Women's Tour de Yorkshire: Wild wins stage 1

Dutchwoman beats Dideriksen and Alice Barnes in Doncaster, takes overall lead

Kirsten Wild (Wiggle-High5) won the opening stage of the 2018 Women's Tour de Yorkshire, beating Amalie Dideriksen (Boels-Dolmans) and Alice Barnes (Canyon-SRAM) to the line in a bunch sprint in Doncaster.

The Dutchwoman was the heavy favourite, having triumphed on this very same finish in 2016 when the race was a one-day event, and duly delivered with a powerful seated sprint.

With a time bonus of 10 seconds for her victory, she pulls on the first blue leader's jersey in the history of the race, this being its first running as a two-day affair 

"I'm really happy with a finish like this. When I heard it was the same finish as two years ago I was very excited," Wild said in her post-race flash interview. "It's really cool to win, and after such hard work from the team it makes it even more cool to win."

The opening stage from Beverley to Doncaster was always likely to culminate in a bunch sprint, with just one categorised climb on the 132.5km route. The Côte de Baggaby Hill came after 40km and, after getting into an early break, 17-year-old Georgi Pfeiffer (Jadan-Weldtite Vive le Velo) hung on to claim the queen of the mountains jersey. The peloton then reformed before a more serious break went clear but, containing just two riders - Anna Christian (Trek-Drops) and Natalie van Gogh (Parkhotel Valkenburg) - it was never a real threat to the sprinters' teams in the peloton.

Wiggle-High5 kept well hidden on the run-in to Doncaster, and perhaps profited from errors from rivals in the final couple of kilometres. First Sunweb misjudged a roundabout and ceded their position on the front to Wiggle, and less than a kilometre later Canyon-SRAM misread the final bend, taking their nominated sprinter Hannah Barnes out of the equation.

Wild found herself on the front and in the wind earlier than expected but didn't panic, instead taking a calm look over her shoulder before deciding to put the power down. Dideriksen struck out but was unable to match Wild's speed, while Alice Barnes emerged from the former world champion's wheel to take a creditable third place and a consolation prize for Canyon-SRAM.

"I was looking if I could wait a little bit because Canyon made a mistake in the last corner and we were a bit too early on front, and didn't want to pull the other sprinters," explained Wild.

"It might look easy but with a sprint it never is - it's maximum effort."

Wild now leads the general classification by four seconds, with Dideriksen in second place and Alice Barnes third at six seconds.

In fourth place, also at six seconds, is Dani Rowe (Great Britain) who made a canny play for bonus seconds ahead of Friday's hillier final stage. The Welshwoman struck out at the first intermediate sprint at Pocklington to claim three seconds, and then claimed a further second - the breakaway duo had snaffled the first two spots - at the second sprint in Howden.

The race concludes on Friday with a summit finish on the so-called Côte de Cow and Calf and while Rowe has designs on the overall victory, Wild knows she'll be handing over that blue jersey.

"I think we don't defend my jersey but we try to get the jersey for someone else," she said of her team's tactics. "We have really strong riders who are made for the course tomorrow, and I'm not. I hope to give something back to the girls."

