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Women’s Tour of Britain: Lorena Wiebes powers to victory on stage three

Dutch cyclist Lorena Wiebes claimed victory on stage three of the Women’s Tour of Britain to hand Team SD Worx-Protime a third consecutive win.

Led out by her team-mate and overall leader Lotte Kopecky, sprint specialist Wiebes launched her attack to the line with 200m remaining of the 106.8km stage which started and finished in Warrington.

Charlotte Kool, of Team dsm-firmenich PostNL, was her closest challenger but Wiebes had enough power to hold off her compatriot and win by a bike length.

Liv AlUla Jayco’s Australian rider Georgia Baker finished third.

“It was a really fast finish, and I was like, ‘oh, it’s only 200 metres to go’, so I started my sprint, and I was happy to deliver for the team,” said Wiebes.

“It’s always nice to finish it off after the girls did so much work. There is one more day to go, so we go full for it again.”

British pair Jo Tindley, of Pro-Noctis-200° Coffee-Hargreaves Contracting, and Lifeplus-Wahoo’s Maddie Leech led a breakaway four kilometres into the race, opening up a four minute lead.

However, mechanical problems meant Leech had to drop back, while Tindley was caught 12km from the finish.

SD Worx-Protime, led by Belgian Kopecky in the green jersey, took control and paved a path for Wiebes to guide them to victory.

Kopecky retains her 17-second advantage over Britain’s Anna Henderson, while Italy’s Letizia Paternoster, riding for Liv AlUla Jayco, remains third.

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