Race report

Coryn Rivera up to 2nd on GC after chaotic stage at Women’s Tour

OVO Energy Women's Tour

With two flat stages behind them, the peloton would head towards the hills for a more rolling day in the saddle. Featuring a few short rises near the finish that could act as launchpads for an attack by those looking to thwart the sprinters, the main talking point from the stage would be a large crash in the bunch that took down several riders.

Coryn Rivera would continue on from where she left off in the opening two stages, picking up a second place at the first intermediate sprint of the day, extending her lead in that competition. As the riders approached the 80 kilometre to go mark and with a lone leader ahead, there was a big crash in the peloton before the second intermediate sprint. Leah Kirchmann, Liane Lippert, Susanne Andersen and Floortje Mackaij were caught up in the incident for the team but all the riders were able to get back on their bikes okay and finish the stage.

In the finale the team was too far back going around a tight bend with 500 metres to go and were out of position to compete for the stage win come the end of the day. Rivera was first home for the team, finishing just outside of the top ten. As a result of picking up more points and bonus seconds in the intermediate sprint, Rivera extends her lead in that competition and moves up to second place overall.

Tomorrow sees the peloton take on a tricky route with a hill-top finish at Burton Dassett.

“Unfortunately it was a really hectic day of racing for us, with four out of the six riders on the team involved in the big crash,” explained Rivera. “Somehow Julia and I managed to stay upright. Compared to some of the other riders at the race, we’re lucky that our girls who did crash were able to get back on the bike and finish the stage in a good way. On a more positive note, we picked up some more bonus seconds and points at the intermediate sprint; meaning we retained the jersey for another day and are slowly creeping up the GC.”

Team Sunweb coach Hans Timmermans added: “There were two big crashes today and in the first one we were involved with four riders, with only Julia and Coryn not involved. It was a very unlucky situation for us. Thankfully, the riders were all okay to get back on the bike and finish the stage. We “won” the intermediate sprint from the peloton so Coryn took more points and bonus seconds, moving up to second place overall, which is good. In the finale though we were out of position coming into a tight turn and were never really near the front after that to compete for a top result.”

Results

Pos. Rider Team Time Points
1 D'HOORE Jolien Boels - Dolmans Cycling Team 3:46:04 25
2 BRENNAUER Lisa WNT-Rotor Pro Cycling ,, 20
3 VOLLERING Demi Parkhotel Valkenburg ,, 18