The Women's Tour - Race Overview

Emma Johansson scored her fourth win of the season, sprinting to victory on the opening stage of the inaugural Friends Life Women’s Tour. The Swedish all-rounder edged out World Champion Marianne Vos (Rabobank-Liv) in a hotly contested field sprint to pull on the yellow leader’s jersey in Northampton. 

By race end, Johansson had slipped down to second behind Vos but not for lack of a full-blown effort by her ORICA-AIS to win the race. Despite missing out on the overall win, it's an inarguably successful week. The Australian outfit leaves the Friends Life Women’s Tour with one stage win, one stage podium, second on the overall classification and the honour of wearing the first race leader’s jersey in the inaugural event - all courtesy of Johansson. 

"From a team perspective, we’re very happy with the race. It’s been really nice to play lots of cards again every day. For us, it’s been a good week. It’s given us a lot of confidence, and I think we’ve shown other teams that we’re back to our strength again. They didn’t know what to expect from us or how we were going to race, and I think that’s a good thing as well.

"Every single day of this race was amazing. We are all so impressed with the race organisation. The stages have been much harder than I thought they would be. The weather has been a bit of everything, and I think that makes the racing even more interesting. And the crowds – the crowds were awesome. Everyone here is so friendly and excited about the race, and I think that’s been one of the best parts of the week." - Emma Johansson

"At the end of the week, I think we’re all really happy that we rode as well as we did as a team. We communicated well, and we executed our plans nearly perfectly every day. I think we can all feel really proud ourselves.

"The week as a whole exceeded our expectations. I think a lot of us had heard all the hype, but we weren’t exactly sure what to expect. Let me go on record and say this race lived up to all the pre-promotion. The Friends Life Women’s Tour wants to be the premiere event for women’s cycling, and they’re well on their way – if not already there! I think the momentum they’ve created will continue and carry out throughout the season. We’re all already looking forward to coming back next year – and I bet they have an even bigger and better tour in store for us." - Gracie Elvin

 

General Classification

Place Rider/Team Time
1 Marianne Vos (Ned) - Rabo Liv women cycling team 12:42:07
2 Emma Johansson (Swe) - ORICA-AIS 0:00:30
3 Rossella Ratto (Ita) - Estado de Mexico Faren 0:00:35
4 Giorgia Bronzini (Ita) - Wiggle Honda 0:00:38
5 Susanna Zorzi (Ita) - Astana Bepink womens team 0:00:44
6 Amy Pieters (Ned) - Netherlands 0:00:50
7 Lucy Garner (GBr) - Great Britain ST
8 Hannah Barnes (GBr) - UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling ST
9 Lauren Hall (USA) - Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies 0:00:52
10 Elena Cecchini (Ita) - Estado de Mexico Faren 0:00:54
Place Mitchelton-SCOTT Riders Time
2 Emma Johansson (Swe) - ORICA-AIS 0:00:30
17 Gracie Elvin (Aus) - ORICA-AIS 0:00:56
18 Loes Gunnewijk (Ned) - ORICA-AIS ST
32 Shara Gillow (Aus) - ORICA-AIS 0:00:58
58 Annette Edmondson (Aus) - ORICA-AIS 0:16:39
61 Valentina Scandolara (Ita) - ORICA-AIS 0:18:15