niewiadoma and Coryn Rivera, spoke at a pre-race media event in Ipswich, looking ahead to the six day race.

The quartet, along with 2015 winner Lisa Brennauer (WNT ROTOR Pro Cycling), feature in a 16-team, 96-rider start list for the sixth edition of the OVO Energy Women’s Tour, which concludes in Carmarthenshire on Saturday 15 June.

[on parcours] “I think like always we’re going to have to be very prepared for the unpredictability of the stages. The only thing we can be sure of is that the first stage is flat and from there on in we have to be prepared for anything because I think those Welsh stages will be really difficult.

“I think our team is really focused on having the opportunity every night on TV to showcase Women’s cycling; we’ll be aggressive and make the racing interesting, and normally that leads to victory.”

[on ambitions] “We’ll be aggressive and make the racing interesting and normally that leads to victories.”

[on her return to racing] “This race was my first idea of when I would return to racing so I’ve come back earlier than expected, and thank goodness because this would be a pretty brutal beginning. I’m going to take a rest after this race, so this is the last block of racing for me before I have a rest.”

[on Stage 2 at the Kent Cyclopark] “I think it’s going to be really painful! It’s been about 15 years since I’ve done a criterium, I might be in trouble. It’s going to be fast, technical and aggressive. There will be lots of accelerations and I think it’ll be a hard stage.”

[on winning the OVO Energy Women’s Tour in 2016] “I think winning overall for me was a huge deal. I’d never won a stage race before – I barely finish stage races normally, so to finish it and win it was very special. I think I probably had some of the strongest legs of my career at the Women’s Tour that year, and to race in front of a British crowd is always incredibly special for me.”

Lizzie Deignan

2016 winner, Trek Segafredo

[on parcours] “This race is always unpredictable so things can happen in every stage and when it’s flat it’s rolling and the weather can play a role as well, the first few can be decisive for the general already.”

[on form] “It’s exciting to be back racing, tomorrow I will feel the first race back again like Kasia [Niewiadoma] said.”

[on team and leadership] “It’s unpredictable and that’s also how we go into this race with an open strategy and see how it turns out and we’ll play that card and it’s better when you have more cards to play especially when it is this hard. Of course a stage victory is always great and we hope to do well in GC.”

Marianne Vos

2014 winner, CCC Liv

[on ambitions] “With my team, we are ready to do our best as everyone and of course it will be great to get some stage victories and GC at the end but it’s always easier said and done.”

[on parcours] “Somehow, I feel even tomorrow will be super difficult, even though it’s flat I know how I won this race was a stupid attack, so maybe tomorrow someone will do it as well.” 

[on solo win] “I do believe there are a lot of riders have the opportunity to win from just a solo attack.”

Kasia Niewiadoma

2017 winner, Canyon SRAM Racing

[on parcours] “Definitely the last two stages in Wales are pretty hard and then an interesting stage two with the circuit is different but will definitely be exciting, quite a bit harder than last year.”

[on form] “I’m confident in my form and also I my team, I think we’re here with a strong squad and we will do our best.”

Coryn Rivera

2018 winner, Team Sunweb

 

OVO Energy Womens Tour Pre Race Press Conference 2019 by Cycling Shorts

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Once more the OVO Energy Women’s Tour offers prize money parity with the men’s Tour of Britain, thanks to award winning independent energy supplier OVO Energy, the title sponsors for a third edition of the race.

Stage One takes place in Suffolk, getting underway from Beccles at 10:30 and featuring a 157.9-kilometre / 98-mile that finishing in Stowmarket, with an expected finish of around 15:00 in the town centre.

Highlights of Stage One will be shown on ITV4 at 20:00 on Monday 10 June with a repeat at 06:25 on Tuesday 11 June on the same channel.  Programmes will be available on demand via the ITV Hub catch up service and via Eurosport in the UK and around the world.

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Interview – Becks Durrell – Lincoln GP Winner & Series Leader

Becks Durrell chats after her win at the Lincoln GP, this win making her the current leader in the Series.

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Tour de Yorkshire Finale Stage 4 Race Report – Halifax to Leeds

Four years on from their win in the inaugural Tour de Yorkshire, newly re-launched Team INEOS made their strength and intentions known with a dominant performance that saw Chris Lawless ride away as 2019 Tour de Yorkshire champion.

The Queen stage of the Tour de Yorkshire, dubbed ‘The Yorkshire Classic’, was built to suit a Spring classics style rider; and there are none better than reigning TDY and Olympic champion Greg Van Avermaet.

However, INEOS’ dominance was shown early on in the race as they controlled it from the off.

Last year’s final stage saw Stephane Rosetto produce one of the most awe-inspiring rides of any professional cycling race ever, riding over 100km in a lone breakaway on his own to take the stage.

