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Women’s Tour of Scotland | 2019

Women’s Tour of Scotland 3 Day Press Release round-up 2019

Women’s Tour of Scotland Stage 1 from Dundee to Dunfermline

Women’s Tour of Scotland 2019 | Stage 1 Dundee to Dunfermline – Start line with Lotto Soudal & Scotland’s Katie Archibald

Friday 9 August, Dunfermline – Stage 1 of the Women’s Tour of Scotland was abandoned with 40km to go due to adverse weather conditions.
The riders had completed 63km of the first stage of the inaugural race, including two sprints and one climb, before race organisers made the decision to abandon the stage at the feed zone in Leslie due to large sections of standing water on the roads.

Women’s Tour of Scotland 2019 | Stage 1 Dundee to Dunfermline – Peloton Mid Race…

Despite the stage being cut short, the Event Scotland Queen of the Mountains and Motorola Solutions Queen of the Sprints classification leaders were still awarded, with Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig (Bigla) and Eugenia Bujak (BTC City Ljubljana) taking the respective jerseys.

A Women’s Tour of Scotland spokesperson said: “Due to extreme weather conditions, we have taken the unfortunate decision together with Police Scotland and other relevant authorities to abandon today’s stage of the Women’s Tour of Scotland.

“Conditions have proven impossible due to heavy sections of standing water on the roads. Rider safety is paramount and conditions were no longer safe to continue.”

The winners of today’s Event Scotland Queen of the Mountains and Motorola Solutions Sprints classifications were presented in Dunfermline, however the rest of the teams have returned to their accommodation.

Women’s Tour of Scotland 2019 | Stage 1 Dundee to Dunfermline – Christina Wiejak – Jadan Weldtite

“We still plan to commence the start of Stage 2 in Glasgow tomorrow.”

The 88 riders starting today’s race lined up for a minute’s silence for Lotto Soudal’s Bjorg Lambrecht – the Belgian cyclist who died following his crash at the Tour of Poland – before rolling out from Dundee’s Slessor Gardens for the first stretch of the inaugural race.
45 Thi That Nguyen (Lotto Soudal Ladies) of Vietnam withdrew before the race start.

With the Stage 1 route seeing plenty of heavy rain prior to the start, the riders set off at an expected gentle pace, sticking together for the first 30km with Rally UHC and Lotto-Soudal controlling the peloton from the front. As the peloton approached the first sprint, some riders made an early statement for the Motorola Solutions Queen of the Sprints jersey in front of the Cupar high street crowds.

20km Cupar sprint (Motorola Solutions Queen of the Sprints Jersey competition):
1. (5pts) 12 Marjolein Van’t Geloof (Ale Cipollini)
2. (3pts) 26 Leah Thomas (Bigla)
3. (2pts) 41 Dani Christmas (Lotto-Soudal)
4. (1pts) 31 Abby-Mae Parkinson (Drops)

It was the first climb of the stage that caused the first split with 35 riders going clear, Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig (Bigla) taking the eight points in the Queen of the Mountains jersey competition.

45km Grange of Lindores climb (Event Scotland Queen of the Mountains Jersey competition):
1. (8pts) 21 Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig (Bigla)
2. (6pts) 23 Elise Chabbey (Bigla)
3. (4pts) 26 Leah Thomas (Bigla)

By the time the riders reached the summit, the peloton had come back together to race in what proved to be the final sprint of the route before the stage was abandoned.

Women’s Tour of Scotland 2019 | Stage 1 Dundee to Dunfermline – Eugenia Bujak – Falkland sprint (Motorola Solutions Queen of the Sprints Jersey competition)
54.9km Falkland sprint (Motorola Solutions Queen of the Sprints Jersey competition):
1. (5pts) 91 Eugenia Bujak (BTC City Ljubljana)
2. (3pts) 25 Mikayla Harvey (Bigla)
3. (2pts) 82 Chiara Consonni (Valcar Cylance Cycling)
4. (1pts) 31 26 Leah Thomas (Bigla)
Women’s Tour of Scotland 2019 | Stage 1 Dundee to Dunfermline – Falkland sprint

Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig now leads the Event Scotland Queen of the Mountains Jersey after day one. She said: “It’s such a pity that the race had to be abandoned, but safety must always come first.
“We were really excited about the second climb and finishing the stage in front of the crowds in Dunfermline. We worked really well as a team today and I think we would have had a great finish. That makes me proud and keeps me excited for tomorrow.
“There’s still two more days to go so we are keeping our fingers crossed.

