Race report

Coryn Rivera takes intermediate sprints jersey at Women’s Tour

OVO Energy Women's Tour

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.

“It was a long and wet day out on the road today, with some ups and some downs,” explained Rivera. “We had great lead outs for the intermediate sprints and I was able to win the first two. Unfortunately, we had a couple of the girls crash but thankfully they are fine. It was a hectic local circuit and we had trouble finding each other and getting organised which ultimately put me out of contention for the final sprint. It’s good that everyone is okay and I’m happy to be leading the sprints classification. We’re all looking forward to the coming days of racing here in the UK.”

Team Sunweb coach Hans Timmermans added: “It was a very cold and wet stage for the riders today. I think everything went well for us until the finish. We won two of the intermediate sprints and took the bonus seconds but more importantly we got to practise our lead outs. In the finale the riders lost each other in the technical finish and we couldn’t sprint for a result. We’re obviously disappointed with that but we can take the positives from how we rode as a team before then; winning two intermediate sprints and taking control of the bunch to bring things back together. We will try again tomorrow for a top result.”

Results

Pos. Rider Team Time Points
1 D'HOORE Jolien Boels - Dolmans Cycling Team 4:09:12 25
2 PIETERS Amy Boels - Dolmans Cycling Team ,, 20
3 BRENNAUER Lisa WNT-Rotor Pro Cycling ,, 18