• Lisa Brennauer took the stage and yellow jersey on Stage 4 of the Aviva Women's Tour (Balint Hamvas)Source: Balint Hamvas
Lisa Brennauer reclaimed the overall lead at the Aviva Women's Tour after winning the 102km stage from Waltham Cross to Stevenage in a sprint.
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Cycling Central

21 Jun 2015 - 7:31 AM 

The Velocio-SRAM rider overpowered Emma Johansson (Orica-AIS) and Lotta Lepistö (Bigla), with overnight leader Christine Majerus (Boels Dolmans) fourth.

"When the rain came I knew it would be tricky but I went around the final corners safely and chose a good wheel in Emma Johansson and came off from there," Brennauer said.

Brennauer led the chase into Stevenage as the dangerous pairing of Sabrina Stultiens (Liv-Plantur) and Elisa Longo Borghini (Wiggle Honda) battled away at at the front to break the peloton.

"The chase was difficult because of the undulating course and the quality of the riders up the road and I wasn't quite sure we would see them again before the finish,” Brennauer said.

The break's advantage reached almost one minute with just under 20km to go, but were steadily pegged back as the peloton rode through wet and slippery conditions.

The leading pair fell to the peloton with one kilometre to go as the sprint teams organised themselves for a fast finish with Brennauer powering through ahead of Johansson and Lepistö.

She now leads Majerus by nine seconds on the general classification with Jolien D'Hoore (Wiggle Honda) at 10 seconds as the race heads into the final 102.6km stage which finishes in Hempstead.

"It's going to be an exciting day and it is so close that there are seconds on the road that everybody will fight for before the final finish, but me and my team are going to do our best to bring this jersey home now that we have it back,” Brennauer said.

“We raced very well today as a team and that will give us confidence for the final day. Our morale is very good. We have had a rider on the podium of every stage. The spirit is good and that is a very good way to start the final stage.”

Stage 4: 102km, Waltham Cross - Stevenage
1 Lisa Brennauer (GER) Velocio-SRAM 2hr 36min 35sec
2 Emma Johansson (SWE) Orica-AIS
3 Lotta Lepistö (FIN) Bigla
4 Christine Majerus (LUX) Boels Dolmans
5 Hannah Barnes (GBR) Unitedhealthcare
6 Amalie Dideriksen (DEN) Boels Dolmans
7 Alexis Ryan (USA) Unitedhealthcare
8 Sara Mustonen (SWE) Liv-Plantur
9 Elisa Longo Borghini (ITA) Wiggle Honda
10 Sabrina Stultiens (NED) Liv-Plantur

General classification
1 Lisa Brennauer (GER) Velocio-SRAM 12hr 22min 35sec
2 Christine Majerus (LUX) Boels Dolmans 0:00:09
3 Jolien D'Hoore (BEL) Wiggle Honda 0:00:10
4 Emma Johansson (SWE) Orica-AIS 0:00:11
5 Hannah Barnes (GBR) Unitedhealthcare 0:00:22
6 Alexis Ryan (USA) Unitedhealthcare 0:00:28
7 Pascale Jeuland (FRA) Poitou-Charentes.Futuroscope.89
8 Maria Giulia Confalonieri (ITA) Ale Cipollini
9 Susanna Zorzi (ITA) Lotto Soudal Ladies
10 Simona Frapporti (ITA) Ale Cipollini