2024 Tour of Britain Women – Stage 3 Race Report

How the race finished

Lorena Wiebes (SD Worx Protime) won the bunch sprint in the third stage of the Tour of Britain Women, with Charlotte Kool (dsm firmenich PostNL) and Georgia Baker (Liv AlUla Jayco) rounding out the podium.

Full results are available below.

How it happened

Stage Three saw a slightly less hilly stage, with two category three climbs in the middle of the stage, and the intermediate sprint coming closer to the end. 

The first attack of the day came from Jo Tindley (Pro Noctis 200o Coffee Hargreaves Contracting), who was joined by Maddie Leech (Lifeplus Wahoo). The pair quickly established a gap, extending their lead out to over three minutes. Shortly after they escaped, Caoimhe O’Brien (DAS) and Amelia Tyler (Alba Development Team) also joined forces to set off in pursuit, but were brought back by the peloton.

In the bunch, the team of the race leader Lotte Kopecky (SD Worx Protime) set about controlling the pace, with the dual goal of protecting the leaders jersey and setting up favourite Lorena Wiebes for the stage win. Lucy Lee (DAS Hutchinson Brother UK) was next to try to bridge to the leading duo, but ended up riding solo in pursuit for a significant part of the day. 

In the second half of the stage, after having worked well up front for most of the stage, Maddie Leech had technical problems with her bike and eventually  needed a bike change, which resulted in the leading duo being split up on the road. Tindley continued solo at the front, but the shape of the race had changed completely. Behind them, Caitlin Dimbleby (Alba Development Team) had joined Lucy Lee, but the pair were reeled back in as the peloton began to increase their pace shortly afterwards.

As Tindley was almost caught, with around 10 km to go, Valerie Demey (VolkerWessels) launched an attack. With a good solo gap, SD Worx Protime once again took control, bringing it all back together. As they approached the finish line Human Powered Health, SD Worx Protime, Great Britain and dsm firmenich PostNL all fought for position. 

Liv AlUla Jayco were in control coming towards the flamme rouge, before SD Worx Protime took over. Letizia Paternoster (Liv AlUla Jayco) found a gap down the inside of the barriers and launched early, but she flamed out, leaving Lorena Wiebes (SD Worx Protime) clear to take the win ahead of Charlotte Kool (dsm firmenich PostNL), with Georgia Baker (Liv AlUla Jayco) crossing the line in third.

Stage Three – Full Results

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