Stage 3 was the longest yet, and with a much more rolling terrain it was never going to be an easy task to keep hold of the Best British jersey but that was certainly the initial aim of the day.
The race rolled out and for the first 10km’s you could have been forgiven for thinking the neutral flag hadn’t gone it. But that was only a brief relief and the next 10km’s were certainly fast. After the first sprint point, with Hannah Barnes taking some valuable bonus seconds, the jersey was gone, but there was no time to consider it, as riders were using the sprint to try to get away.
After a few more KM’s the race settled and it wasn’t until later in the stage a break would get away. Heather Fischer and Chloe McConviller were joined by Sharon Laws and the breakaway trio took a big gap, but a huge chase back from Wiggle brought the race back together before the finish.
A crash for Laura at 15km from the finish was a brief moment of panic, but with all of the team waiting for her to bring it back, everything turned out fine. Luxembourg national champion Christine Majerus sprinted to the win and took the Yellow Jersey.
|1||Christine Majerus (Lux) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team||3:43:05|
|2||Barbara Guarischi (Ita) Velocio – SRAM||0:00:02|
|3||Lucy Garner (GBr) Team Liv-Plantur|
|4||Hannah Barnes (GBr) Unitedhealthcare Professional Cycling Team|
|5||Emma Johansson (Swe) Orica – Ais|
|6||Lisa Brennauer (Ger) Velocio – SRAM|
|7||Jolien D’Hoore (Bel) Wiggle Honda|
|8||Trixi Worrack (Ger) Velocio – SRAM||0:00:05|
|9||Amalie Dideriksen (Den) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team|
|10||Simona Frapporti (Ita) Ale Cipollini|