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Asda Women’s Tour De Yorkshire 2017

Asda Women’s Tour De Yorkshire 2017 – Tadcaster to Harrogate solo winner Lizzie Deignan

Lizzie Deignan solo’s fifteen kilometres to her first victory in the Asda Women’s Tour De Yorkshire.

This third incarnation of the Women’s Tour De Yorkshire beamed live on television attracted eighteen teams including several UCI Women’s World Tour teams to Yorkshire raising the profile pre-Worlds 2019 for the organisers Welcome to Yorkshire. Following the same route as the men’s race later in the day included a single classified ascend of the Cote de Lofthouse at 423m, a 1.7km long 11% climb. The race covered 122.5kms through grippy rolling countryside.

Asda Women’s Tour De Yorkshire 2017 – Tadcaster to Harrogate, start line nerves…

All-though the climb would prove difficult for some of the riders, a bunch sprint was expected back in Harrogate some three hours later after been flagged off from Tadcaster at 9.10am by Tilly Mae with eighteen teams taking the start and 105 riders signing on.

Asda Women’s Tour De Yorkshire 2017 – Tadcaster to Harrogate – Tilly Mae poses with the start flag
Asda Women’s Tour De Yorkshire 2017 – Tadcaster to Harrogate sets off from Tadcaster. Henrietta Colborne leads..

Boels Dolmans former World Champion and local girl Deignan had the help of her Olympic and European Road Race Champion and team-mate Anna Van Der Breggan bridging the gap to the lead group on the main climb before working her way through to the front on the decent into Harrogate.

Asda Women’s Tour De Yorkshire 2017 – Tadcaster to Harrogate, First 25kms covered together! Blaak & Pieters softening the peloton.
Asda Women’s Tour De Yorkshire 2017 Tadcaster to Harrogate, 25kms covered at peloton is all together! Lizzie Deignan (Centre)

Earlier on the race Boels Dolmans Chantal Blaak and Amy Pieters softened up the peloton as the race got underway before they all came back together for the first sprint on theday in Knaresbrough. Bepink Cogeas’s Maria Vittaria Sperotto crossed the line firstly followed by Ale Cippolini’s Soraya Paladin with Bepink Cogeas’s Alison Jackson third.

Asda Women’s Tour De Yorkshire 2017 Tadcaster to Harrogate, Dani King (Left) marshalls the 10 girl breakaway group

It was Pieters that broken free once more, this time will attracting nine more quality riders Sheyla Gutierrez Ruiz and Dani King [Cylance Pro Cycling], Claudia Lichtenberg [Wiggle High5], Juliette Labous & Rozanne Slik [Team Sunweb], Canyon SRAM Racings Barbara Guarischi, Ale Cipollini’s Anna Trevisi, FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope’s Roxanne Knetemann and Lare-Waowdeals Women’s Cycling Team’s Saartje Vandenbroucke who rode to the foot of the main climb together  with around a minute-twenty advantage to the peloton and two chasers in-between.

Asda Women’s Tour De Yorkshire 2017 Tadcaster to Harrogate, chasing peloton near Paterley Bridge… Elen Van Dijk (Centre)

Van Der Breggen rode to the front of the peloton mid-way up the climb setting a blistering pace with Deignan on her wheels. Rivera followed close behind as they rode away from everyone else. Picking the leading riders off one-by-one it was clear Deignan had the bit between her teeth for the win after failing last year been caught in the final kilometres.

Asda Women’s Tour De Yorkshire 2017 – Tadcaster to Harrogate, Chasing group near Paterley Bridge, Lizzie Deignan (Left)

Lichtenberg took the KOM points followed by Peiters then King. The chasing duo were only fifteen seconds adrift through the KOM, but the road undulated higher along a false flat and soon went by the leaders with King, the only one to react and sit on the back of the pair.

With a lead of just over thirty seconds and Bronzini and Rivera chasing hard, Deignan set about her fourteen-point-five kilometer time trial to the finish. Her lead extended to over a minute with King chasing between Deignan and the first group. King re-joined the chasing group as another group joined the chase, but although Deignan’s DS had radioed her to save her legs for a bunch sprint, she knew she had the legs to finish the race alone on roads that she had looked at earlier in the year.

Rivera won the bunch sprint at fifty-five seconds with Bronzini, Pieters and Hannah Barnes [Canyon SRAM Racing] finishing fifth overall.

Asda Women’s Tour De Yorkshire 2017, Tadcaster to Harrogate, Coryn Rivera brings the bunch in at 55″
Press Quote from Lizzie

“The race really suited me and I knew the roads better than anyone else, so I took advantage of that. With 15km to go my Sports Director was telling me to save myself for the sprint but I knew we still had some small climbs to go. I knew it wasn’t going to come back together so I went on the attack. I didn’t dare believe I’d actually won the race until about 1km to go through because I felt like I was getting slower and slower.

