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Tour de Yorkshire 2018: Kirsten Wild sprints to victory on Stage 1

Joe Robinson
3 May 2018

Wild takes the first stage of the women's Tour de Yorkshire ahead of Dideriksen and Alice Barnes

Kirsten Wild (Wiggle-High5) sprinted to victory on Stage 1 of the Tour de Yorkshire into Doncaster, proving why she was favourite for the day's race. The Dutchwoman won comfortably ahead of the rest with Amalie Dideriksen (Boels-Dolmans) finishing second and Alice Barnes (Canyon-SRAM) clinching third on the stage.

The day's break consisted of Anna Christian (Trek-Drops) and Natalie van Gogh (Parkhotel-Valkenburg) who managed to hold off the chasers for the majority of the day. They were eventually caught inside the last 16km.

What happened where?

The first stage of the women's Tour de Yorkshire took on a 132.5km flat course from Beverley to Doncaster. It was largely expected before the race that the day would be decided in a bunch sprint.

A few took the chance to establish a breakaway early in the stage but eventually only two managed to escape the grasps of the peloton, Christian and Van Gogh.

The two riders worked well throughout the day, building and holding a lead of over one minute for most of the stage. 

Behind Boels-Dolmans and Team GB did the lion's share of the chasing to bring it all back together for a sprint finish. 

Along the way, Van Gogh took the Howden Sprint ahead of Christian. Behind Dani Rowe (Team GB) clinched third place helping to take four bonus seconds, something that could prove vital come tomorrow's final stage.

As the peloton upped the pace, Wiggle-High5 joined the party sending Eri Yonamine to the front to assist the Boels-Dolmas team. 

With this in mind with 22km remaining, Van Gogh pushed on from breakaway partner Christian, forcing a solo lead ahead of the chasers.

Meanwhile the gap had been reduced to under one minute.

Van Gogh then began to fade alone and was eventually reeled in by Christian first and then the peloton second with 16km remaining. 

With 14km to go, World Champion Chantal Blaak began to set the pace for her Boels-Dolmans team shutting down some half-hearted attacks from the pack.

Canyon-SRAM then also joined the party towards the front with the Barnes sisters.

The peloton began to look at one another as they got closer to the finish with the group more than 10 abreast at times.