Coryn Rivera 3rd at Women’s Tour opener

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Lucinda Brand Leah Kirchmann Floortje Mackaij Coryn Rivera Julia Soek Ellen van Dijk

Team Sunweb’s Coryn Rivera takes 3rd at the OVO Energy Women’s Tour stage 1 and now sits 2nd in the general classification.

The OVO Energy Women’s Tour got underway today with a sprint stage between Framlingham and Southwold. From start to finish, the action was hotly contested at the front of the peloton, with groups trying their luck on the attack throughout the day but none able to go clear.

Team Sunweb’s Coryn Rivera mopped up points through the day taking 1st and 3rd at the two sprint classification points before shifting attention to the sprint finish. Heading towards the final one rider managed to open up a gap that wasn’t immediately shut down, but with various teams interested in a bunch sprint, the move didn’t last. In the final kilometres Team Sunweb lost Floortje Mackaij in the lead out to a crash, but continued to bring Coryn Rivera into position for the sprint. She finished the day in 3rd place and is now 2nd in the general classification.

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Coryn Rivera said: “Today was decent start at the OVO Energy Women’s Tour! The team did great getting me in position to get some bonus seconds and we won the first intermediate sprint and got 3rd in the second one. In a crazy hectic final, Floortje unfortunately crashed but luckily she is okay and finishes with some small road rash. Julia did a great job shepherding me into the final kilometres and it was Lucinda who really saved the day and got me into position with one kilometre to go. If it wasn’t for her help I wouldn’t have been able to go for the podium. In the end we placed ourselves well in the final corner – the challenging headwind and slight uphill finish was heavy. I’m thankful that I could finish 3rd after a crazy last few kilometres. Of course we are a little disappointed to not get the win, but there are still four days left and today we walk away with a podium and some extra seconds.”

Team Sunweb coach Hans Timmermans said: “It was a good start for us at the Women’s Tour today. We took seconds at the intermediate sprints with Coryn and then a podium at the final. We can take some points of improvement for our execution of our lead outs but today was still a good show for the team. After crashing heading into the final Floortje seems to be ok bar some skin loss.”