Women's Tour: Marianne Vos takes lead with sprint victory on stage three in Clacton
Last Updated: 10/05/14 9:18am
World and Olympic champion Marianne Vos moved into the lead of the Women’s Tour after winning stage three in Clacton-on-Sea.
The Rabo-Liv rider sprinter to victory ahead of Emma Johansson (Orica-AIS) in second and Giorgia Bronzini (Wiggle Honda) in third.
Lizzie Armitstead (Boels-Dolmans) crossed the line in fourth place, while Lucy Garner (Giant-Shimano) made it two Britons in the top 10 by finishing eighth.
With bonus seconds taken into account, Vos moves to the top of the general classification and has an eight-second lead over Johansson, with previous leader Rossella Ratto (Estadio de Mexico-Faren Kuota) a further second back in third.
Armitstead is now fifth, 18 seconds down on Vos, while fellow Briton Hannah Barnes (UnitedHealthcare) is a further six seconds adrift in seventh. Sky Academy Sports Scholar Garner is 28 seconds off the lead in tenth.
But there was bad news for Olympic track champion Laura Trott, who was injured in a crash in the early kilometres of the stage and came home more than 12 minutes behind Vos.
Trott was treated in hospital for a suspected concussion and an elbow injury but she later insisted she was fine and plans to start Saturday's fourth stage, which begins in her home town Cheshunt.
She tweeted: "Hit the deck today. Pretty dam hard! Elbow xrayed and all ok! So onto the next stage.. Cheshunt here we come."
Stage three result:
1 Marianne Vos (Ned) Rabo-Liv, 2:11:05
2 Emma Johansson (Swe) Orica-AIS, same time
3 Giorgia Bronzini (Ita) Wiggle Honda, st
4 Lizzie Armitstead (GB) Boels-Dolmans, st
5 Elena Cecchini (Ita) Estado de Mexico-Faren Kuota, st
6 Leah Kirchman (Can) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies, st
7 Amy Pieters (Ned) Netherlands, st
8 Lucy Garner (GB) Giant-Shimano, st
9 Ellen van Dijk (Ned) Boels-Dolmans, st
10 Chloe Hosking (Aus) Hitec Products, st
1 Marianne Vos (Ned) Rabo-Liv, 7:41:14
2 Emma Johansson (Swe) Orica-AIS, +8secs
3 Rossella Ratto (Ita) Estado de Mexico-Faren Kuota, +9
4 Susanna Zorzi (Ita) Astana BePink, + 14
5 Lizzie Armitstead (GB) Boels-Dolmans, +18
6 Giorgia Bronzini (Ita) Wiggle Honda, +24
7 Hannah Barnes (GB) UnitedHealthcare, same time
8 Ellen van Dijk (Ned) Boels-Dolmans, +25
9 Elise Delzenne (Fra) Specialized-lululemon, st
10 Lucy Garner (GB) Giant-Shimano, +28