Niewiadoma wins Women's Tour opener in Kettering

Kasia Niewiadoma (WM3 Pro Cycling) stamped her authority on the Women’s Tour with a storming solo victory in Kettering on stage 1. The rising star of Polish cycling was nursing an injury ahead of the race but showed no signs of being hindered as she took 1:46 out of her rivals.

Marianne Vos made it a 1-2 for the WM3 Pro Cycling team by winning the sprint behind, with Christine Majerus (Boels Dolmans), who won in Kettering two years ago, taking third place.

"I'm so happy. It was incredible," Niewiadoma said. "The last weeks have been hard for me; I have a small injury in my knee so I wasn't really convinced about my shape but I felt so great today."

Niewiadoma broke a deadlock in the peloton with just under 50 kilometres to go. To begin with, the move seemed speculative at best, but a failure to react quickly enough behind gave the WM3 rider the advantage she needed.

The last two times the Women's Tour has visited Kettering, the race has ended in a bunch sprint, and the peloton behind may have been expecting more of the same. However, by the time Boels Dolmans got their act together and tried to shut it down, Niewiadoma had 3:30 as a buffer. That did begin to fall, but a confident Niewiadoma did not panic and had plenty of time to plan her celebration as she weaved through the technical finish in Kettering.

Niewiadoma was the only rider to break the clutches of the peloton on the opening 147km stage of the Women's Tour. Mercifully, the race escaped the deluge of rain that has covered the UK in recent days as they set off from Daventry.

Not for want of trying, a breakaway struggled to materialise in the opening kilometres as a quick pace kept the main group together. Orica-Scott's Georgia Baker was an early departure from the race. The Australian climbed off after 18 kilometres following an early crash. The team reported she had also been ill in the build-up to the race.

The main general classification contenders went up against each other on the first climb of the day, with Audrey Cordon-Ragot (Wiggle-High5) securing top points. She was up there again when the group took on the second ascent to ensure she was wearing the queen of the mountains jersey for stage 2.

It wasn't until the 100-kilometre mark on a relatively innocuous stretch of road that the bunch began to break up. Niewiadoma struck out, managing to do what nobody else had throughout the day, and was not seen again until the finish line.

Niewiadoma now holds a substantial lead of 1:46 over the rest of the bunch as the race heads into a testing two days in the hills. The Polish road race champion will have to hold off some serious challenges from her rivals, but she has given herself a serious head start on the pack.

