The hard work pays off for Roy with victory on stage three of the Women’s Tour

Fri 15 Jun 2018

A stage winner in 2017, Australian Sarah Roy has repeated the feat for Mitchelton-SCOTT on stage three of the OVO Energy Women’s Tour, sprinting to the win from a reduced leading group in Royal Leamington Spa.

A fast and undulating stage saw numerous attacks throughout before the peloton split for good over the closing kilometres with yesterday’s fifth place finisher Gracie Elvin alongside Roy, Alex Manly and Georgia Williams in the leading group.

With tension building and more attacks springing into the final, the group came back together for the bunch kick with Roy producing a dominant ride for the Australian outfit's second stage win at this year’s race after Jolien D’hoore’s victory on stage one.

Decisive moments 

Another day of rolling roads across the narrow lanes of the British countryside saw the plenty of early attacks, but all marked closely by the peloton until two riders managed to go clear with around 90kilometres left to race.

Gaining close to four minutes on the bunch the duo was chased by a lone pursuer for a while before being swallowed by the peloton close to Holloway Hill with 60kilometres left to race.

The gap to the leading duo started to fall over the final 45kilometres and they were caught by the peloton close to Edge Hill as the pace ramped up significantly.

Attacks continued to fly splitting the peloton in two with Elvin, Manly, Williams and Roy all part of a 35-rider front group that flew towards the finish at Royal Leamington Spa and despite more action it was a compact group that held together after great work by Mitchelton-SCOTT marking the attacks.

Manly drove Roy into a good position through the final corners and the 32-year-old did the rest, jumping from Marianne Vos’s wheel to take a great win.

Sarah Roy – Stage Winner:

“I really didn’t expect this today and as always the whole team was amazing. Alex, Georgia and Gracie were all with me in that leading group and did such a great job of shutting moves down and then Alex produced a super strong effort to get me into a perfect position for the sprint.”

“We rode like a well-oiled machine out there today and we just knew the right things to do at the right time, it came together really well. The last few climbs were steep and really tough and at 150kilometres it was a long day out and it’s pretty cool to get the win.

“Jolien was in the second group behind us and she came in on the radio before we hit the final and told me to get on third wheel before the last corner and I focused on that, her coaching really helped today, but I am super impressed with how Alex rode, she was awesome in the final.”

Sport director Martin Vestby:

“What can I say? The team are going so well at the moment and the trust they are showing each other is really impressive."

"They made great decisions out on the road and sometimes when you have options it can be complicated, and it comes down to the race situation and what decisions are made on the road and the team are certainly making the right ones.

“After starting so well with Jolien’s win on stage one we thought we could relax a little and the pressure was off, but the girls have kept pushing and they were brilliant again today.”

OVO Energy Women’s Tour stage three results:

1. Sarah Roy (Mitchelton-SCOTT) 03:55:09

2. Giorgia Bronzini (Cylance-Pro-Cycling) ST

3. Marianne Vos (WaowDeals-Pro-Cycling) ST

General Classification after stage three:

1. Coryn Rivera (Team-Sunweb) 11:17:27

2. Marianne Vos (WaowDeals-Pro-Cycling) +0:16

3. Danielle Roy (WaowDeals-Pro-Cycling) +0:20

17. Sarah Roy (Mitchelton-SCOTT) +0:34

Photos courtesy of Getty Images.