This year was very different, challenged by Rawal Readynez and their willingness to get their man, and stage 3 winner, Alexander Kamp to the finish line in Leeds first, the World Tour teams INEOS and CCC realised they had to control the the pace and INEOS’ Ian Stannard producing another gruelling ride to help his team set up for a grandstand finish in Leeds.

A breakaway of nine riders formed early on in the race and opened up a gap of around three minutes. These riders were Pierre Rolland, Jonathan Hivert, Jake Scott, Johnny McEvoy, Joey Walker, Arnaud Courteille, Julien Irizar, Ethan Hayter and Victor Lafay.

The two sprints and five classified climbs would be taken by two riders that had formed this initial breakaway with Jacob Scott taking the first sprint and first climb and Arnaud Courteille claiming everything else on offer to secure himself the King of the Mountains jersey.

The nine-man break was reeled in to leave just three riders, Courteille, Hivert and Lafay, and they held onto a lead of around a minute and half for a while but the way that Team INEOS was starting to control the race, it was thought that they would inevitably attack this race to put their riders in with a chance of the stage and overall win.

This was never more evident than when four-time Tour de France Champion Chris Froome offered a big attack on top of Otley Chevin with just over 20km to go.

Knowing the danger of a move such as this Van Avermaet followed the move before Eddie Dunbar took the reins and launched a vicious attack that caught the leading pair and, despite it seeming like his day was over at Otley Chevin, Chris Lawless rode on with Van Avermaet to set up a sprint finish in which 2018 champion Van Avermaet took the stage but Lawless stayed on to take the overall stage win.

With this fantastic performance, Lawless became the first ever British winner of the Tour de Yorkshire in a race that also saw Yorkshireman Scott Thwaites return to form with an 8th place finish; Yorkshire’s highest placed rider since the race’s inception.

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Stage 4 and Overall Race Results

STAGE RESULT
1.     Greg van Avermaet – CCC (BEL) 
2.     Chris Lawless – INS (GBR) 
3.     Edward Dunbar – INS (IRL)
4.     Tom-Jelte Slagter – TDD (NED)
5.     James Shaw – SCB (GBR)
OVERALL INDIVIDUAL TIME CLASSIFICATION
1.     Chris Lawless – INS (GBR) 15h18’12’’ 00″
2.     Greg van Avermaet – CCC (BEL) 15h18’14” 02″
3.     Edward Dunbar – INS (IRL) 15h18’23” 11″
4.     Alexander Kamp – RIW (DEN) 15h18’27” 15″
5.     James Shaw – SCB (GBR) 15h18’37” 25″

Chris Lawless (Team INEOS)

Yorkshire Bank Bike Libraries GC Jersey

Chris Lawless (Team INEOS)

Asda Points Jersey

Arnaud Corteille (Vital Concept)

LNER King of the Mountains Jersey

Lucas Eriksson (Riwal Readynez)

Dimension Data Most Aggressive

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Interview – Chris Lawless – Winner of the 2019 Tour de Yorkshire

Winner of the 2019 Tour de Yorkshire; Chris Laweless of Team Ineos (formerly Team Sky)talks to the press after his win.

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Greg van Avermaet talks to the media after winning the final stage of the 2019 Tour de Yorkshire narrowly missing out on taking the GC win.

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Finale – ASDA Women’s Tour de Yorkshire 2019 – Race Report

Vos the Boss

 

The world’s best riders put on a show on the final stage of the Asda Tour de Yorkshire Women’s Race today as a rider with a palmares longer than today’s stage won the 2019 race.

Mariana Vos showed the world that she is still an unreal force in women’s cycling with a convincing victory into Scarborough in front of great crowds.

Sign on in Bridlington was greeted by all seasons and at a time when wind, rain and hail hit the stage, Kelly Murphy (Storey Racing), involved in the breakaway in stage one offered some advice for the race: “You can ride through anything, it’s just mind over matter.”

It was a day for attacks and the first came from Canyon-Sram’s Alice Barnes who pulled away with around a 12 second advantage. It wasn’t to hold but did breed more attacks from a number of different riders, including the Queen of the Mountains jersey holder, and Yorkshire native, Lizzy Banks (Bigla).

From an attack, Banks went on to take the sprint points at the Harwood Dale intermediate sprint, ahead of GC leader Lorena Wiebes (Parkhotel Valkenburg) and Marianne Vos (CCC-Liv).

As the race wound its way towards the descent into Robin Hood’s Bay, World Champion and race favourite Anna van der Breggen timed an attack perfectly to break away and flew up the Cote de Hooks House Farm climb too to go level with Lizzy Banks in the QOM classification.

Home favourite, and former race winner, Lizzie Deignan tried to match the attack and went after van der Breggen and a chase group rode on to join her as the peloton began to panic and stretch out as they attempted to reel the world champion in.

