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Behind the Aviva Women's Tour stage 3 scenes with Strava - Gallery

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Before the podium

Before the podium
(Image credit: George Marshall / Strava.com)
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Pinning

Pinning
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All smiles from Strava QoM Jersey Holder Katie Hall

All smiles from Strava QoM Jersey Holder Katie Hall
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A tired Emma Pooley

A tired Emma Pooley
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Advice

Advice
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Cameras at the ready

Cameras at the ready
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Lizzie Armitstead’s biggest fans at the finish

Lizzie Armitstead’s biggest fans at the finish
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Zig zagging up Bank Road, Matlock

Zig zagging up Bank Road, Matlock
(Image credit: George Marshall / Strava.com)
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Local schools lined the route

Local schools lined the route
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The most famous cat in pro cycling: The Vos family cat, Sjekkie

The most famous cat in pro cycling: The Vos family cat, Sjekkie
(Image credit: George Marshall / Strava.com)
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Last minute revision

Last minute revision
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Attention to detail

Attention to detail
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Lucky charm

Lucky charm
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The bunting and the crowds were out in full force for the start

The bunting and the crowds were out in full force for the start
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Some famous faces in Ashbourne

Some famous faces in Ashbourne
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A jersey she’d like to keep

A jersey she’d like to keep
(Image credit: George Marshall / Strava.com)

Strava, supporter of the Women's Tour Queen of the Mountains Competition, is going behind the scenes to get an alternative view on the 2016 Aviva Women’s Tour. Strava photographer George Marshall has captured this series of photographs for Stage 3 from Ashbourne to Chesterfield (112km).

Pointing to the sky as she crossed the line in victory on stage 3, world champion Lizzie Armitstead paid tribute to British MP Jo Cox, who was senselessly and brutally murdered the day before.

Armitstead went on the offensive, bridging across to a breakaway with 40km to go, and with the Bank Road climb just ahead. She had good company, joining attackers Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (Cervelo-Bigla) and Elisa Longo Borghini (Wiggle-High5).

Race leader Marianne Vos (Rabo-Liv) missed the move, and when the climb splintered the peloton, she was unable to mount a chase to bring back the leaders, who picked up Amanda Spratt (Orica-AIS) as the last survivor of the early breakaway.

Armitstead handily won the sprint to take the race lead, while Vos lost 36 seconds, dropping down to fifth behind the four women who finished at the head of the race on the stage.

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