Garner wins Best British Rider jersey at Friends Life Women's Tour

Garner wins Best British Rider jersey at Friends Life Women's Tour

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Lucy Garner won the Best British Rider jersey as the inaugural Friends Life Women’s Tour concluded on Sunday.

The 19-year-old Great Britain Cycling Team rider finished 12th on the final stage and seventh overall.

Double junior world champion Garner had gone into the final day, a 108.3-kilometre journey from Harwich to Bury St Edmunds, leading the Best British Rider classification after Lizzie Armitstead withdrew due to illness.

Dutch world champion Marianne Vos won the final stage – her third successive victory – and with it the general classification.

On winning the jersey, Garner said: “I really wanted to be wearing this so once I knew (Liz) wasn’t doing it that was an aim and to just try and stay where I was in the GC.

“My aim was to get a top three in a stage so it was nice to get that yesterday. It was just nice to get that opportunity.

“It’s been amazing, every day has been incredible. Going on the podium and everyone is cheering you, it’s such a nice feeling that they are backing you and supporting us.”

Former time-trial world champion Emma Pooley was part of a four-person break which lasted until the final 15km.

Pooley, who won the most combative rider award on Saturday’s stage four, was joined by Lauren Hall, Loes Gunnewijk and Lisa Brennauer in Raydon, 28 kilometres into the stage.

A puncture forced Pooley back in the peloton before Hall, Gunnewijk and Brennauer were pulled back with 10 kilometres remaining.

Vos then came out on top of the bunch sprint to become the first ever winner of The Women’s Tour.


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