Women’s Tour of Scotland 2019 | Stage 1 Dundee to Dunfermline

Eugenia Bajuk, who won the Motorola Solutions Queen of the Sprints jersey, added: “We were all excited for the beautiful finish in the city of Dunfermline but it was a good decision to abandon the race.
“There was so much water on the road so we have to put our safety first. I usually enjoy racing in the wet and cold weather but today was just too much.
“We wanted to fight for more as a team, but despite how things turned out, I am still happy to come away with the sprint jersey.”

Women’s Tour of Scotland Stage 2 Glasgow to Perth

Saturday 10 August, Perth – 73 Alison Jackson (Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank) is the first rider to wear the Baillie Gifford Yellow Jersey as she claimed a sensational stage win at the Women’s Tour of Scotland in Perth.

Women’s Tour of Scotland 2019 | Stage 2 Glasgow to Perth – Alison Jackson the first Yellow Jersey holder…

With an impressive sprint in the final 200m, she capped off what was a thrilling day of racing on day two. A bunch sprint finish through the packed streets of Perth also saw 21-year-old Emma White (Rally UHC Cycling) and Stine Borgli (Norway National Team) earn a place on the podium going into the final stage in Edinburgh on Sunday.

Women’s Tour of Scotland 2019 | Stage 2 Glasgow to Perth – Eventual stage winner Alison Jackson on the Dukes Pass

Earlier in the stage it looked like there could be one main contender for the Baillie Gifford Leaders Jersey, with Brodie Chapman (Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank) holding a 1 minute 45 second lead ahead of the peloton around the 90km mark, but she was quickly caught by the remaining riders as the race headed for an exhilarating finish.

Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig (Bigla) held on to the EventScotland Queen of the Mountains Jersey for a second successive stage after her team’s impressive performance on the climb, while her teammate Leah Thomas tops the Motorola Solutions Queen of Sprints competition standings.
Emma White (Rally UHC Cycling) took the Deloitte Best Young Rider Jersey for her second-placed effort.

Stage 2 Glasgow to Perth – stage result:
1. 73 Alison Jackson (Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank) 03h 24m 27s
2. 61 Emma White (Rally UHC Cycling) +4s
3. 121 Stine Borgli (Norway National Team) +4s
Baillie Gifford Leaders Jersey (General Classification) standings:
1. 73 Alison Jackson (Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank)
2. 61 Emma White (Rally UHC Cycling)
3. 121 Stine Borgli (Norway National Team) +4s
Women’s Tour of Scotland 2019 | Stage 2 Glasgow to Perth – Stage 2 Podium

Jerseys

Baillie Gifford Leaders Jersey: overall race leader: 73 Alison Jackson (Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank)
Motorola Solutions Queen of Sprints Jersey: 26 Leah Thomas (Bigla)
EventScotland Queen of the Mountains Jersey: mountain classification leader – 21 Cecilie Ludwig Uttrup (Bigla)
Deloitte Best Young Rider Jersey: 61 Emma White (Rally UHC Cycling)

Rider reaction

Stage 2 winner Alison Jackson (Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank) said: “Myself and my team came here wanting to win. We knew we could do that by winning stages. We were ready to win yesterday’s, if it weren’t for the rain, but today we managed to achieve our goal. We really played the game. When you have your teammates all in the right place, you know you will be able to win the sprint. I’m really happy about the result, not just for myself individually, but for the whole team.”

Women’s Tour of Scotland 2019 | Stage 2 Glasgow to Perth – Emma White (Rally UHC Cycling)

Emma White (Rally UHC), who was awarded the Best Young Rider Jersey after finishing in second, said: “I am so pleased with my result. I was so close to the win, which makes it a little bit bittersweet because for a split second I thought, I can win this. Alison Jackson is such a powerful sprinter with so much race experience over here in Europe which is exactly what myself and my team here are trying to gain. I couldn’t be happier to finish in second. Bigla was the most powerful team out there. They had strength in numbers but I parked myself right behind them, knowing it would be a strong lead-out. With about 200m to go, I came around Leah, their sprinter, and almost imagined to hold it. I loved the finish in Perth, we were forced to take chances. It’s the best result we have had here in Europe so I’m just so happy.”

Stine Borgli (Norway National Team), who finished narrowly behind in third, said: “The finish was so close, but I am thrilled with my position. The last few kilometres were very hectic. My teammate tried to attack, but she couldn’t make it through. In the end, we are very happy with our positioning.”

