CCC-Liv team rider Marianne Vos won the Women’s Tour de Yorkshire, overcoming rain, hail and gusty winds to take the second of two stages and the overall victory in Scarborough, England. The three-time Women’s Road World Champion from the Netherlands joined a decisive three-rider breakaway and then outsprinted her rivals—Spaniard Mavi Garcia and Italian Soraya Paladin—to take the win on her Liv Langma Advanced SL.
The winning move came on the final climb of the 132km stage. After a series of earlier attacks and chases by the top contending teams, Vos joined Paladin in an attack on the Côte de Ugglebarnaby 30km from the finish. Those two caught solo leader Garcia with 28km to go, and the three stayed away from the field to battle it out at the finish.
“It was a crazy day,” Vos told Cyclingnews.com after taking her second win of the year on the road. “There were a lot of climbs and many attacks. We had to endure a lot, and I actually don’t know how I ended up at the front in the end. I was trying to go with the good moves, and when I went with Paladin to the leader Garcia we knew that we had a chance if we just kept going. It’s a great win.”
Vos started the day sixth in the general classification, 8 seconds back, and her gap at the finish was enough to give her the overall victory.
“This is a great victory for CCC-Liv and especially for Marianne herself,” said the team’s sports director Jeroen Blijlevens. “She has been at a high level all season, already had a WorldTour victory in her pocket, but had to deal with some bad luck in the Tour of Flanders and Amstel Gold Race. With this amazing victory she gets even.”