Women's Tour: Marianne Vos extends lead with stage four win as Lucy Garner takes third

Last Updated: 10/05/14 5:29pm

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Marianne Vos tightened her grip on the yellow jersey

Marianne Vos tightened her grip on the yellow jersey

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Marianne Vos extended her lead of the Women’s Tour by winning for the second successive day on stage four as Britain’s Lucy Garner followed in third.

Vos, the world and Olympic champion, outsprinted Giorgia Bronzini and Garner in Welwyn Garden City to collect 10 bonus seconds and stretch her advantage over Emma Johansson in the general classification to 19 seconds.

Britain’s Lizzie Armitstead had a frustrating day after she suffered a mechanical problem in the final 4km and had to stop for a wheel change. She was able to chase back to the peloton but could only finish 10th, which leaves her 30 seconds down on Vos in fourth overall.

Garner climbs to seventh, 37 seconds adrift, while compatriot Hannah Barnes is on the same time in eighth.

Garner, who is a Sky Sports Scholar, said afterwards: "I’m really happy with that, I felt like I had quite a strong sprint at the end.

"There was a bit of carnage at the last corner. Marianne and Bronzini managed to get through then there was a group of us who were thinking ‘it’s tighter than we thought’.”

Laura Trott, who had to go to hospital for precautionary scans after her crash on Friday, came home in 29th place.

The inaugural Women's Tour ends on Sunday with a 108.3km stage from Harwich to Bury St Edmunds, although Britain's Emily Kay will not be involved after she withdrew on Saturday morning following a heavy crash on the second stage. 

Stage four result

1 Marianne Vos (Ned) Rabo-Liv, 2:13:09
2 Giorgia Bronzini (Ita) Wiggle Honda, same time
3 Lucy Garner (GB) Giant-Shimano, st
4 Emma Johansson (Swe) Orica-AIS, st
5 Elena Cecchini (Ita) Estado de Mexico-Faren Kuota, st
6 Lauren Hall (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies, st
7 Leah Kirchman (Can) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies, st
8 Aude Biannic (Fra) Lointek, st
9 Trixi Worrack (Ger) Specialized-lululemon, st
10 Lizzie Armitstead (GB) Boels-Dolmans, st

General classification

1 Marianne Vos (Ned) Rabo-Liv, 9:54:10
2 Emma Johansson (Swe) Orica-AIS, +19secs
3 Rossella Ratto (Ita) Estado de Mexico-Faren Kuota, +22
4 Lizzie Armitstead (GB) Boels-Dolmans, +30
5 Giorgia Bronzini (Ita) Wiggle Honda, +31
6 Susanna Zorzi (Ita) Astana BePink, same time
7 Lucy Garner (GB) Giant-Shimano, +37
8 Hannah Barnes (GB) UnitedHealthcare, st
9 Elena Cecchini (Ita) Estado de Mexico-Faren Kuota, +41
10 Amy Pieters (Ned) Netherlands, st

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