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With the Women’s Tour coming so close to home I had to go out and catch the action. Stage 2 saw the riders start in Rushden and finish in Daventry. The finale was over a circuit which saw them tackle Newnham Hill twice and knowing how hard that hill can be that is where I went. Team Sunweb’s Coryn Rivera took the stage win and overall lead of the race in Daventry before the riders moved to Warwickshire stage, the following day. With most of the route on my home patch I had a good idea of where to go and Edgehill was the main draw, on what would be the longest stage of the race. Sarah Roy took the stage win Leamington Spa for the Mitchelton Scott team.

Overall Coryn Rivera became the fifth different winner of the OVO Energy Women’s Tour as she finished Sunday’s first-ever Welsh stage into Colwyn Bay – won by Lotta Lepistö (Cervélo-Bigla) – safely within the bunch. Despite crashing heavily during Saturday’s fourth stage, Vos’ team-mate Dani Rowe finished the 122-kilometre stage in the front group to maintain her third place on GC. She trailed Rivera by 25 seconds, while Vos ended up being just 11 seconds shy of the overall victory.

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