Leah Thomas (Bigla), who finished in fourth in the stage overall, was awarded the Motorola Queen of the Sprints Jersey.. She said: “Winning the sprints jersey wasn’t really in my plans today, it just turned out that way on the road. I was fortunate enough to pick up a couple of points yesterday just by maintaining position and following moves. We were really aggressive with four of us in the leading pack after the Queen of the Mountains and we really wanted to push a break. We knew it was a long shot to hold it 100km to the finish because we don’t have a real sprinter here. My team did an awesome lead-out for me going into the finish and it’s a shame we didn’t manage to get on the podium but I’m delighted we have hold of the sprints and mountain jerseys.”

Women’s Tour of Scotland 2019 | Stage 2 Glasgow to Perth – Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig (Bigla)

Cecilie Ludwig Uttrup (Bigla) was awarded the EventScotland Queen of the Mountains Jersey for the second day running after picking up another eight points on Duke’s Pass. She said: “Going over the top of Duke’s Pass first was amazing, but I have such a strong team. They did amazingly well today – they’re so strong. We tried some bold tactics and they worked pretty well! We did so well in the climb and we decided to go for the sprint as well. We did really well considering we don’t have an exceptional sprinter here. We can be so proud for how we raced as a team today. We will have huge smiles on our faces tonight.”

Full report

The Glasgow crowds flocked in their hundreds to George Square on Saturday morning to cheer on the 87 riders as they set off for Stage 2 towards Perth.
111 Jumi Lee (Korea National Team) withdrew before the race start.
Three riders attempted to go clear on 17km but the peloton reacted quickly to keep the main field together going into the first sprint of the stage in Aberfoyle.

37.8km Aberfoyle sprint (Motorola Solutions Queen of the Sprints Jersey competition):
1. (5pts) 2 Neah Evans (Scotland)
2. (3pts) 44 Annelies Dom (Lotto-Soudal)
3. (2pts) 82 Chiara Consonni (Valcar Cylance Cycling)
4. (1pts) 73 Alison Jackson (Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank)
Women’s Tour of Scotland 2019 | Stage 2 Glasgow to Perth – Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig – Dukes Pass QOM
45km Duke’s Pass (EventScotland Queen of the Mountains Jersey competition):
1. (8pts) 21 Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig (Bigla)
2. (6pts) 23 Elise Chabbey (Bigla)
3. (4pts) 36 Joscelin Lowden (DROPS)
4. (2pts) 26 Leah Thomas (Bigla)
5. (1pt) 122 Vita Heine (Norway National Team)

The gruelling 4km-long Duke’s Pass ascent caused the peloton to splinter into several groups, eight riders broke off at the front with 23 Elise Chabbey, 24 Nikola Noskova, 25 Mikayla Harvey and 26 Leah Thomas of Bigla all amongst the pack alongside 36 Joscelin Lowden (DROPS), 64 Krista Doebel-Hickok (Rally UHC), 71 Brodie Chapman (Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank) and 121 Stine Borgli (Norway National Team).

Women’s Tour of Scotland 2019 | Stage 2 Glasgow to Perth – Eugenia Bujak on the Dukes Pass QOM

At 50km, the leading group had a 15 second advantage ahead of the next rider, 122 Vita Heine (Norway National Team) and 1m 5 secs ahead of the peloton, before Heine caught up with the leaders.

Five kilometres further into the Trossachs trail, the nine leaders had taken a 1 minute 15 secs lead over chaser 94 Ursa Pintar (BTC City Ljubljana) who was quickly caught by the peloton.

At 70km, the leading group were 1minute and 29 secs ahead of the peloton as they approached the Strathyre sprint – won by Leah Thomas, allowing her to wear the Motorola Solutions Queen of the Sprints Jersey for day three.

71.4km Strathyresprint (Motorola Solutions Queen of the Sprints Jersey competition):
1. (5pts) 26 Leah Thomas (Bigla)
2. (3pts) 121 Stine Borgli (Norway National Team)
3. (2pts) 64 Krista Doebel-Hickok (Rally UHC Cycling)
4. (1pts) 23 Elise Chabbey (Bigla)

With the hills behind them, the peloton were able to catch the main group on the flat roads towards Perth, 71 Brodie Chapman (Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank) being the only rider to hold her lead as she rode alone 34 seconds in front of the main group with 43km left to go.
Ten kilometres later and Chapman had extended her lone advantage to 1 minute 45 secs, the Baillie Gifford Leaders jersey in sight for the Australian rider. It was this effort which saw her end the day with the most combative rider award.

