2024 Tour of Britain Women – Stage 4 Race Report

How the race finished

Ruby Roseman-Gannon (Liv AlUla Jayco) denied SD Worx Protime victory in the final stage, flying to the line as race leader Kopecky tried to gift the stage to Christine Majerus, who came in second ahead of Lorena Wiebes in third. Lotte Kopecky claimed the General Classification ahead of Anna Henderson (Great Britain) and Christine Majerus.

Full results are available below.

How it happened

The fourth and final stage of the Tour of Britain Women saw the riders race from Manchester to Leigh, in what was once again expected to be a sprint finish, but with a number of steep pitches sprinkled throughout the route.

First attack came from Jessica Finney (Doltcini O’Shea), who was immediately followed, with Anna Henderson (Great Britain) patrolling the front of the peloton. Torelli tried their hand at getting clear, but it was Krista Doebel Hickok (Human Powered Health) who was first able to find some distance over the group – albeit without the company she probably would have hoped for. 

Taniel Campbell (Liv AlUla Jayco) set the pace on the category 1 climb up to Grains Bar, sweeping up Doebel Hickok. The group splintered behind her, with only a select group making it to the top. Lizzie Deignan (Great Britain) attacked to take the maximum points of the top of the climb, and seeing a clear gap behind her, she pushed on solo, extending her lead to over 1 and a half minutes at one point.

On an uncategorised climb over the top of the moors, Charlotte Kool (dsm firmenich PostNL) tried to bridge across to Deignan, but wasn’t able to make the junction. Deignan continued to lead solo into the bottom of Ramsbottom Rake, a short but steep climb, alone. On the climb the group behind splintered again, and after Deignan crossed the top solo, again taking maximum points, her teammate Henderson led Letizia Paternoster (Liv AlUla Jayco), race leader Lotte Kopecky (SD Worx Protime) and Pfeiffer Georgi (dsm firmenich Protime) across. With her job done, Deignan was reabsorbed and the leading group swelled. 

At the final intermediate sprint in Horwich lots of teams were interested, but SD Worx Protime put both Lorena Wiebes and Cristine Majerus in the mix to try to stop Letizia Paternoster from taking any bonus seconds. Majerus pushed on, leading the bunch on the now wet roads. As the finish line crept closer and closer, Anna Henderson (Great Britain) attacked solo up the right hand side of the wide roads. As Henderson was caught Team dsm-firmenich PostNL attacked, and when the road pitched up Kopecky, Paternoster, Georgi and Henderson went clear. With the four riders being the top four on GC, there wasn’t much cohesion in the group to continue riding. Behind, the chase group was led by VolkerWessels, who, with the best young rider, had missed the move, before the chase group seemed to sit up. 

Lorena Weibes attacked from the chase group behind, trying to bridge across to support Kopecky up the road. The group behind was strung out in pursuit, and up the road, Paternoster attacked the lead group. Kopecky was forced to chase, with Henderson and Georgi quick to follow. Kopecky brought Paternoster back, and the group sat up, before Georgi attacked, once again forcing a response from Kopecky. 

As thee front group sat up Wiebes made the junction to the leading quartet, and suddenly the chase group was back as well. Georgi didn’t wait long to attack again, and once again, Kopecky tracked her down. Georgi’s teammate Franziska Koch went next, with Flora Perkins (Great Britain) and Elena Cecchini (SD Worx Protime) on her wheel, and Ruby Roseman Gannon (Liv AlUla Jayco) trying to bridge across. No-one wanted to work with Koch, but she pushed on regardless, before they too were swept up. 

At the worst moment, just outside the 3km to go marker, third placed Paternoster had a rear wheel puncture and needed a bike change. Dsm firmenich Post NL took it up on the front, trying to limit the opportunity for Paternoster to come back, and therefore bump their leader Georgi into the third podium position.

Under the Flamme Rouge SD Worx Protime moved to the front. Kopecky put in a huge leadout, gapping the rest of the group through the corners towards the finish line. Looking like she had the win easily, Kopecky looked around and decided to slow and gift the win to her teammate Majerus – but a flying Roseman-Gannon got the better of the SD Worx Protime riders, pipping Majerus for the win.

Kopecky took the overall victory, but behind her Paternoster’s puncture resulted in a bit of a reshuffle, with Anna Henderson moving into second, and, with her bonus seconds from the second place, Christine Majerus moved into third on the overall classification. 

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