A huge effort up the climb at Lythe Bank saw the pursuing group join van der Breggen that saw around 8 riders at the head of the race. Things didn’t calm down here though as Mavi Garcia (Movistar) attacked and gained a 31 second advantage ahead of the penultimate climb of the day, the Cote de Grosmont, where she took all the points.

Garcia also crested the final climb of the day at Ugglebarnby to take pole position in the QOM competition before Vos and Soraya Paladin (Alé Cipollini); 12 seconds ahead of a chasing trio of Hannah Barnes (Canyon-Sram), Amanda Spratt (Mitchelton-Scott) and Christine Majerus (Boels-Dolmans).

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Christine Majerus 2019 Winner of the ASDA Green Sprinters Points Jersey in the Women’s Tour de Yorkshire chats after her win. ©All content Cyclingshorts.cc | chrismaher.co.uk

Marianne is a phenomenal rider and thoroughly deserves this win because she rode it very smartly, so congratulations to her. This has been another fantastic race and the whole women’s peloton is incredibly grateful for the support we have received from the organisers. This is a top-class race and I’m looking forward to returning in September for the World Championships.

Lizzie Deignan

Winner Dimension Data Jersey - Women's Tour de Yorkshire 2019, Team Trek-Segafredo

Interview – Marianne Vos – ASDA WtdY Winner 2019 by Cycling Shorts

Marianne Vos chats after winning the 2019 Women’s Tour de Yorkshire in Scarborough. ©All content CyclingShorts.cc | chrismaher.co.uk

Majerus, know for being a super domestique, seemed to offer a threat to Vos, who decided to push on alone but it wasn’t long until Paladin, who was riding off the front the whole time, reeled her in.

Hannah Barnes looked threatening at this point as she was sitting in the pursuing group exerting little energy as the front group pushed on. The old adage, as ITV4 commentator Ned Boulting remarked, goes ‘look out for those doing the least amount of work’ but it was not a slight, rather a compliment on the smarts of the Canyon-Sram rider.

However, it became evident that the three riders at the front would not be caught and, despite the headwinds causing great distress in the final few kilometres, a sprint ensued and it was CCC-Liv’s Vos who took the stage win and the overall title to be crowned Asda Tour de Yorkshire Women’s Race champion 2019.

Although not a race win for Lizzie Deignan, it was clear that the ride helped with the Otley native’s training for the upcoming world championships and after helping to thin out the field earlier on in the race with a strong attacking performance, the former winner was voted the most active riders sponsored by Dimension Data in a live Twitter poll @letouryorkshire.

I was nervous coming into the final because I didn’t know what power I had left in my legs after such a hard stage but to finish it off was incredible. I’m really happy to win here and the crowds in the last few days have been fantastic. Like us, the spectators have braved some bad weather over the last two days but they have always cheered us on. It’s been a very good race.

Marianne Vos

Winner - Women's Tour de Yorkshire 2019, Team CCC

Stage 2 Results

STAGE RESULT
1.     Marianne Vos – CCC (NED)
2.     Margarita Garcia Canellas – MOV (ESP)
3.     Soraya Paladin – ALE (ITA)
4.     Christine Majerus – DLT (LUX) 01’22”
5.     Amanda Spratt – MTS (AUS)
OVERALL INDIVIDUAL TIME CLASSIFICATION
1.     Marianne Vos – CCC (NED) 7h34’27’’ 00″
2.     Margarita Garcia Canellas – MOV (ESP) 7h34’34’’ 07″
3.     Soraya Paladin – ALE (ITA) 7h34’36’’ 09″
4.     Christine Majerus – DLT (LUX) 7h35’55’’ 01’28”
5.     Amanda Spratt – FDJ (AUS) 7h36’02’’ 01’35”
 

Marianne Vos (CCC-Liv)

Yorkshire Bank Bike Libraries GC Jersey

Christine Majerus (Boels-Dolmans)

Asda Points Jersey

Mavi Garcia (Movistar)

LNER Queen of the Mountains Jersey

Lizzie Deignan (Trek-Segafredo)

Dimension Data Most Active Jersey

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Chris Maher

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Based in the North East of England; photographer Chris Maher specialises in sports photography with his main interests in Cycling and Super Bikes. Chris has covered sports events from local and national level right up to the Olympics for CyclingShorts.cc.
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Anna Magrath

Anna Magrath

Editor & Writer

Anna Magrath founded CyclingShorts.cc in 2008 and invited some of her cycling friends; coaches, photographers, writers and pro cyclists of different disciplines to join her, bringing you all things cycling related.

Over the years Anna has supported grass roots cycling events, riders and teams. Anna has a particular interest in Track, Road, womens cycling, recreational cycling and cycling related art. She has reported from the top cycle races on the world calendar including the Tour de France, Olympics, World Cups & World Championships.

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