110.4km Crieffsprint (Motorola Solutions Queen of the Sprints Jersey competition):
1. (5pts) 71 Brodie Chapman (Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank)
2. (3pts) 91 Eugenia Bujak (BTC City Ljubljana)
3. (2pts) 13 Ahreum Na (Ale Cipollini)
4. (1pts) 73 Alison Jackson (Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank)

The peloton pushed on and the final stretch of the race made for an incredible chase as Brodie Chapman’s lead was cut from 1 minute 45 seconds to just 9 seconds with 10km left to ride.

Women’s Tour of Scotland 2019 | Stage 2 Glasgow to Perth – Bunch Sprint win for Alison Jackson…

As the riders approached Perth, Chapman was caught by the peloton and the final 3km into the city centre turned into a bunch sprint, with Chapman’s Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank teammate Alison Jackson edging over the finish line, with Emma White (Rally UHC) and Stine Borgli (Norway National Team) close behind in second and third.

Women’s Tour of Scotland 2019 | Stage 2 Glasgow to Perth – Best Scottish, Jennifer George
Women’s Tour of Scotland Stage 3 Edinburgh

Leah Thomas Wins Inaugural Women’s Tour of Scotland.

Women’s Tour of Scotland 2019 | Stage 3 Edinburgh – Race Start

Dominant Team Bigla claim four jerseys and fire Thomas to glory.

Women’s Tour of Scotland 2019 | Stage 3 Edinburgh – Bunch Sprint finish Leah Thomas

Leah Thomas won the first-ever Women’s Tour of Scotland with a clinical sprint to cap off a frantic finish in Edinburgh’s Holyrood Park.
The 30-year-old, who was wearing the Motorola Solutions Queen of the Sprints Jersey, showed impressive power to edge off an elite leading group of riders in the bunch sprint.

The American not only took the overall crown at the inaugural event, but also kept hold of the Motorola Solutions Queen of the Sprints Jersey.
Elise Chabbey, her Bigla teammate, crossed just behind in second but that wasn’t enough to move her up enough in the GC standings as Stage 2 winner Alison Jackson finished second.

Meanwhile Stine Borgli repeated her third-placed second-stage finish in Edinburgh to finish third overall in Scotland.
With 5km left to ride it looked like Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig (Team Bigla) was set to win the race with a ten-second lead, although she was caught on the final climb.

The Dane still took home the EventScotland Queen of the Mountains Jersey for her team after an impressive five victories in the competition over the course of the weekend.

Stage 3 was a resounding success for Team Bigla with 22-year-old Belgian rider Nikola Noskova taking the Deloitte Best Young Rider Jersey, while Anna Shackley secured the Best Scottish Rider Jersey in the capital.

Stage 3 Edinburgh – stage result:
1. 26 Leah Thomas (Bigla) 3h10’04”
2. 23 Elise Chabbey (Bigla) +00”
3. 121 Stine Borgli (Norway National Team) +00”
Baillie Gifford Leaders Jersey (General Classification) result:
1. 26 Leah Thomas (Bigla) 6h34’24”
2. 73 Alison Jackson (Tibco Silicon Valley Bank) +05”
3. 121 Stine Borgli (Norway National Team) +07”

Jerseys

Baillie Gifford Leaders Jersey: overall race winner: 26 Leah Thomas (Bigla)
Motorola Solutions Queen of Sprints Jersey: 26 Leah Thomas (Bigla)
EventScotland Queen of the Mountains Jersey: 21 Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig (Bigla)
Deloitte Best Young Rider Jersey: 24 Nikola Noskova (Bigla)
Best Scottish Rider Jersey: 6 Anna Shackley (Scotland)

Rider reaction

Leah Thomas, who won the Baillie Gifford Leaders Jersey and the Motorola Solutions Queen of the Sprints Jersey was thrilled to become the first-ever winner of the Women’s Tour of Scotland in Edinburgh. She said: “Crossing the finish line in first was amazing. I would not be able to claim the jersey without the work of this team. They were amazing all day and we knew we had multiple cards to play – it just happened to come down to a sprint so I knew it would be my job to seal the deal. I was confident I could win the race if it came down to a bunch sprint, I really wanted to bring it home for the team. I wouldn’t call myself a pure sprinter, but I did the absolute best I could to win the Tour. We’ve raced really well together all week and it’s been amazing to see the teamwork and confidence that has come out of this team.”

