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Women’s Cycling Tour stages 3 and 4: Wiebes and Brown win, Jackson DNS

Rainy weather created tough racing conditions

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The Women’s Tour in Britain continues to provide some aggressive and exciting racing, with Lorena Weibes taking stage three, and Grace Brown winning stage four.

Wiebes took the win on Wednesday, out of a small leading group after tough racing shattered the peloton. Stage three saw the field ride 107.9 km Tewkesbury to Gloucester. Alexandra Manly (Team BikeExchange-Jayco) tried to start the sprint early, but she was no match for Wiebes. Coryn Labecki (Team Jumbo-Visma) took third. Wiebes also took the leader’s jersey. Canada’s Alison Jackson (Liv) was unable to start the race due to illness. Leah Kirchmann finished 55th, in the second main group that formed after the split.

On Thursday, Grace Brown (FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope) took stage 4 in a small group of three riders. Brown would win the 144.7 km race from Wrexham to Welshpool over Polish rider Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Canyon/SRAM) and Italian national champion Elisa Longo Borghini (Trek-Segafredo). Brown launched from a smaller breakaway up one of the many tough climbs toward the finish of the race.

Longo Borghini led out the sprint, but Brown managed to come around here just before the finish. Niewiadoma also managed to come around Longo Borghini to steal second. Brown also took over the overall jersey. Leah Kirchmann finished in 54th after another day of working hard for her DSM squad.

Friday’s stage should definitely make or break the G.C. with a tough finish up Black Mountain.