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Kirsten Wild (Ned) Wiggle High53:28:30 
2Amalie Dideriksen (Den) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam  
3Alice Barnes (GBr) Canyon-SRAM Racing  
4Lorena Wiebes (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg  
5Marta Bastianelli (Ita) Ale Cipollini  
6Sara Mustonen Lichan (Swe) Experza-Footlogix  
7Floortje Mackaij (Ned) Team Sunweb Women  
8Abby-Mae Parkinson (GBr) Trek-Drops  
9Neah Evans (GBr) Storey Racing  
10Severine Eraud (Fra) Experza-Footlogix  
11Pascale Jeuland (Fra) Doltcini-Van Eyck Sport  
12Chanella Stougje (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg  
13Anna Henderson (GBr) Cycle Team Onform  
14Maria Vittoria Sperotto (Ita) BePink  
15Rozanne Slik (Ned) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope  
16Elizabeth Bennett (GBr) Jadan-Weldtite Vive Le Velo  
17Gabriella Shaw (GBr) NJC Biemme Echelon  
18Ellen McDermott (Irl) Boompods Edco NRG  
19Lucy Shaw (GBr) Trek-Drops  
20Nicola Juniper (GBr) NJC Biemme Echelon  
21Ellen van Dijk (Ned) Team Sunweb Women  
22Shara Gillow (Aus) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope  
23Ilona Hoeksma (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg  
24Susanne Andersen (Nor) Hitec Products-Birk Sport  
25Rebecca Durrell (GBr) Storey Racing  
26Danielle Rowe (GBr) Great Britain  
27Hannah Payton (GBr) Trek-Drops  
28Janneke Ensing (Ned) Ale Cipollini  
29Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Wiggle High5  
30Lea Lin Teutenberg (Ger) WNT Rotor Pro Cycling Team  
31Moniek Tenniglo (Ned) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope  
32Liane Lippert (Ger) Team Sunweb Women  
33Megan Guarnier (USA) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam  
34Mieke Docx (Bel) Doltcini-Van Eyck Sport  
35Natalie Van Gogh (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg  
36Jessy Druyts (Bel) Experza-Footlogix  
37Charlotte Bravard (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope  
38Leah Kirchmann (Can) Team Sunweb Women  
39Hayley Simmonds (GBr) WNT Rotor Pro Cycling Team  
40Saartje Vandenbroucke (Bel) Doltcini-Van Eyck Sport  
41Alice Sharpe (Irl) Torelli-Brother  
42Emily Wadsworth (GBr) Great Britain  
43Juliette Labous (Fra) Team Sunweb Women  
44Karol-Ann Canuel (Can) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam  
45Evita Muzic (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope  
46Alexis Ryan (USA) Canyon-SRAM Racing  
47Sarah Rijkes (Aut) Experza-Footlogix  
48Hannah Barnes (GBr) Canyon-SRAM Racing  
49Eleanor Dickinson (GBr) Great Britain  
50Katia Ragusa (Ita) BePink  
51Lisa Brennauer (Ger) Wiggle High5  
52Julia Soek (Ned) Team Sunweb Women  
53Rhona Callander (GBr) Great Britain  
54Annabel Simpson (GBr) Trek-Drops  
55Meike Uiterwijk Winkel (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg  
56Alena Amialiusik (Blr) Canyon-SRAM Racing  
57Anna Kay (GBr) Storey Racing  
58Jessica Finney (GBr) Cycle Team Onform  
59Leah Dixon (GBr) Cycle Team Onform  
60Lauren Murphy (GBr) Jadan-Weldtite Vive Le Velo  
61Jennifer George (GBr) Torelli-Brother  
62Bethany Crumpton (GBr) Storey Racing  
63Ingrid Moe (Nor) Hitec Products-Birk Sport  
64Letizia Borghesi (Ita) BePink  
65Erica Magnaldi (Ita) BePink  
66Georgia Bullard (GBr) Jadan-Weldtite Vive Le Velo  
67Elizabeth-Jane Harris (GBr) Storey Racing  
68Abigail Dentus (GBr) Great Britain  
69Lydia Boylan (Irl) WNT Rotor Pro Cycling Team  
70Chantal Blaak (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam  
71Jennifer Powell (GBr) NJC Biemme Echelon  
72Megan Barker (GBr) Great Britain  
73Katie Archibald (GBr) Wiggle High5  
74Ingvild Gåskjenn (Nor) Hitec Products-Birk Sport  
75Alicia Speake (GBr) Cycle Team Onform  
76Manon Lloyd (GBr) Trek-Drops  
77Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) Canyon-SRAM Racing  
78Demmy Druyts (Bel) Doltcini-Van Eyck Sport  
79Trine Holmsgaard (Den) Experza-Footlogix  
80Anna Plichta (Pol) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam  
