Christine Majerus sprinted to victory through roads that took in the likes of Harleston and Attleborough to clinch the opening stage of the Aviva Women’s Tour this afternoon.
Some of cycling’s biggest female names came through the area, which also included Pulham St Mary, Pulham Market and Old Buckenham, at lunchtime.
It was Boels Dolmans rider Majerus that took her first UCI Women’s WorldTour victory, pipping Marianne Vos and Giorgia Bronzini as Cylance Pro Cycling’s Alison Tetrick was caught in the final 100-metres of the stage into Norwich city centre.
The 31-year-old American spent the final 21-kilometres in a solo break on the Norfolk roads, building a lead at one-point of almost two-minutes. But come the technical run through the centre of Norwich, and the uphill drag to the finish line in the Market Place the Cylance rider was pipped, holding on to finish eighth, just ahead of a six second time gap.
Tetrick did claim the day’s combativity prize for her fighting ride that so nearly paid fruit, especialy after she had been brought down in a crash earlier in the stage, until the final corner when first Majerus, and then Vos brushed her aside.
Majerus also claimed the Chain Reaction Cycles Points Jersey, with her stage win giving her the advantage over Vos, with the two level on 15-points apiece.
The top Brit on the day was Olympic hopeful Lizzie Armitstead in 18th, pulling on the Adnams Best British Rider jersey, with Dutch rider Ilona Hoeksma of the Parkhotel Valkenburg team holds a three-point advantage in the Strava Queen of the Mountains competition over Orica AIS rider Taylor Wiles.
Team Liv Plantury’s Floortje Mackaij wears the Best Young Rider Jersey presented by Stoke-on-Trent European City of Sport, taking a three second advantage over Rossella Ratto into day two of the Aviva Women’s Tour.