Tour de Yorkshire (st. 1)
French sprinter from Movistar Team close to first 2019 podium finish in her first race back after the classics, following good teamwork from all Blues in Britain.
Lorena Wiebes (PHV) took a resounding victory at the end of the 132km stage one in the Tour de Yorkshire, a day initially soaked in rain yet drier as the peloton approached Bedale. At the finish, the Dutchwoman comfortably bested Christine Majerus (DLT), Allison Jackson (TIB)… and a great Roxane Fournier (Movistar Team), 4th over the line.
The French sprinter had unanimous, relentless support from her five team-mates. Llamas, García and Merino followed the moves behind an early, six-rider breakaway; Lourdes Oyarbide and Merino herself worked to neutralize the break inside the last 15km; and Alba Teruel offered Fournier a final hand, leading her out into a good position before the sprint, where she progressed to third place -Wiebes and Majerus well ahead- before being pipped by Jackson in the last bike throw.
It was another good result from Fournier, her sixth top-ten placing in 15 racing days this season, before the Queen, decisive stage on Sunday, an identical 132km towards Scarborough with up to five rated ascents which could make for a tough finish -the final 30km, even if rolling, will be as flat as today-.
Cover picture (c): Sean Robinson / Velofocus