• Lorena Wiebes of Netherlands and Team DSM celebrates at the finish line after winning stage 4 of the Women's Tour (Getty Images)Source: Getty Images
A powerful uphill sprint has helped Lorena Wiebes secure her first ever win at the Women’s Tour with victory on Stage four in Southend
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8 Oct - 8:37 AM 

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The Team DSM rider produced a dominant sprint finish to edge Chiara Consonni (Valcar-Travel & Service) and Aussie Chloe Hosking (Trek Segafredo).

Dutch star Demi Vollering remains in the race leaders jersey after finishing the stage in 21st.

Vollering holds a 69-second lead ahead of Juliette Labous with only two stages remaining.

Several early attempts to form a breakaway on the 117.8km stage, which began in Shoeburyness, proved fruitless before Janneke Ensing (Team BikeExchange) soloed away from the bunch to take the first intermediate sprint at Burnham-on-Crouch after 50.7km.

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After Ensing was caught by the peloton, Lourdes Oyarbide of Movistar Team launched a lone attack of her own with Anna Christian (Drops-Le Col s/b Tempur) trying to bridge across.

Oyarbide was eventually swallowed up by the peloton before Wiebes won the second intermediate sprint at Woodham Ferrers with 92.3km raced.

There were numerous late attacks and Elise Chabbey (Canyon-SRAM) won the only categorised climb of the day at Hambro Hill.

The sprinters’ teams managed to keep the bunch together on the approach to Southend and Wiebes took the win.
“The win means a lot. We really went for this win,” Wiebes said.

“Pfeiffer Georgi was really close at stage two so I’m really happy for the team that we took it today.

“I lost the girls [in the final kilometres] but I found my own way in the peloton. At the end I was in the wheels of Valcar and I opened up my sprint with 150 metres to go and, yeah, it was good!”

Race leader Vollering was happy her first day in the blue jersey went without drama and was confident in her chances heading into the final stages.

“My team stayed on the front and really controlled it, so that was nice,” Vollering said.

“A lot of other teams wanted to sprint here, so we were not the only ones who wanted to keep together. That made it a bit more easy for us.

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It was a strong day for the Australian riders with Hosking finishing in third and Sarah Roy of Team BikeExchange in seventh.

Stage five of the AJ Bell Women’s Tour starts at Colchester’s Northern Gateway Park at 11:30 taking a 95.4-kilometre (59.3-mile) route to finish on Clacton-on-Sea’s Marina Parade.