Women’s Tour of Scotland 2019 | Stage 3 Edinburgh Stg3 Winner & Baillie Gifford Leaders Jersey GC overall Leah Thomas (Bigla)

Alison Jackson, who won Stage 2 and finished second in the overall standings, said: “Going from winning yesterday to losing the lead today is disappointing, but we are pleased with the overall team performance. Finishing in second is great, but I would have rather won the jersey. A technical team is going to do better in a race in rainy weather conditions like today. There were some unpredictable moments on the road because of the water, you can’t see some holes and some of the descents became slippery. As professional athletes, we are meant to deal with all sorts of weather. I would love to come back and race in Scotland, the courses were dynamic and exciting – it was a fantastic race.”

Stine Borgli, who finished in third in both Stage 3 and the overall standings, said: “I’m very happy with my results. We wanted to go for the sprints today because we have strong riders who can attack them. We tried to make it hard for everyone else. It was a difficult course today in Edinburgh. It didn’t look very technical but it was because of the rain making the climbs so slippery. I was in front, so I just needed to make sure I was focused to make it to the sprint in the same position. It has been a fantastic and very well-organised event. I hope to come back next year.”

Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig, who won the Queen of the Mountains Jersey, said: “It was really awesome. I mean, in general, it was just – cool! I mean, what a day for the team. We rode so well together, holy moly, and the atmosphere, even though it was pouring rain, people were out there, I even saw my name on the road! It was awesome, thanks a lot!”

Women’s Tour of Scotland 2019 | Stage 3 Edinburgh – Stage winner Leah Thomas (Bigla)

Nikola Noskova, who won the Deloitte Best Young Rider Jersey, said: “I am so happy that I have won the jersey because it was such a difficult race in the cold weather. I didn’t realise I had won the Best Young Rider Jersey until right at the end when I tried to go straight to the showers! My team has won so many jerseys so I am so proud to be a part of Bigla. Targeting all the jerseys was not in our plans, but we knew we have the riders who are capable of it. We made a great lead-out at the end and I am so pleased Leah managed to win the stage.

Anna Shackley, who won the Best Scottish Rider Jersey, said: “I am really pleased to win the jersey, especially because it was my first UCI race. I was quite surprised, but I am happy with my performance overall. The heavy rain made the surface a lot slippier when we were coming down the hill near Arthur’s Seat. It was quite scary at points, but it definitely made the race more interesting. Having the crowds at the finish line was so nice, some of them know me by name and it was so nice to hear them cheer.”

Full report

The race got off to a quick start with seven riders immediately trying to break clear of the peloton at 5km, but they were quickly caught by the main bunch as heavy rain lashed down on the capital.

Women’s Tour of Scotland 2019 | Stage 3 Edinburgh – Race Start

There were a few further breakaway attempts in the first 30km of the stage until 41 Dani Christmas broke clear with a small advantage, but again, the leader was swiftly caught.

The first 40km of the stage had passed by within the first 90 minutes of racing and all further breakaway attempts had failed with all teams represented at the front of the pack ahead of the first sprint in Innerleithen.

51.2km Innerleithen sprint (Motorola Solutions Queen of the Sprints Jersey competition)
1. (5pts) 133 Rebecca Durrell (Brother UK-Tifosi)
2. (3pts) 26 Leah Thomas (Bigla)
3. (2pts) 13 Ahreum Na (Ale Cipollini)
4. (1pts) 121 Stine Borgli (Norway National Team)

With 64km covered, Team Bigla were out in full force again heading into the only climb of Stage 3 and their team leader 21 Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig, who was wearing the Queen of the Mountains Jersey as they approached the Mound, added another eight points to her tally in the competition with another first-place finish.

70.4km The Mound/Granite climb (EventScotland Queen of the Mountains Jersey competition)
1. (8pts) 21 Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig (Bigla)
2. (6pts) 23 Elise Chabbey (Bigla)
3. (4pts) 91 Eugenia Bujak (BTC City Ljubljana)
4. (2pts) Heda Samsing (Norway National Team)

It was 52 Ann-Sophie Duyck of Parkhotel Valkenburg who gained a lone advantage over the rest of the peloton as the riders descended and her gap steadily increased to 15 seconds as the riders approached the 77km mark.

Women’s Tour of Scotland 2019 | Stage 3 Edinburgh – Holyrood Park QOM, Ann-Sophie Duyck

52 Ann-Sophie Duyck extended her advantage to 1 minute 32secs with no riders attempting to chase and headed into the Bonnyrigg sprint well ahead of the pack.

