• Christine Majerus delivered an opening stage victory at the Aviva Women's Tour for Boels-Dolmans (Velofocus)Source: Velofocus
Christine Majerus sprinted to victory in Norwich to clinch the opening stage of the Aviva Women's Tour and with it the race lead.
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Aviva Women's Tour

16 Jun 2016 - 9:21 AM  UPDATED 16 Jun 2016 - 9:23 AM

The Boels Dolmans rider took her first UCI Women's WorldTour victory, pipping Marianne Vos (Rabobank-Liv) and Giorgia Bronzini (Wiggle High5).

Cylance's Alison Tetrick was caught in the final 100 metres of the stage into Norwich city centre after spending the final 21km in a solo break building a lead that at one-point reached almost two-minutes. 

But the technical run through the centre of Norwich, and the uphill drag to the finish lineproved her undoing as she was overwhelmed before the finish.

“I didn’t come to the race with personal ambitions,” Majerus said. “But we had a look at the finish yesterday, and we knew it was going to be fast, hectic and dangerous in the sprint.

“In the last 10 kilometres, I had to do nothing except follow Lizzie’s (Armitstead) wheel. She moved me around perfectly and kind of dropped me off in the last left hand corner before it started to go uphill again.”

“I did not turn first because Lucina Brand (Rabo Liv) kind of toppled me, and there was still the one rider out front. In the last 150 metres, Tetrick still had a small gap, and it was all chaotic with the motorbikes. I had to make some place to open my sprint.”

“I was the protected rider today, I had to spin to the finish and be fresh for the sprint. That was it. And that’s what happened."

Tetrick did claim the day's combativity prize for her fighting ride that so nearly paid fruit, despite a near crash earlier in the stage, until the final corner when first Majerus, and then Vos brushed her aside.

Majerus also claimed the Points Jersey, with her stage win giving her the advantage over Vos, with the two level on 15 points apiece.

Top Brit on the day was Lizzie Armitstead (Boels Dolmans) in 18th, while Ilona Hoeksma of the Parkhotel Valkenburg team leads the Strava Queen of the Mountains competition over Orica-AIS rider Taylor Wiles.

Liv Plantur's Floortje Mackaij wears the Best Young Rider Jersey, taking a three second advantage over Rossella Ratto into day two of the Aviva Women's Tour.