Full Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Pol) WM3 Pro Cycling3:51:39
2Marianne Vos (Ned) WM3 Pro Cycling0:01:42
3Christine Majerus (Lux) Boels Dolmans CyclingteamRow 2 - Cell 2
4Giorgia Bronzini (Ita) Wiggle High5Row 3 - Cell 2
5Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) Canyon SRAM RacingRow 4 - Cell 2
6Christina Siggaard (Den) Team Veloconcept WomenRow 5 - Cell 2
7Alice Barnes (GBr) Drops Cycling TeamRow 6 - Cell 2
8Ashleigh Moolman (RSA) Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling TeamRow 7 - Cell 2
9Maria Giulia Confalonieri (Ita) Lensworld-KuotaRow 8 - Cell 2
10Roxane Fournier (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine FuturoscopeRow 9 - Cell 2
11Emilie Moberg (Nor) Hitec ProductsRow 10 - Cell 2
12Kate Archibald (GBr) Team WNT Pro CyclingRow 11 - Cell 2
13Leah Kirchmann (Can) Team Sunweb WomenRow 12 - Cell 2
14Hannah Barnes (GBr) Canyon SRAM RacingRow 13 - Cell 2
15Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig (Den) Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling TeamRow 14 - Cell 2
16Chloe Hosking (Aus) Alé CipolliniRow 15 - Cell 2
17Eleonora van Dijk (Ned) Team Sunweb WomenRow 16 - Cell 2
18Rebecca Durrell (GBr) Drops Cycling TeamRow 17 - Cell 2
19Sarah Roy (Aus) Orica Scott Women0:01:49
20Dani King (GBr) Cylance Pro CyclingRow 19 - Cell 2
21Aude Biannic (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope0:01:50
22Janneke Ensing (Ned) Alé CipolliniRow 21 - Cell 2
23Eileen Roe (GBr) Team WNT Pro CyclingRow 22 - Cell 2
24Floortje Mackaij (Ned) Team Sunweb WomenRow 23 - Cell 2
25Amy Pieters (Ned) Boels Dolmans CyclingteamRow 24 - Cell 2
26Lucinda Brand (Ned) Team Sunweb WomenRow 25 - Cell 2
27Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Wiggle High5Row 26 - Cell 2
28Simona Frapporti (Ita) Hitec ProductsRow 27 - Cell 2
29Vita Heine (Nor) Hitec ProductsRow 28 - Cell 2
30Shara Gillow (Aus) FDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine FuturoscopeRow 29 - Cell 2
31Sara Penton (Swe) Team Veloconcept WomenRow 30 - Cell 2
32Lisa Klein (Ger) Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling TeamRow 31 - Cell 2
33Eugénie Duval (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine FuturoscopeRow 32 - Cell 2
34Alice Maria Arzuffi (Ita) Lensworld-KuotaRow 33 - Cell 2
35Sofie De Vuyst (Bel) Lares-WaowdealsRow 34 - Cell 2
36Anna van der Breggen (Ned) Boels Dolmans CyclingteamRow 35 - Cell 2
37Anouska Koster (Ned) WM3 Pro CyclingRow 36 - Cell 2
38Lauren Kitchen (Aus) WM3 Pro CyclingRow 37 - Cell 2
39Elizabeth Deignan (GBr) Boels Dolmans CyclingteamRow 38 - Cell 2
40Audrey Cordon (Fra) Wiggle High5Row 39 - Cell 2
41Jolien D'hoore (Bel) Wiggle High5Row 40 - Cell 2
42Katrine Aalerud (Nor) Hitec ProductsRow 41 - Cell 2
43Alena Amialiusik (Blr) Canyon SRAM RacingRow 42 - Cell 2
44Ilaria Sanguineti (Ita) BePink CogeasRow 43 - Cell 2
45Jeanne Korevaar (Ned) WM3 Pro CyclingRow 44 - Cell 2
46Natalie Grinczer (GBr) Team WNT Pro CyclingRow 45 - Cell 2
47Malgorzta Jasinska (Pol) Cylance Pro CyclingRow 46 - Cell 2
48Lisa Brennauer (Ger) Canyon SRAM RacingRow 47 - Cell 2
49Chantal Blaak (Ned) Boels Dolmans CyclingteamRow 48 - Cell 2
50Elena Cecchini (Ita) Canyon SRAM RacingRow 49 - Cell 2
51Alison Jackson (Can) BePink CogeasRow 50 - Cell 2
52Romy Kasper (Ger) Alé Cipollini0:01:59
53Anna Trevisi (Ita) Alé CipolliniRow 52 - Cell 2
54Rossella Ratto (Ita) Cylance Pro CyclingRow 53 - Cell 2
55Hannah Payton (GBr) Drops Cycling TeamRow 54 - Cell 2