89.9km Bonnyriggsprint (Motorola Solutions Queen of the Sprints Jersey competition)
1. (5pts) 52 Ann-Sophie Duyck (Parkhotel Valkenburg)
2. (3pts) 73 Alison Jackson (Team Tibco – Silicon Valley Bank)
3. (2pts) 91 Eugenia Bujak (BTC City Ljubljana)
4. (1pts) 26 Leah Thomas (Bigla)

52 Parkhotel Valkenburg’s Ann-Sophie Duyck was leading by 1 minute and 10 seconds as the riders came out of Bonnyrigg and into Edinburgh where hundreds of spectators were waiting to cheer them through the final stretch – the three laps of Holyrood Park.

101.8km Holyrood Park, Queens Drivesprint (Motorola Solutions Queen of the Sprints Jersey competition)
1. (5pts) 52 Ann-Sophie Duyck (Parkhotel Valkenburg)
2. (3pts) 26 Leah Thomas (Bigla)
3. (2pts) 91 Eugenia Bujak (BTC City Ljubljana)
4. (1pts) 133 Rebecca Durrell (Brother UK – Tifosi)

52 Ann-Sophie Duyck was the first to approach Arthur’s Seat but she was caught by peloton midway through the first lap as the competition began to hot up for the Baillie Gifford Leaders jersey.

Women’s Tour of Scotland 2019 | Stage 3 Edinburgh – Holyrood Park QOM, Bigla setting pace..

Four Bigla riders were in the front pack allowing 21 Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig to do what she does best and storm to the front on the climb, winning her second successive climb of the stage and fourth of the Tour.

103km Holyrood Park (EventScotland Queen of the Mountains Jersey competition)
1. (8pts) 21 Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig (Bigla)
2. (6pts) 122 Vita Heine (Norway National Team)
3. (4pts) 23 Elise Chabbey (Bigla)
4. (2pts) 24 Nikola Noskova (Bigla)

As the riders approached the final lap, it was Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig who had a ten-second advantage over a chasing group of ten riders, which featured yellow jersey wearer Alison Jackson (Team Tibco – Silicon Valley Bank).

108km Holyrood Park (EventScotland Queen of the Mountains Jersey competition)
1. (8pts) 21 Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig (Bigla)
2. (6pts) 46 Julie Van de Velde (Lotto-Soudal Ladies)
3. (4pts) 23 Elise Chabbey (Bigla)
4. (2pts) 16 Eri Yonamine (Ale Cipollini)
5, (1pts) 26 Leah Thomas (Bigla)

She had already won every climb of the Tour, securing the EventScotland Queen of the Mountains jersey regardless of the final result but Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig was unable to hold on for the last lap of the race as she was caught by the chasing group midway through.

113km Holyrood Park (EventScotland Queen of the Mountains Jersey competition)
1.(8pts) 46 Julie Van de Velde (Lotto-Soudal Ladies)
2.(6pts) 23 Elise Chabbey (Bigla)
3.(4pts)26 Leah Thomas (Bigla)
4. (2pts) 16 Eri Yonamine (Ale Cipollini)
5. (1pts) 122 Vita Heine (Norway National Team)

But Team Bigla played their cards right. The leading group split as the riders hurtled towards the finish but Leah Thomas and Elise Chabbey powered over the finish line in first and second, with Norway National Team’s Stine Borgli finishing narrowly behind in third.

Women’s Tour of Scotland 2019 | Stage 1 Dundee to Dunfermline – Jadan Weldtite p/b Vive le Velo & Cinelli Bikes…
Women’s Tour of Scotland 2019 | Stage 3 Edinburgh – Bigla
Women’s Tour of Scotland 2019 | Stage 3 Edinburgh – Emma White
Women’s Tour of Scotland 2019 | Stage 2 Glasgow to Perth – Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig – Dukes Pass QOM
Women’s Tour of Scotland 2019 | Stage 3 Edinburgh – Team Tibco
Women’s Tour of Scotland 2019 | Stage 3 Edinburgh – Dani Christmas
Women’s Tour of Scotland 2019 | Stage 2 Glasgow to Perth – Anna Shackley
Women’s Tour of Scotland 2019 | Stage 3 Edinburgh – Sophie Thackray
Women’s Tour of Scotland 2019 | Stage 2 Glasgow to Perth – Emma White
Women’s Tour of Scotland 2019 | Stage 3 Edinburgh – Abby-Mae Parkinson