Lorena Wiebes of Team DSM claimed stage 5 at The Women’s Tour on Friday afternoon in Clacton-on-Sea, with her sprint victory making it her second consecutive stage win.
The stage kicked off in Colchester, and Hayley Simmonds (CAMS-Basso Bikes) took the lead with a breakaway ahead of the chasing pack, but the day’s other riders were able to close the gap - which at one point stood at 4m30s - with 16 kilometres left as the race finished in Clacton-on-Sea after 95.4km.
Simmonds was able to take maximum points on the first two QOM sprints, and also took two of the intermediate sprints.
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Wiebes won as she broke through ahead in the bunch sprint, finishing well ahead of Elisa Balsamo (Valcar-Travel & Service) and Marjolein van 't Geloof (Drops-Le Col s/b Tempur).
With one stage remaining, Demi Vollering (Team SD Worx) was able to maintain a lead of 1m09s. Wiebes’ teammate Juliette Labous is in second, with Clara Copponi (FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope), who won three bonus seconds, five seconds further back.
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