Boels Ladies Tour: Lisa Klein wins stage 3

Lisa Klein (Canyon-Sram) took both the win and race lead in Nijverdal on stage 3 of the Boels Ladies Tour. The German beat Amy Pieters (Boels-Dolmans), Elizabeth Deignan (Trek-Segafredo) and Amanda Spratt (Mitchelton-Scott) in a four-up sprint to the line.

The quartet broke away over a climb in the latter stages of the race, and held a small gap over the peloton as they closed in on the finish. It was enough though, with the four women able to contest the sprint without worrying about those behind catching them.

In the end, it was a close-run thing, with Klein edging out Pieters on the line just ahead of Deignan. The victory is the 23-year-old's seventh of the season, and puts her in pole position to add an eighth should she manage to hang on to her slim overall lead for two more stages.

"I made it over in the last small climb and when we were in four coming into the last 10km, then I was working hard to make that stay away," Klein said in a team statement after the race. "In the final kilometre I tried to get a gap in a corner, but the other three were able to come back.

"I then started the sprint first, and although Amy and Lizzie came past me, I was able to come back again. It was great to get this reward for the team!

"It was a massive team effort and everyone one of us worked so hard! The team did a fantastic job and I am so pleased to be able to finish that off. I have to thank them for their work."

Klein leads the race by two seconds ahead of former leader Lorena Wiebes (Parkhotel Valkenburg). Stage 4 runs from Arnhem to Nijmegen and features a testing climb in the closing kilometres. 

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Brief results
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Lisa Klein (Ger) Canyon-Sram 4:00:53
2Amy Pieters (Ned) Boels-Dolmans Cycling Team
3Elizabeth Deignan (GBr) Trek-Segafredo
4Amanda Spratt (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott
5Lorena Wiebes (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg 0:00:09
6Marta Bastianelli (Ita) Team Virtu Cycling
7Lucinda Brand (Ned) Team Sunweb
8Christine Majerus (Lux) Boels-Dolmans Cycling Team
9Emma Cecilie Norsgaard (Den) Bigla Pro Cycling
10Elisa Balsamo (Ita) Valcar Cylance Cycling
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General classification after stage 3
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Lisa Klein (Ger) Canyon-Sram 9:50:04
2Lorena Wiebes (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg 0:00:02
3Amy Pieters (Ned) Boels-Dolmans Cycling Team 0:00:06
4Lucinda Brand (Ned) Team Sunweb 0:00:10
5Annemiek Van Vleuten (Ned) Mitchelton-Scott 0:00:12
6Elizabeth Deignan (GBr) Trek-Segafredo 0:00:17
7Lisa Brennauer (Ger) Canyon-Sram 0:00:19
8Amanda Spratt (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott 0:00:21
9Anna van der Breggen (Ned) Boels-Dolmans Cycling Team 0:00:22
10Christine Majerus (Lux) Boels-Dolmans Cycling Team 0:00:23

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Daniel Ostanek
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