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We’ve had five days of thrilling, action packed racing in the 2016 Aviva Women’s Tour. It was a wonderful celebration of the sport with five fantastic stage winners and a hometown rider taking the yellow leader’s jersey.
“What a fantastic team performance it’s been,” Armitstead said of her Women’s Tour victory. Armitstead admitted to some nerves in the final stage of the race, as the break had a four minute advantage at one point, but her team reassured her everything was under control. “They kept a cool head and Chantal [Blaak] said ‘We can close that gap if we want to’.”
“Being a British athlete, I feel so lucky to be a part of a country that loves cycling at the moment and I hope that that bubble continues. My teammates say ‘Lizzie, why is it so popular here?’ and I don’t really know the answer, but events like this certainly help keep the ball rolling.”
Not able to contest the Women’s Tour victory in 2015 due to her crash in stage 1, she was really happy to be able to take the win this year. “This time last year I was in bed watching it,” Armitstead contemplated on the team website. “It’s nice to put bad memories to bed. It’s been a really good and valuable experience all week. The biggest thing I’ve taken away from it is how strong of a team we are, how much of a unit we are. If we put our minds to it, we really can achieve results with anyone on the team, and I’m very proud of everybody for that.”
If you, like us, feel a little sad this wonderful stage race is over now, feast your eyes on videos and photos of round ten in the Women’s WorldTour.
Be sure to scroll right on to the bottom for an overview of the Aviva Women’s Tour results and the Women’s WorldTour standings, plus a ‘bonus’ video.
Stage 1 highlights
Stage 2 highlights
Stage 3 highlights
Stage 4 highlights
Stage 5 highlights
The 2016 Women’s Tour
1. Lizzie Armitstead (Boels-Dolmans) 16:00:39
2. Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (Cervélo-Bigla) + 0:11
3. Elisa Longo Borghini (Wiggle-High5) + 0:13
4. Marianne Vos (Rabo-Liv) + 0:18
5. Amanda Spratt (Orica-AIS) + 0:20
Stoke-on-Trent young rider jersey
Floortje Mackaij (Liv-Plantur)
Chain Reactions Cycles points jersey
Marianne Vos (Rabo-Liv)
Strava QOM jersey
Katie Hall (United Healthcare)
Adnams best British rider
Lizzie Armitstead (Boels-Dolmans)
Overall combativity winner
Emilia Fahlin (Ale Cipollini)
As this was round ten in the Women’s WorldTour, here are the updated standings, with Boels-Dolmans still dominating the individual and team classifications.
The Women’s WorldTour standings after the Aviva Women’s Tour
1. Megan Guarnier (Boels-Dolmans) – 624 points
2. Lizzie Armistead (Boels-Dolmans) – 537 points
3. Emma Johansson (Wiggle-High5) – 463 points
Young rider classification
1. Kasia Niewiadoma (Rabo-Liv) – 24 points
2. Floortje Mackaij (Liv-Plantur) – 18 points
3. Jip van den Bos (Parkhotel Valkenburg) – 10 points
1. Boels-Dolmans – 2022 points
2. Wiggle-High5 – 1397 points
3. Rabo-Liv – 1031 points
Another home rider this 2016 Aviva Women’s Tour was Hannah Barnes (Canyon-SRAM), best young rider and best British rider in the 2015 edition of this race.
Barnes broke her ankle in August last year, which meant she was out for almost five months. This year, her aim was therefore to support her team, further improve her form and to see how far she could come in both classifications.
Eventually, she finished sixth in the young rider classification and sixth British rider in the GC, one spot behind younger sister Alice Barnes (Drops Cycling).
Here she is talking about her recovery and goals she had for the 2016 Aviva Women’s Tour in a pre-race interview with Wahoo.
The Women’s WorldTour continues with the Giro Rosa, which runs from July 1-10.