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Aviva Women’s Tour 2016 | Stage Four

Vos Leads The Way and the Rest Just Follow! Chasing Down the Leading Group in the closing Kilometers, It’s Vos Back to her Best.

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by Anna Magrath | Jun 18, 2016
Aviva Women's Tour 2016 | Stage 4 Nottingham to Stoke-on-Trent Stage winner 91 VOS Marianne Raboliv Womencyclingteam NED
Aviva Women’s Tour 2016 | Stage 4 Nottingham to Stoke-on-Trent Stage winner 91 VOS Marianne Raboliv Womencyclingteam NED

Lizzie Armitstead retained her Aviva Yellow Jersey heading into the final stage of the Aviva Women’s Tour as reigning Olympic Road Race Champion Marianne Vos took the Stage Four victory from Nottingham to Stoke-on-Trent, the European City of Sport for 2016.

Aviva Women's Tour 2016 | Stage 4 Nottingham Race Start...
Aviva Women’s Tour 2016 | Stage 4 Nottingham Race Start…

Vos headed home Team Liv Plantur’s Leah Kirchmann and Wiggle HIGH5’s Emma Johansson, as a front group of 21-riders contested the finish on an uphill drag into Stoke-on-Trent city centre.

Aviva Women's Tour 2016 | Stage 4 Nottingham to Stoke-on-Trent an attack from Emma Pooley marshalled by Ellen Van Dyke...
Aviva Women’s Tour 2016 | Stage 4 Nottingham to Stoke-on-Trent an attack from Emma Pooley marshalled by Ellen Van Dijk…

In the process the Rabo Liv rider narrowed her gap to Armitstead on the overall classification to 15-seconds, although Armitstead’s nearest challenger, Ashleigh Moolman Pasio, slipped back to eight-seconds down in second overall, with Elisa Longo Borghini a further two seconds in arrears.

Aviva Women's Tour 2016 | Stage 4 Nottingham to Stoke-on-Trent - Ashleigh Moolman Pasio
Aviva Women’s Tour 2016 | Stage 4 Nottingham to Stoke-on-Trent – Ashleigh Moolman Pasio

“We race as a team and we race aggressively, that’s always our tactic. From a team perspective we had a good race I had good legs again on the climb,” said Lizzie Armitstead after the stage.

 

“The race stayed together until the climb and then me, Ashley and Elisa went on the second Queen of the Mountains, Emma was in no-man’s land so she came back up to us and there was a bit of cooperation for maybe 5k and then Emma and Elisa started attacking

Aviva Women's Tour 2016 | Stage 4 Nottingham to Stoke-on-Trent - Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam
Aviva Women’s Tour 2016 | Stage 4 Nottingham to Stoke-on-Trent – Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam

“In the final kilometres I could tell they [peloton] were coming back…coming into the final kilometre there were a couple of turns with up-hill flickers and again Emma and Elisa were attacking so it was just about covering them and as the group from behind pulled I tried to put myself in a good position but got caught out a little bit on the last corner.”

 

On the tough run through the Staffordshire Moorlands in the final third of the stage, Armitstead had again proved herself to be one of the toughest riders in the race, escaping in a four rider group that went clear on two back-to-back Strava Queen of the Mountains climbs at Ramshorn and Oakamoor.

Aviva Women's Tour 2016 | Stage 4 Nottingham to Stoke-on-Trent Lone Break for 33 FAHLIN Emilia Ale Cipollini SWE
Aviva Women’s Tour 2016 | Stage 4 Nottingham to Stoke-on-Trent Lone Break for 33 FAHLIN Emilia Ale Cipollini SWE

In addition to the World Champion, her breakaway companions from Stage Three who lies second and third overall, Moolman Pasio and Longo Borghini, joined her along with Swedish national champion Emma Johansson.

Aviva Women's Tour 2016 | Stage 4 Nottingham to Stoke-on-Trent Sign-on...
Aviva Women’s Tour 2016 | Stage 4 Nottingham to Stoke-on-Trent Sign-on…

The four struck out until just after the final kilometre marker, with Vos leading the chase to catch them on the final climb of Botteslow Street into Stoke-on-Trent city centre.  The winner of the 2014 Women’s Tour made the catch and then straight away led out the sprint through the final corner and into the short, uphill finish straight.

Aviva Women's Tour 2016 | Stage 4 Nottingham to Stoke-on-Trent Pre Start Autograph & Photo Call for the fans.
Aviva Women’s Tour 2016 | Stage 4 Nottingham to Stoke-on-Trent Pre Start Autograph & Photo Call for the fans.

“We were riding full gas and we could see them but they were attacking each other so sometimes they were making really high speeds and sometimes it came closer and then the final kilometre was more up than I expected,” said Vos afterwards.

Aviva Women's Tour 2016 | Stage 4 Nottingham to Stoke-on-Trent Lizzie signing autographs pre race start...
Aviva Women’s Tour 2016 | Stage 4 Nottingham to Stoke-on-Trent Lizzie signing autographs pre race start…

“On Google Maps it looked a wide road and nicely through some roundabouts but it went ‘boom’ uphill but they were still within 10-seconds, so I decided to just go because otherwise you don’t have a chance.

