The Women’s Tour – London

OVO Energy Women’s Tour – Stage 5: London – 11 June 2017. The best female cyclists in the World hit the UK for 5 days / 5 stages in what must be the Flagship event of The UCI Women’s World Tour. Pretty Awesome.

The OVO Energy Women’s Tour is a part of the UCI Women’s WorldTour and organised and promoted by SweetSpot, the company behind the current organisation of the men’s Tour of Britain since 2004.

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Photos by Me – Map from The Women’s Tour Race Manual


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“At the National Launch of the Tour of Britain in March 2013 SweetSpot first announced their intentions to create a standalone stage race for the world’s top female cyclists, in Britain – the first event of its kind. Then at the final stage of the 2013 Tour of Britain in central London a women’s race was held, won by Hannah Barnes, previewing moves that the Tour de France and Vuelta a Espana would announce some months later”

(ASO/Tour de France have just extended La Course, the women’s Tour de France race, to 2 days for 2017 after adding a Time Trial in Marseille in addition to the mountain stage on Col du Izoard)

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The Stage 5 route around The West End


The sign on and some of the teams

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Team WM3 including Anouska Koster, Dutch National Champion (second from left) and the race leader going into stage 5 Katarzyna Niewiadoma (second from right)

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Team Lares – including Portuguese National Champion Daniela Ries

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Australian outfit Orica Scott – Sarah Roy (centre) won stage 4

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Three from Wiggle High5: Emilia Fahlin, Jolien D’hoore (holder of the Sprint jersey after 4 stages and winner of Stage 5) and Claudia Lichtenberg

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Boels-Dolmans – Anna van der Breggen (wearing the UCI Women’s World Tour Leader Jersey after Stage 4) and Chantal Blaak; and (below) Amy Pieters and Lizzy D

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Alison Jackson and Silvia Valsecchi of BePink Cogeas

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HITEC – including Vita Heine – Norwegian National Road Champion (right)

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Pre-Race

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Christina Siggaard (above)

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Emilia Fahlin

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Alice Barnes – Drops (centre) and Hannah Payton (below)

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Lizzy Diegnan

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Giorgia Bronzini – Wiggle High5

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Emilie Moberg


The Women’s Tour – Stage 5 – The Race – 62km

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The final run in to the sprint for the finish line


Podium and Final Standings

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Stage 5 Winner: Jolien d’Hoore (BEL) of Wiggle High5

General Classification Final Standings:

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Tour Winner (centre) Katarzyna Niewiadoma (POL) of team WM3, Second (left) Christine Majerus (LUX) of Boels and Third, Hannah Barnes (GBR) of Canyon-Sram

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Katarzyna Niewiadoma also moves into the UCI Women’s Tour leader jersey, taking it from Anna van der Breegan

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Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig (DEN) of Cervelo, leading  the Women’s WorldTour youth classification

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Team Sunweb won best team, Audrey Cordon won Queen of The Mountains and Christine Majerus won the Sprints and Points jersey (as well as coming second overall)

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K James – 12 June 2017 – The Women’s Tour London

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