Jolien D'Hoore strikes again in OVO Energy Women's Tour, Lisa Brennauer takes GC lead
Jun 13 2019 04:28 am CET

Jolien D'Hoore strikes again in OVO Energy Women's Tour, Lisa Brennauer takes GC lead
Jolien D'Hoore strikes again in OVO Energy Women's Tour, Lisa Brennauer takes GC lead
Boels Dolmans Cycling Team

Jolien D'Hoore (Boels-Dolmans) has taken the victory of the third stage of the OVO Energy Women's Tour. This is the second win of the Belgian rider in the 2019 edition of the race.

The third stage of the British race was 145.1 kilometres long from Henley-on-Thames to Blenheim Palace over a route that included one climb of the second category and one categorised in the first, both in the first 20 kilometres of racing. Early on the route, there was a mass crash that took several riders out of the race, including the leader until then Marianne Vos (CCC-Liv).

Trek-Segafredo's Anna Plichta escaped just after the 100-kilometre mark and was reeled back in with 41 kilometres remaining, but this adventure granted her the Combativity Award of the third stage. The compact pack arrived together to the finish line and D'Hoore was once again the fastest rider.

WNT-Rotor's Lisa Brennauer crossed the finish line in the second place and climbed to the first position of the General Classification. Demi Vollering (Parkhotel Valkenburg), Roxane Fournier (Movistar) and Sarah Roy (Mitchelton-Scott) completed the top five of the day.

"I was hoping for a bunch sprint, it was a bit rolling the whole stage and it was quite hard in the beginning but we made it for a bunch sprint and I'm happy I could finish it off again," said D'Hoore after the finish line.

"The pace was really high and I had Amy Pieters in front of me but I didn't want to go in second position in the last corner so I let Lisa Brennauer in between and then someone started the sprint with 350 to go and I started as well, but then I realised this is still a long way to go so I went back behind Lisa again and then I started again."






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