The finish was so special and so surreal, and it meant so much to me to receive such great support. It was incredible and I’m struggling to get my head around it. This is up there with the biggest wins of my career, definitely. There were a lot of big teams here and the Tour is growing into a really prestigious race. We don’t get crowds like this in women’s cycling very often and it was unbelievable to see so many people on the roadside. The fact that the whole race was televised live as well was really important. You’ll only see stronger and stronger women coming to this race in the future because of that, and the best riders specifically targeting this race.”

Asda Women’s Tour De Yorkshire Tadcaster to Harrogate 2017 winner Elizabeth Deignan
Top 20

1 11 DEIGNAN Elizabeth 3.09.36″ DLT GBR

2 31 RIVERA Coryn 55″ SUN USA

3 21 BRONZINI Giorgia ‘ ‘ WHT ITA

4 14 PIETERS Amy ‘ ‘ DLT NED

5 41 BARNES Hannah ‘ ‘ LPR GBR

6 82 AALERUD Katrine 59″ HPU NOR

7 3 GUTIERREZ RUIZ Sheyla ‘ ‘ CPC ESP

8 71 GILLOW Shara ‘ ‘ FDJ AUS

9 75 KNETEMANN Roxanne ‘ ‘ FDJ NED

10 4 KING Danielle ‘ ‘ CPC GBR

11 106 VANDENBROUCKE Saartje ‘ ‘ LWD BEL

12 62 CHRISTIAN Anna 01’07” DRP GBR

13 26 LICHTENBERG Claudia 01’23” WHT GER

14 32 LABOUS Juliette 01’33” SUN FRA

15 22 CORDON RAGOT Audrey 01’56” WHT FRA

16 36 VAN DIJK Elen ‘ ‘ SUN NED

17 15 VAN DER BREGGEN Anna 01’59” DLT NED

18 34 SLIK Rozanne 07’45” SUN NED

19 61 BARNES Alice ‘ ‘ DRP GBR

20 92 JACKSON Alison ‘ ‘

Asda Women’s Tour De Yorkshire 2017 – Tadcaster to Harrogate – Pink Climbers Jersey, Claudia Lichtenberg
Roll of Honor

Winner ASDA 11 DEIGNAN Elizabeth BOELS DOLMANS CYCLINGTEAM GBR

Point Classification AUNT BESSIE’S 11 DEIGNAN Elizabeth BOELS DOLMANS CYCLINGTEAM GBR

Best Team DONCASTER SHEFFIELD AIRPORT – FLYBE BOELS DOLMANS CYCLINGTEAM DLT

Best Climber VIRGINS TRAINS 26 LICHTENBERG Claudia WIGGLE HIGH5

Asda Women’s Tour De Yorkshire 2017 – Tadcaster to Harrogate – Jo Tindley

Fifty-seven riders finished the third edition of the Women’s Tour De Yorkshire with-in the time window allowed. A further thirty-seven riders rode in with-in forty-one minutes behind and Jo Tindley [Team Ford Ecoboost] finishing in last place, well done Jo.

Asda Women’s Tour De Yorkshire 2017 – Tadcaster to Harrogate – Wiggle High5, Emilia Fahlin (Right)
Asda Women’s Tour De Yorkshire 2017 – Tadcaster to Harrogate – Team Sunweb, Coryn Rivera (Right)
Asda Women’s Tour De Yorkshire 2017 – Tadcaster to Harrogate – Cylance Pro Cycling, Dani King (Left)
Asda Women’s Tour De Yorkshire 2017 – Tadcaster to Harrogate – Team Jadan – Weldtite p/b Vive le Velo
Asda Women’s Tour De Yorkshire 2017 – Tadcaster to Harrogate – Bepink Cogeas
Asda Women’s Tour De Yorkshire 2017 – Tadcaster to Harrogate – Team WNT, Eileen Roe (Right)
Asda Women’s Tour De Yorkshire 2017 – Tadcaster to Harrogate – Lares – Waowdeals Women Cycling Team
Asda Women’s Tour De Yorkshire 2017 – Tadcaster to Harrogate – Storey Racing, Neah Evans (3rd Left)
Asda Women’s Tour De Yorkshire 2017 – Tadcaster to Harrogate – Fusion RT Feirlan
Asda Women’s Tour De Yorkshire 2017 – Tadcaster to Harrogate – NCC Group – Kuota – Tortelli, Amy Gornall (2nd Left)
Asda Women’s Tour De Yorkshire 2017 – Tadcaster to Harrogate – Boels Dolmans Cycling Team, Anna Van Der Breggen (Centre)
Asda Women’s Tour De Yorkshire 2017 – Tadcaster to Harrogate – Picture This!