 

“I knew I had a chance in the sprint but if there are still four in the lead then you are sprinting for fifth and that wasn’t really in my plan today.”

 

Stage Four Top Twenty

 

1 91     VOS Marianne                        00″       RBW NED B:15″

2 42     KIRCHMANN Leah              ‘ ‘          TLP CAN B:07″

3 11     JOHANSSON Emma             ‘ ‘          WHT SWE B:04″

4 23     *DIDERIKSEN Amalie         ‘ ‘          DLT DEN

5 1       BRENNAUER Lisa               ‘ ‘          LPR GER

6 21     ARMITSTEAD Elizabeth      ‘ ‘          DLT GBR B:03″

7 16     PIETERS Amy                       ‘ ‘          WHT NED

8 83     MOOLMAN-PASIO Ashleigh     ‘ ‘       CBT RSA

9 25     HARRIS Nikki                       ‘ ‘          DLT GBR

10 24   VAN DIJK Ellen                    ‘ ‘          DLT NED

11 15   LONGO BORGHINI Elisa   ‘ ‘          WHT ITA

12 34   JASINSKA Malgorzata          ‘ ‘          ALE POL

13 71   SPRATT Amanda                   ‘ ‘          OGE AUS

14 43   *MACKAIJ Floortje              ‘ ‘          TLP NED

15 14   KING Danielle                       ‘ ‘          WHT GBR

16 72   ELVIN Gracie                        ‘ ‘          OGE AUS

17 22   BLAAK Chantal                    ‘ ‘          DLT NED

18 13   BRONZINI Giorgia               11″       WHT ITA

19 41   *WEAVER Molly                  17″       TLP GBR

20 5     CROMWELL Tiffany            20″       LPR AUS

 

General Classification Top Twenty

 

1 21     ARMITSTEAD Elizabeth                   00″       DLT GBR       13h02’56”

2 83     MOOLMAN-PASIO Ashleigh           08″       CBT RSA       13h03’04”

3 15     LONGO BORGHINI Elisa                 10″       WHT ITA       13h03’06”

4 91     VOS Marianne                                    15″       RBW NED     13h03’11”

5 71     SPRATT Amanda                               17″       OGE AUS      13h03’13”

6 42     KIRCHMANN Leah                          37″       TLP CAN       13h03’33”

7 16     PIETERS Amy                                   40″       WHT NED      13h03’36”

8 1       BRENNAUER Lisa                           44″       LPR GER       13h03’40”

9 11     JOHANSSON Emma                        46″       WHT SWE      13h03’42”

10 72   ELVIN Gracie                                    47″       OGE AUS      13h03’43”

11 43   *MACKAIJ Floortje                          50″       TLP NED        13h03’46”

12 14   KING Danielle                                   ‘ ‘          WHT GBR      ‘ ‘

13 34   JASINSKA Malgorzata                      ‘ ‘          ALE POL       ‘ ‘

14 24   VAN DIJK Ellen                                ‘ ‘          DLT NED       ‘ ‘

15 25   HARRIS Nikki                                   ‘ ‘          DLT GBR       ‘ ‘

16 13   BRONZINI Giorgia                           57″       WHT ITA       13h03’53”

17 5     CROMWELL Tiffany                        01’10” LPR AUS       13h04’06”

18 41   *WEAVER Molly                              01’41” TLP GBR        13h04’37”

19 23   *DIDERIKSEN Amalie                     01’49” DLT DEN       13h04’45”

20 2     AMIALIUSIK Alena                          01’57”  LPR BLR        13h04’53”

 

Aviva Women's Tour Stage Four Post Race Press with Stage winner 91 VOS Marianne Raboliv Womencyclingteam
Aviva Women’s Tour Stage Four Post Race Press with Stage winner 91 VOS Marianne Raboliv Womencyclingteam


Roll of Honor

 

General classification Aviva 21 ARMITSTEAD Elizabeth Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam GBR

 

Points Chain Reaction Cycles 91 VOS Marianne Raboliv Womencyclingteam NED

 

Queen of the mountain Strava 53 HALL Katharine Unitedhealthcare Pro Women Team USA

 

Best British Adnams 21 ARMITSTEAD Elizabeth Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam GBR

 

Best young Stoke-onTrent European City of Sports 43 MACKAIJ Floortje Team Liv – Plantur NED

 

Best Team Aviva Wiggle High

 

Aviva Women's Tour 2016 | Stage 4 Nottingham to Stoke-on-Trent Selfie with Alison Tetrick
Aviva Women’s Tour 2016 | Stage 4 Nottingham to Stoke-on-Trent Selfie with Alison Tetrick
Aviva Women's Tour 2016 | Stage 4 Nottingham to Stoke-on-Trent Katie Hall post race autographs...
Aviva Women’s Tour 2016 | Stage 4 Nottingham to Stoke-on-Trent Katie Hall post race autographs…
Aviva Women's Tour 2016 | Stage 4 Nottingham to Stoke-on-Trent Sign-on...
Aviva Women’s Tour 2016 | Stage 4 Nottingham to Stoke-on-Trent Sign-on…