56Clara Koppenburg (Ger) Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling TeamRow 55 - Cell 2
57Trixi Worrack (Ger) Canyon SRAM RacingRow 56 - Cell 2
58Anna Plichta (Pol) WM3 Pro CyclingRow 57 - Cell 2
59Christina Perchtold (Aut) Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling TeamRow 58 - Cell 2
60Martina Ritter (Aut) Drops Cycling TeamRow 59 - Cell 2
61Abby-Mae Parkinson (GBr) Drops Cycling TeamRow 60 - Cell 2
62Tatiana Guderzo (Ita) Lensworld-KuotaRow 61 - Cell 2
63Eri Yonamine (Jpn) FDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine FuturoscopeRow 62 - Cell 2
64Alexandra Manly (Aus) Orica Scott Women0:02:05
65Maria Vittoria Sperotto (Ita) BePink Cogeas0:02:06
66Gracie Elvin (Aus) Orica Scott WomenRow 65 - Cell 2
67Nikki Brammeier (GBr) Boels Dolmans CyclingteamRow 66 - Cell 2
68Stephanie Pohl (Ger) Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling Team0:02:11
69Sarah Rijkes (Aut) Lares-Waowdeals0:02:14
70Roxane Knetemann (Ned) FDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine FuturoscopeRow 69 - Cell 2
71Claudia Lichtenberg (Ger) Wiggle High50:02:21
72Thea Thorson (Nor) Hitec Products0:02:23
73Shani Bloch-Davidov (Isr) Team Veloconcept WomenRow 72 - Cell 2
74Daniela Reis (Por) Lares-WaowdealsRow 73 - Cell 2
75Miriam Bjørnsrud (Nor) Hitec ProductsRow 74 - Cell 2
76Rozanne Slik (Ned) Team Sunweb WomenRow 75 - Cell 2
77Sabrina Stultiens (Ned) Team Sunweb WomenRow 76 - Cell 2
78Rachel Neylan (Aus) Orica Scott WomenRow 77 - Cell 2
79Jessica Allen (Aus) Orica Scott WomenRow 78 - Cell 2
80Marta Bastianelli (Ita) Alé Cipollini0:02:33
81Elise Maes (Lux) Team WNT Pro CyclingRow 80 - Cell 2
82Sheyla Gutierrez Ruiz (Spa) Cylance Pro Cycling0:02:36
83Annalisa Cucinotta (Ita) Lensworld-Kuota0:03:05
84Annabel Simpson (GBr) Drops Cycling Team0:04:57
85Sarah Inghelbrecht (Bel) Lares-Waowdeals0:08:00
86Lydia Boylan (Irl) Team WNT Pro Cycling0:08:07
87Francesca Pattaro (Ita) BePink Cogeas0:15:50
88Silvia Valsecchi (Ita) BePink Cogeas0:19:15
89Hayley Jones (GBr) Team WNT Pro Cycling0:21:10
90Emilia Fahlin (Swe) Wiggle High5Row 89 - Cell 2
91Daiva Tuslaite (Ltu) Alé CipolliniRow 90 - Cell 2
92Willeke Knol (Ned) Cylance Pro CyclingRow 91 - Cell 2
93Annalisa Cucinotta (Ita) Lensworld-Kuota0:23:18
DNFGeorgia Baker (Aus) Orica Scott WomenRow 93 - Cell 2
DNFKirsten Wild (Ned) Cylance Pro CyclingRow 94 - Cell 2
DNFKatia Ragusa (Ita) BePink CogeasRow 95 - Cell 2
DNFAlice Cobb (GBr) Lares-WaowdealsRow 96 - Cell 2
DNFDoris Schweizer (Swi) Team Veloconcept WomenRow 97 - Cell 2
DNFCamilla Møllebro (Den) Team Veloconcept WomenRow 98 - Cell 2
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Points Classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Pol) WM3 Pro Cycling15pts
2Marianne Vos (Ned) WM3 Pro Cycling12Row 1 - Cell 3
3Christine Majerus (Lux) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam9Row 2 - Cell 3
4Giorgia Bronzini (Ita) Wiggle High57Row 3 - Cell 3
5Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) Canyon SRAM Racing6Row 4 - Cell 3
6Christina Siggaard (Den) Team Veloconcept Women5Row 5 - Cell 3
7Alice Barnes (GBr) Drops Cycling Team4Row 6 - Cell 3
8Ashleigh Moolman (RSA) Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling Team3Row 7 - Cell 3
9Maria Giulia Confalonieri (Ita) Lensworld-Kuota2Row 8 - Cell 3
10Roxane Fournier (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope1Row 9 - Cell 3