81Laura Massey (GBr) Torelli-Brother  
82Madeleine Gammons (GBr) NJC Biemme Echelon  
83Lotte van Hoek (Ned) Doltcini-Van Eyck Sport  
84Pfeiffer Georgi (GBr) Jadan-Weldtite Vive Le Velo  
85Ingrid Lorvik (Nor) Hitec Products-Birk Sport  
86Ane Santesteban (Spa) Ale Cipollini  
87Roxane Knetemann (Ned) Ale Cipollini  
88Silvia Valsecchi (Ita) BePink  
89Sophie Wright (GBr) Torelli-Brother  
90Charmaine Porter (GBr) Cycle Team Onform  
91Eri Yonamine (Jpn) Wiggle High5  
92Jo Tindley (GBr) NJC Biemme Echelon  
93Hannah Larbalestier (GBr) Boompods Edco NRG  
94Francesca Pattaro (Ita) BePink  
95Anna Christian (GBr) Trek-Drops  
96Rachele Barbieri (Ita) Wiggle High5  
97Rachel Jary (GBr) Boompods Edco NRG  
98Annabel Fisher (GBr) Jadan-Weldtite Vive Le Velo0:00:12 
99Sophie Thackray (GBr) Torelli-Brother0:00:16 
100Anne De Ruiter (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg  
101Mayuko Hagiwara (Jpn) Ale Cipollini  
102Line Marie Gulliksen (Nor) Hitec Products-Birk Sport0:00:22 
103Tanja Erath (Ger) Canyon-SRAM Racing0:01:05 
104Anna Docherty (GBr) Jadan-Weldtite Vive Le Velo0:16:17 
105Marion Sicot (Fra) Doltcini-Van Eyck Sport  
106Gemma Sargent (GBr) Cycle Team Onform  
107Anna Badegruber (Aut) WNT Rotor Pro Cycling Team  
108Rosie Walsh (GBr) Boompods Edco NRG  
DNFSarah Walker (GBr) Boompods Edco NRG  
DNFJennifer Batey (GBr) Boompods Edco NRG  
DNFAnna Weaver (GBr) NJC Biemme Echelon  
DNFChloe Baggs (GBr) Torelli-Brother  
DNFMelissa Lowther (GBr) WNT Rotor Pro Cycling Team  
DNFJoscelin Lowden (GBr) Storey Racing  
DNSTatiana Guderzo (Ita) Hitec Products-Birk Sport  
General classification after stage 1
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Kirsten Wild (Ned) Wiggle High53:28:20 
2Amalie Dideriksen (Den) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam0:00:04 
3Alice Barnes (GBr) Canyon-SRAM Racing0:00:06 
4Danielle Rowe (GBr) Great Britain  
5Natalie Van Gogh (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg0:00:07 
6Liane Lippert (Ger) Team Sunweb Women0:00:08 
7Anna Christian (GBr) Trek-Drops  
8Megan Guarnier (USA) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam0:00:09 
9Lorena Wiebes (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg0:00:10 
10Marta Bastianelli (Ita) Ale Cipollini  
11Sara Mustonen Lichan (Swe) Experza-Footlogix  
12Floortje Mackaij (Ned) Team Sunweb Women  
13Abby-Mae Parkinson (GBr) Trek-Drops  
14Neah Evans (GBr) Storey Racing  
15Severine Eraud (Fra) Experza-Footlogix  
16Pascale Jeuland (Fra) Doltcini-Van Eyck Sport  
17Chanella Stougje (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg  
18Anna Henderson (GBr) Cycle Team Onform  
19Maria Vittoria Sperotto (Ita) BePink  
20Rozanne Slik (Ned) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope  
21Elizabeth Bennett (GBr) Jadan-Weldtite Vive Le Velo  
22Gabriella Shaw (GBr) NJC Biemme Echelon  
23Ellen McDermott (Irl) Boompods Edco NRG  
24Lucy Shaw (GBr) Trek-Drops  
25Nicola Juniper (GBr) NJC Biemme Echelon  
26Ellen van Dijk (Ned) Team Sunweb Women  
27Shara Gillow (Aus) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope  
28Ilona Hoeksma (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg  
29Susanne Andersen (Nor) Hitec Products-Birk Sport  
30Rebecca Durrell (GBr) Storey Racing  
31Hannah Payton (GBr) Trek-Drops  
32Janneke Ensing (Ned) Ale Cipollini  
33Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Wiggle High5  
34Lea Lin Teutenberg (Ger) WNT Rotor Pro Cycling Team  
35Moniek Tenniglo (Ned) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope  
36Mieke Docx (Bel) Doltcini-Van Eyck Sport  
37Jessy Druyts (Bel) Experza-Footlogix  
38Charlotte Bravard (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope  
39Leah Kirchmann (Can) Team Sunweb Women  
40Hayley Simmonds (GBr) WNT Rotor Pro Cycling Team  
41Saartje Vandenbroucke (Bel) Doltcini-Van Eyck Sport  
42Alice Sharpe (Irl) Torelli-Brother  
43Emily Wadsworth (GBr) Great Britain  
44Juliette Labous (Fra) Team Sunweb Women  
45Karol-Ann Canuel (Can) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam  
