• Christine Majerus, Lisa Brennauer and Jolien D'hoore took the top three positions at the Aviva Women's Tour (AWT) (Aviva Women's Tour)Source: Aviva Women's Tour
Lisa Brennauer secured the overall victory at the Aviva Women's Tour after Hannah Barnes won the final 102.6km stage from Marlow to Hemel Hempstead.
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Cycling Central

22 Jun 2015 - 5:46 AM  UPDATED 22 Jun 2015 - 5:47 AM

Barnes (UnitedHealthcare) sprinted to victory as the peloton again caught the day's break of Claudia Lichtenberg (Liv-Plantur) and Audrey Cordon (Wiggle Honda) inside the final kilometre.

Jolien D'hoore (Wiggle Honda) took second with Simona Frapporti (Ale Cipollini) third, while general classification Contenders Brennauer (Velocio-SRAM), Christine Majerus (Boels Dolmans) and Emma Johansson (Orica-AIS) took fourth, fifth and seventh.

Brennauer, the world time trial champion's added the points jersey to her yellow, finishing with a six second advantage over D'hoore with Majerus another second back.

"This Tour is one of the biggest events on the women's calendar, so this victory means a lot to me. It was a great victory for me, but also for the whole team. A big thanks to all my team mates,” Brennauer said.

"I have to thank my team mates, it wasn't easy today, it was a tough stage with all the hills and a lot of hard attacks.

"I worked hard yesterday to get the jersey back. I missed some of the intermediate sprints. I wanted to get to the point where I could give back to my team-mates for all their hard work.”

A lead group of four riders, including Australia’s Gracie Elvin (Orica-AIS), formed early on but were caught by the top of the first climb of Cryers Hill as the general classification contenders fought for bonus seconds at the first intermediate sprint shortly after.

Lichtenberg then attacked on one of the day's climbs with Wiggle Honda's Cordon the only rider to bridge with just thirteen kilometres remaining. But the escape could not stick and Barnes snatched the win in Hemel Hempstead.

"This was the biggest aim of the year, so I'm happy to have pulled it off,” Barnes said. “I knew it would be hard in the Chilterns and what to expect.

The sprint was crazy, very difficult. I got boxed at 100 metres to go but thankfully got free.”

With breakaway riders sweeping up the big points at both climbs, Australian Melissa Hoskins (Orica-AIS) extended her lead by a point to keep hold of the polka dot jersey ahead of Elise Delzenne (Velocio-SRAM).

The Boels Dolmans team added the team classification to their two stage wins with Elisa Longo Borghini.

Stage 5: 102.6km, Marlow - Hemel Hempstead
1 Hannah Barnes (GBR) Unitedhealthcare 2hr 40min 51sec
2 Jolien D'Hoore (BEL) Wiggle Honda
3 Simona Frapporti (ITA) Ale Cipollini
4 Lisa Brennauer (GER) Velocio-SRAM
5 Christine Majerus (LUX) Boels Dolmans
6 Sara Mustonen (SWE) Liv-Plantur
7 Emma Johansson (SWE) Orica-AIS
8 Katie Archibald (GBR) Pearl Izumi Sport Tours
9 Maria Giulia Confalonieri (ITA) Ale Cipollini
10 Roxane Knetemann (NED) Rabo Liv Women

General classification
1 Lisa Brennauer (GER) Velocio-SRAM 15hr 03min 24sec
2 Jolien D'Hoore (BEL) Wiggle Honda 0:00:06
3 Christine Majerus (LUX) Boels Dolmans 0:00:07
4 Emma Johansson (SWE) Orica-AIS 0:00:13
5 Hannah Barnes (GBR) Unitedhealthcare 0:00:14
6 Simona Frapporti (ITA) Ale Cipollini 0:00:26
7 Leah Kirchmann (CAN) Optum-Kelly Benefit Strategies 0:00:29
8 Alexis Ryan (USA) Unitedhealthcare 0:00:30
9 Pascale Jeuland (FRA) Poitou-Charentes.Futuroscope.89
10 Maria Giulia Confalonieri (ITA) Ale Cipollini