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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.
“I was so well protected by my team-mated that I couldn’t not win! We had a close look at the finish in advance and that last chicane suited me because I am pretty good at cornering. When I got through the corner and saw the gap I realised this might be my day so I just went for it.”
Post Stage 3 of the Aviva Women’s Tour 2015 Christine Majerus of Boels Dolmans talks to the press about her stage win and taking the yellow jersey.
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.
Highlights of Stage Three are on ITV4 at 8pm on Friday 19 June, with a repeat at 11.10am on Saturday morning and also available via the the ITV Player for 30 days.
Stage 3 Results
GC after Stage 3
U23: Lucy Garner
Best British: Lucy Garner
Points: Lisa Brennauer
Queen of the Mountains: Melissa Hoskins
Team: Velocio SRAM
For full Stage Three Results click here.
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The Aviva Women’s Tour resumes with Stage Four from Waltham Cross to Stevenage in Hertfordshire at just over 103-kilometres, getting underway from Waltham Cross at 10am.
Saturday’s Stage Four, a 103.4km run between Waltham Cross and Stevenage has the look of another sprint but with the overall general classification race for the Aviva Yellow Jersey so close and bonus second up for grabs every second counts. Majerus is just three second ahead of Jolien D’hoore with Lisa Brennauer just one second further back in third place. Indeed the 20th place rider on GC, Majerus’ Boels Dolmans teammate Amelie Dideriksen, is still only 20 seconds behind the leader.