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Joseph Delves
14 Jun 2017

Jolien D'hoore wins final London stage, while Katarzyna Niewiadoma leads to the end at the OVO Energy Women’s Tour

All photos: Jack Chevell

Wiggle-High5's Jolien D'Hoore won the final stage of the OVO Energy Women’s Tour, while Polish nation champion Katarzyna Niewiadoma (WM3 Cycling) held onto her green jersey as leader of the overall race.

Barring an accident, the profile of the flat circuit stage made her win all but a formality. Niewiadoma finished with the bunch and so took the overall.

Even without the final outcome being in much doubt the last stage still provided plenty of aggressive racing, with riders trying to make stick their moves throughout.

Still, coming into the final straight after 62 kilometres of racing around the capital, most of the sprint riders managed to get to to the front of the race, with home favorite Hannah Barnes of Canyon-SRAM just missing out on the win.

It was a frustrating second second place for the rider who had also earlier been pipped to the win on Stage 2.

With different groups of riders launching attacks the majority of the 14 laps that made up the final circuit stage were run off at maximum pace as the peloton attempted to bring in the breaks.

Without a rider up the road, towards the climax Wiggle-High5 were left to do much of the work. They timed it well to set up D'hoore, catching the break with three laps left and ensuring the race came down to a bunch sprint.

‘Every time it’s a bunch sprint there’s pressure on me,’ explained D'Hoore.

‘I had to deal with it. I think I can handle the expectation pretty well. The hammer went down from the start. We weren’t there in the move as a team so we had to chase it down.

'The girls did a lot of work, everybody was on their limit. Luckily we closed it down and it was up to me in the sprint.’

The eventual overall winner Niewiadoma came into the final stage with almost a minute and a half over second place Christine Majerus of Boels-Dolmans.

Niewiadoma accumulated most of her advantage with a long solo break in the opening stage, and went on to hold the lead for the duration.

Earlier on Stage 3 a collarbone breaking crash had put paid her teammate Marianne Vos’s race, although Niewiadoma never appeared under serious pressure despite the lack of support.

‘It’s been a really hard week,’ said Barnes of her third place overall finish.

‘Unfortunately we lost Ale [Alena Amialiusik] to a really bad crash on Stage 3 so we only had five riders and the stage was really hard, but it came back together, which helped us.

'I knew I pretty much had to win both intermediate sprints and place well in the sprint to finish on the podium today and I managed to do that.’

Women's Tour 2017: Final General Classification

1. Kasia Niewiadoma (Pol) WM3 Enegie, in 16-34-53
2. Christine Majerus (Lux) Boels-Dolmans at 1-18
3. Hannah Barnes (GBr) Canyon-SRAM at 1-30
4. Leah Kirchmann (Can) Sunweb at 1-36
5. Ellen van Dijk (Ned) Sunweb at 1-39
6. Alice Barnes (GBr) Drops at 1-47
7. Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (RSA) Cervélo-Bigla at 1-53
8. Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig (Den) Cervélo-Bigla at 1-59
9. Dani King (GBr) Cylance at 2-00
10. Elisa Longo-Borghini (Ita) Wiggle-High5 at 2-01

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