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Sprint Classification - Desborough - 55.2km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Lisa Klein (Ger) Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling Team3pts
2Jolien D'hoore (Bel) Wiggle High52Row 1 - Cell 3
3Amy Pieters (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam1Row 2 - Cell 3
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Sprint Classification - Oundle - 97km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Jolien D'hoore (Bel) Wiggle High53pts
2Lisa Klein (Ger) Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling Team2Row 1 - Cell 3
3Amy Pieters (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam1Row 2 - Cell 3
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Queen of the Mountain - Haselbech - 24.8km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Audrey Cordon (Fra) Wiggle High54pts
2Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Pol) WM3 Pro Cycling3Row 1 - Cell 3
3Shara Gillow (Aus) FDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope2Row 2 - Cell 3
4Anna van der Breggen (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam1Row 3 - Cell 3
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Queen of the Mountain - Rockingham Hill - 73.9km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Audrey Cordon (Fra) Wiggle High56pts
2Kirsten Wild (Ned) Cylance Pro Cycling5Row 1 - Cell 3
3Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Wiggle High54Row 2 - Cell 3
4Eleonora van Dijk (Ned) Team Sunweb Women3Row 3 - Cell 3
5Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Pol) WM3 Pro Cycling2Row 4 - Cell 3
6Amy Pieters (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam1Row 5 - Cell 3
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General Classification after stage 1
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Pol) WM3 Pro Cycling3:51:29
2Marianne Vos (Ned) WM3 Pro Cycling0:01:46
3Christine Majerus (Lux) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam0:01:48
4Giorgia Bronzini (Ita) Wiggle High50:01:52
5Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) Canyon SRAM RacingRow 4 - Cell 2
6Christina Siggaard (Den) Team Veloconcept WomenRow 5 - Cell 2
7Alice Barnes (GBr) Drops Cycling TeamRow 6 - Cell 2
8Ashleigh Moolman (RSA) Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling TeamRow 7 - Cell 2
9Maria Giulia Confalonieri (Ita) Lensworld-KuotaRow 8 - Cell 2
10Roxane Fournier (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine FuturoscopeRow 9 - Cell 2
11Emilie Moberg (Nor) Hitec ProductsRow 10 - Cell 2
12Kate Archibald (GBr) Team WNT Pro CyclingRow 11 - Cell 2
13Leah Kirchmann (Can) Team Sunweb WomenRow 12 - Cell 2
14Hannah Barnes (GBr) Canyon SRAM RacingRow 13 - Cell 2
15Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig (Den) Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling TeamRow 14 - Cell 2
16Chloe Hosking (Aus) Alé CipolliniRow 15 - Cell 2
17Eleonora van Dijk (Ned) Team Sunweb WomenRow 16 - Cell 2
18Rebecca Durrell (GBr) Drops Cycling TeamRow 17 - Cell 2
19Lisa Klein (Ger) Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling Team0:01:55
20Jolien D'hoore (Bel) Wiggle High5Row 19 - Cell 2
21Amy Pieters (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam0:01:58
22Sarah Roy (Aus) Orica Scott Women0:01:59
23Dani King (GBr) Cylance Pro CyclingRow 22 - Cell 2
24Aude Biannic (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope0:02:00
25Janneke Ensing (Ned) Alé CipolliniRow 24 - Cell 2
