A mass sprint was taken into account in the first stage of the ASDA Women's Tour de Yorkshire which eventually happened. CCC-Liv tried to put Marianne Vos in position, but it did not work out. She had to come from too far to get a top result. Lorena Wiebes won distinctively.
The start of the first stage to Bedale (132 kilometres) was lively with various attacks. After the first intermediate sprint, in which Marianne Vos finished second and thus took advantage of the time, two snuck away. A little later, they were joined by four additional riders. The six were caught at three kilometres from the finish line, resulting in a mass sprint for the day victory.
“We were expecting a mass sprint and wanted to aim for success with Marianne Vos. We wanted to save power until the right moment. In the final of the race, we were still pretty much at the front, but it was not enough to get a high ranking in the sprint”, says sports director Jeroen Blijlevens after the cold and wet first stage in Yorkshire.
“A difficult second and final stage with many climbs awaits us tomorrow, bringing a decision on the final classification. It can still go in all directions, we look forward to the final stage with confidence.”
Photo credits: Cor Vos