The Women's Tour
Stage 5: Harwich - Bury St Edmunds - Stage Details

Emma Johansson sprinted to fifth place in Bury on the final stage of the Friends Life Women’s Tour. Finishing on bunch time was enough to keep Johansson in second overall, ultimately 30” behind race winner Marianne Vos (Rabobank Liv). The World Champion took her third stage win in as many days, edging out Giorgia Bronzini (Wiggle Honda) and Amy Pieters (Netherlands) to the stage five finish line.

Loes Gunnewijk spent the day in the breakaway, set up for her tenure down the road by her ORICA-AIS teammates. Valentina Scandolara was the first from the Australian outfit to throw down an attack. Gracie Elvin, all day on the attack on stage four, resumed her efforts on stage five following Scandolara’s catch. Gunnewijk countered Elvin’s attempt, bridging up to Emma Pooley (Lotto Belisol) and Lauren Hall (Optum). Lisa Brennauer (Specialized-lululemon) had made the juncture with Gunnewijk, and a four rider move that would dominate the day took shape.

The cooperation amongst the leaders put Rabobank-Liv on the defensive. It took four from their troops to keep the break in check. Wiggle Honda contributed to the chase efforts with the breakaway in sight. Ten kilometres from the finish, the race was back together again.

Whilst most teams were resigned to a field sprint, ORICA-AIS had yet to concede hope was lost. Elvin, Gunnewijk and Johansson each threw multiple missives. An attack by Johansson proved particularly promising, inciting an animated reaction from the field. Briefly eight riders broke away from the bunch. When Johansson realised Vos had made the split, she sat up, showing her refusal to take the race leader to the line.

Despite the team’s best efforts, the stage came down to a sprint. Vos easily outkicked Bronzini for the win. Johansson, slightly spent from her late race attacks, managed fifth place in the finale.

"When we hit the last ten kilometres, everything came back together. We did some really good attacks – me, Gracie and Loes. We played the game all the way to the end. Maybe I spent too much with attacks for being fresh in the final, but I prefer to give it a crack for the general classification. I know that maybe I lose a podium place or a chance for a win on the stage with those attacks, but that was my choice." - Emma Johansson

"Overall we achieved our goals for the days even if we didn’t get the win. We made Marianne and her team really work for it. It was messy in the last few kilometres, and I lost contact with Emma, which left her alone at the front. She probably could have used one more rider up there to help in the sprint, but we were all spent at the point." - Gracie Elvin

"All in all, it was a reasonably good stage for us. We didn’t get the grand finale we had wanted, but if you look at the big picture, it’s been a great race for us – both in terms of results and execution." - Sport Director Martin Barras  

Results

Place Rider/Team Time
1 Marianne Vos (Ned) - Rabo Liv women cycling team 2:48:10
2 Giorgia Bronzini (Ita) - Wiggle Honda ST
3 Amy Pieters (Ned) - Netherlands ST
4 Hannah Barnes (GBr) - UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling ST
5 Emma Johansson (Swe) - ORICA-AIS ST
6 Elena Cecchini (Ita) - Estado de Mexico Faren ST
7 Chloe Hosking (Aus) - Hitec products ST
8 Aude Biannic (Fra) - Lointek ST
9 Elise Delzenne (Fra) - Specialized Lululemon ST
10 Leah Kirchmann (Can) - Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies ST
Place Mitchelton-SCOTT Riders Time
5 Emma Johansson (Swe) - ORICA-AIS ST
29 Gracie Elvin (Aus) - ORICA-AIS ST
41 Loes Gunnewijk (Ned) - ORICA-AIS ST
46 Annette Edmondson (Aus) - ORICA-AIS ST
47 Shara Gillow (Aus) - ORICA-AIS ST
69 Valentina Scandolara (Ita) - ORICA-AIS 0:16:08