The opening stage of the OVO Energy Women’s Tour saw the peloton take on 157 kilometres from Beccles to Stowmarket. With overcast and really wet conditions, plus a long day ahead of them, the peloton took a more tentative approach with only a few small unsuccessful attacks in the opening few kilometres of racing. From there, the teams marked each other out and the race was still all together through the first intermediate sprint point with 60 kilometres of the day remaining.
Coryn Rivera would deliver a good turn of speed to take first place at the opening intermediate sprint, with Susanne Andersen also showing her abilities to take third; with both taking points and important bonus seconds. The duo also rode well through the next sprint point, finishing first and second respectively.
The upping of pace through the sprint points caused more attacks in the peloton. Yet, no group was able to escape as the bunch approached the final 25 kilometres of the race. One solo rider managed to get clear in the closing 15 kilometres and kept the sprint teams honest, but she was caught within the final 4 kilometres of the day. In the finale, it was technical with the wet roads and once the sprint opened up Rivera was a little out of position and finished the day outside the top ten, with Andersen just ahead of her.
After her performance throughout the stage in the intermediate sprints, Rivera leads that classification and sits sixth overall ahead of tomorrow’s second stage.