46Evita Muzic (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope  
47Alexis Ryan (USA) Canyon-SRAM Racing  
48Sarah Rijkes (Aut) Experza-Footlogix  
49Hannah Barnes (GBr) Canyon-SRAM Racing  
50Eleanor Dickinson (GBr) Great Britain  
51Katia Ragusa (Ita) BePink  
52Lisa Brennauer (Ger) Wiggle High5  
53Julia Soek (Ned) Team Sunweb Women  
54Rhona Callander (GBr) Great Britain  
55Annabel Simpson (GBr) Trek-Drops  
56Meike Uiterwijk Winkel (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg  
57Alena Amialiusik (Blr) Canyon-SRAM Racing  
58Anna Kay (GBr) Storey Racing  
59Jessica Finney (GBr) Cycle Team Onform  
60Leah Dixon (GBr) Cycle Team Onform  
61Lauren Murphy (GBr) Jadan-Weldtite Vive Le Velo  
62Jennifer George (GBr) Torelli-Brother  
63Bethany Crumpton (GBr) Storey Racing  
64Ingrid Moe (Nor) Hitec Products-Birk Sport  
65Letizia Borghesi (Ita) BePink  
66Erica Magnaldi (Ita) BePink  
67Georgia Bullard (GBr) Jadan-Weldtite Vive Le Velo  
68Elizabeth-Jane Harris (GBr) Storey Racing  
69Abigail Dentus (GBr) Great Britain  
70Lydia Boylan (Irl) WNT Rotor Pro Cycling Team  
71Chantal Blaak (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam  
72Jennifer Powell (GBr) NJC Biemme Echelon  
73Megan Barker (GBr) Great Britain  
74Katie Archibald (GBr) Wiggle High5  
75Ingvild Gåskjenn (Nor) Hitec Products-Birk Sport  
76Alicia Speake (GBr) Cycle Team Onform  
77Manon Lloyd (GBr) Trek-Drops  
78Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) Canyon-SRAM Racing  
79Demmy Druyts (Bel) Doltcini-Van Eyck Sport  
80Trine Holmsgaard (Den) Experza-Footlogix  
81Anna Plichta (Pol) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam  
82Laura Massey (GBr) Torelli-Brother  
83Madeleine Gammons (GBr) NJC Biemme Echelon  
84Lotte van Hoek (Ned) Doltcini-Van Eyck Sport  
85Pfeiffer Georgi (GBr) Jadan-Weldtite Vive Le Velo  
86Ingrid Lorvik (Nor) Hitec Products-Birk Sport  
87Ane Santesteban (Spa) Ale Cipollini  
88Roxane Knetemann (Ned) Ale Cipollini  
89Silvia Valsecchi (Ita) BePink  
90Sophie Wright (GBr) Torelli-Brother  
91Charmaine Porter (GBr) Cycle Team Onform  
92Eri Yonamine (Jpn) Wiggle High5  
93Jo Tindley (GBr) NJC Biemme Echelon  
94Hannah Larbalestier (GBr) Boompods Edco NRG  
95Francesca Pattaro (Ita) BePink  
96Rachele Barbieri (Ita) Wiggle High5  
97Rachel Jary (GBr) Boompods Edco NRG  
98Annabel Fisher (GBr) Jadan-Weldtite Vive Le Velo0:00:22 
99Sophie Thackray (GBr) Torelli-Brother0:00:26 
100Anne De Ruiter (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg  
101Mayuko Hagiwara (Jpn) Ale Cipollini  
102Line Marie Gulliksen (Nor) Hitec Products-Birk Sport0:00:32 
103Tanja Erath (Ger) Canyon-SRAM Racing0:01:15 
104Anna Docherty (GBr) Jadan-Weldtite Vive Le Velo0:16:27 
105Marion Sicot (Fra) Doltcini-Van Eyck Sport  
106Gemma Sargent (GBr) Cycle Team Onform  
107Anna Badegruber (Aut) WNT Rotor Pro Cycling Team  
108Rosie Walsh (GBr) Boompods Edco NRG  
Points classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Kirsten Wild (Ned) Wiggle High515 pts
2Amalie Dideriksen (Den) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam12 
3Alice Barnes (GBr) Canyon-SRAM Racing9 
4Lorena Wiebes (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg7 
5Danielle Rowe (GBr) Great Britain6 
6Marta Bastianelli (Ita) Ale Cipollini6 
7Natalie Van Gogh (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg5 
8Sara Mustonen Lichan (Swe) Experza-Footlogix5 
9Floortje Mackaij (Ned) Team Sunweb Women4 
10Anna Christian (GBr) Trek-Drops3 
11Abby-Mae Parkinson (GBr) Trek-Drops3 
12Line Marie Gulliksen (Nor) Hitec Products-Birk Sport3 
13Neah Evans (GBr) Storey Racing2 
14Megan Guarnier (USA) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam1 
15Severine Eraud (Fra) Experza-Footlogix1 
Mountains classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Pfeiffer Georgi (GBr) Jadan-Weldtite Vive Le Velo4 pts
2Danielle Rowe (GBr) Great Britain2 
3Janneke Ensing (Ned) Ale Cipollini1 

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