Women’s Tour of the Wolds

After a tough race in the Women’s Tour of the Wolds, Elizabeth Banks sprinted to victory from a small group in Louth

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Women’s Tour of the Wolds

After a tough race in the Women’s Tour of the Wolds, Elizabeth Banks sprinted to victory from a small group in Louth

The SunSport Velo rider, winner of the Capernway Road Race last weekend, was one of six riders to make the key break who held off the chase from behind on the four finishing circuits of the town.

Second in the sprint was the Isle of Man’s Anna Christian from Storey Racing’s Chanel Mason. Team Ford Ecoboost’s Nikki Juniper, crashed on the final lap of four through Louth and we hope she is okay as it was a very heavy fall.

The neutralised part of the race was extended as the race waited for a rider to regain her place in the peloton.

Once the flag had dropped, so were many of the riders. The pace at the front of the race shot up and on the very hilly roads, that proved too much for many of the women who were shelled from the peloton getting ever smaller. As the race went on, the peloton kept on splitting and no wonder with the speed of the first hour a very quick, for these roads, of over 41 kph.

Nikki Juniper, a multiple winner of the Women’s Series, leads the break into Louth

On the single lap of the Nettleton circuit, a break escaped and looking at the names, it was no surprise to see them opening up a gap. Christian, Juniper, Mason and Banks were joined by a duo from Team WNT in the form of time trial champion and record holder Hayley Simmonds and Natalie Grinczer.

The group quickly established a minute’s lead over the chasing group, which stretched out to 70 seconds as the front six approached Louth and the finishing circuit. Behind, the Drops cycling team dominated the chase group and were keeping the break honest and whilst the gap was coming down as both groups were drilling it around the streets of Louth, the leaders never looked like being caught.

And so they weren’t with Banks getting her biggest win to date in a race that did the Women’s National Series proud.

Anna Simpson chasing the break in a group dominated by the Drops team

Rebecca Durrell wins the sprint for sixth place

1 Elizabeth Banks SunSport Velo 02:34:35
2 Anna Christian Drops Cycling Team 02:34:36
3 Chanel Mason Storey Racing 02:34:37
4 Hayley Simmonds Team WNT 02:34:38
5 Natalie Grinczer Team WNT 02:34:39
6 Rebecca Durrell Drops Cycling Team 02:35:07
7 Rebecca Womersley Drops Cycling Team 02:35:08
8 Rose Osborne Drops Cycling Team 02:35:08
9 Sian Botteley Cycle Team OnForm 02:35:08
10 Hannah Payton Drops Cycling Team 02:35:08
11 Amy Hill Cycle Team OnForm 02:35:09
12 Anna Henderson Cycle Team OnForm 02:35:09
13 Jennifer Holden Fusion RT Fierlan 02:35:09
14 Lucy Horrocks Team Vertex-Biemme 02:35:09
15 Abigail Van Twisk Drops Cycling Team 02:35:09
16 Jennifer George Storey Racing 02:35:10
17 Tamara Davenne Team Vision Innovative Leisure 02:35:10
18 Charlotte Colclough Bianchi Dama UK 02:35:10
19 Holly Flannery Team Jadan-Weldtite 02:35:11
20 Alicia Speake Cycle Team OnForm 02:35:11
21 Steph Clayton Mammoth Lifestyle Racing Team 02:35:11
22 Gemma Sargent Cycle Team OnForm 02:35:11
23 Jennifer Powell Team Ford Ecoboost 02:35:11
24 Annabel Simpson Drops Cycling Team 02:36:27
25 Fiona Hunter Johnston Fusion RT Fierlan 02:37:45
26 Pfeiffer Georgi Liv Cycling Club – Epic Coachin No Time
27 Lauren Murphy Liv Cycling Club – Epic Coachin No Time
28 Elizabeth-Jane Harris Storey Racing No Time
29 Rebecca Goodson Velo Schils – Interbike RT No Time
30 Lauren Creamer Team Ford Ecoboost No Time
31 Melissa Brand Team Ford Ecoboost No Time
32 Fiona Turnbull Speedflex Race Team No Time
33 Rebecca Rimmington Team WNT No Time
34 Hannah Larbalestier SunSport Velo No Time
35 Bethany Crumpton Storey Racing No Time
36 Georgina Panchaud Bianchi Dama UK No Time
37 Joscelin Lowden Aprire Bicycles/HSS Hire No Time
38 Josie Knight Team WNT No Time
39 Laura Cameron Storey Racing No Time
40 Hannah Walker Team WNT No Time
41 Sarah King Bianchi Dama UK No Time
42 Emma Cockcroft Bianchi Dama UK No Time
43 Monica Dew Storey Racing No Time
44 Christine Marshall Team Vertex-Biemme No Time
45 Georgia Bullard Team Jadan-Weldtite No Time
46 Natasha Reddy Team Vision Innovative Leisure No Time
47 Kelly Murphy Team Ford Ecoboost No Time
48 Sophie Enever Team 22 No Time
49 Kate Mingay Newport Olympic Cycling Club No Time
50 Rosie Walsh SunSport Velo No Time
51 Charlotte Dalton Team Jadan-Weldtite No Time
52 Louise Hart Team Vision Innovative Leisure No Time
53 Hannah Righini-Brand EDCO Continental No Time
54 Rebecca Richardson Hafren CC No Time
55 Corrine Hall MBE Team RGB Building Supplies No Time
56 Amy Gornall Secret-Training.cc No Time
57 Anna Weaver Team Vertex-Biemme No Time
58 Louise Scupham Team Jadan-Weldtite No Time
59 Rachel Crighton Team 22 No Time
60 Bethany Taylor Team Vertex-Biemme No Time
61 Josephine Gilbert Team Vertex-Biemme No Time
62 Sophie Household Team Vertex-Biemme No Time
63 Chloe Fraser The Racing Chance Foundation No Time
64 Joanne Clay TORQ Performance No Time
65 Christie Jones Hereford & District Wheelers No Time
66 Alana Prior EDCO Continental No Time
67 Tara Ferguson Isle Of Man Cycling Association No Time
68 Savannah Morgan Team 22 No Time
69 Rosa Martin Team 22 No Time
70 Madeleine Gammons Team Vision Innovative Leisure No Time
71 Rebecca Richards Newark Castle CC No Time
72 Lily Greenhalgh Team 22 No Time
73 Crystal Lane-Wright Aprire Bicycles/HSS Hire No Time




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