26Eileen Roe (GBr) Team WNT Pro CyclingRow 25 - Cell 2
27Floortje Mackaij (Ned) Team Sunweb WomenRow 26 - Cell 2
28Lucinda Brand (Ned) Team Sunweb WomenRow 27 - Cell 2
29Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Wiggle High5Row 28 - Cell 2
30Simona Frapporti (Ita) Hitec ProductsRow 29 - Cell 2
31Vita Heine (Nor) Hitec ProductsRow 30 - Cell 2
32Shara Gillow (Aus) FDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine FuturoscopeRow 31 - Cell 2
33Sara Penton (Swe) Team Veloconcept WomenRow 32 - Cell 2
34Eugénie Duval (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine FuturoscopeRow 33 - Cell 2
35Alice Maria Arzuffi (Ita) Lensworld-KuotaRow 34 - Cell 2
36Sofie De Vuyst (Bel) Lares-WaowdealsRow 35 - Cell 2
37Anna van der Breggen (Ned) Boels Dolmans CyclingteamRow 36 - Cell 2
38Anouska Koster (Ned) WM3 Pro CyclingRow 37 - Cell 2
39Lauren Kitchen (Aus) WM3 Pro CyclingRow 38 - Cell 2
40Elizabeth Deignan (GBr) Boels Dolmans CyclingteamRow 39 - Cell 2
41Audrey Cordon (Fra) Wiggle High5Row 40 - Cell 2
42Katrine Aalerud (Nor) Hitec ProductsRow 41 - Cell 2
43Alena Amialiusik (Blr) Canyon SRAM RacingRow 42 - Cell 2
44Ilaria Sanguineti (Ita) BePink CogeasRow 43 - Cell 2
45Jeanne Korevaar (Ned) WM3 Pro CyclingRow 44 - Cell 2
46Natalie Grinczer (GBr) Team WNT Pro CyclingRow 45 - Cell 2
47Malgorzta Jasinska (Pol) Cylance Pro CyclingRow 46 - Cell 2
48Lisa Brennauer (Ger) Canyon SRAM RacingRow 47 - Cell 2
49Chantal Blaak (Ned) Boels Dolmans CyclingteamRow 48 - Cell 2
50Elena Cecchini (Ita) Canyon SRAM RacingRow 49 - Cell 2
51Alison Jackson (Can) BePink CogeasRow 50 - Cell 2
52Romy Kasper (Ger) Alé Cipollini0:02:09
53Anna Trevisi (Ita) Alé CipolliniRow 52 - Cell 2
54Rossella Ratto (Ita) Cylance Pro CyclingRow 53 - Cell 2
55Hannah Payton (GBr) Drops Cycling TeamRow 54 - Cell 2
56Clara Koppenburg (Ger) Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling TeamRow 55 - Cell 2
57Trixi Worrack (Ger) Canyon SRAM RacingRow 56 - Cell 2
58Anna Plichta (Pol) WM3 Pro CyclingRow 57 - Cell 2
59Christina Perchtold (Aut) Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling TeamRow 58 - Cell 2
60Martina Ritter (Aut) Drops Cycling TeamRow 59 - Cell 2
61Abby-Mae Parkinson (GBr) Drops Cycling TeamRow 60 - Cell 2
62Tatiana Guderzo (Ita) Lensworld-KuotaRow 61 - Cell 2
63Eri Yonamine (Jpn) FDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine FuturoscopeRow 62 - Cell 2
64Alexandra Manly (Aus) Orica Scott Women0:02:15
65Maria Vittoria Sperotto (Ita) BePink Cogeas0:02:16
66Gracie Elvin (Aus) Orica Scott WomenRow 65 - Cell 2
67Nikki Brammeier (GBr) Boels Dolmans CyclingteamRow 66 - Cell 2
68Stephanie Pohl (Ger) Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling Team0:02:21
69Sarah Rijkes (Aut) Lares-Waowdeals0:02:24
70Roxane Knetemann (Ned) FDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine FuturoscopeRow 69 - Cell 2
71Claudia Lichtenberg (Ger) Wiggle High50:02:31
72Thea Thorson (Nor) Hitec Products0:02:33
73Shani Bloch-Davidov (Isr) Team Veloconcept WomenRow 72 - Cell 2
74Daniela Reis (Por) Lares-WaowdealsRow 73 - Cell 2
75Miriam Bjørnsrud (Nor) Hitec ProductsRow 74 - Cell 2
76Rozanne Slik (Ned) Team Sunweb WomenRow 75 - Cell 2
77Sabrina Stultiens (Ned) Team Sunweb WomenRow 76 - Cell 2
78Rachel Neylan (Aus) Orica Scott WomenRow 77 - Cell 2
79Jessica Allen (Aus) Orica Scott WomenRow 78 - Cell 2
80Marta Bastianelli (Ita) Alé Cipollini0:02:43
81Elise Maes (Lux) Team WNT Pro CyclingRow 80 - Cell 2
82Sheyla Gutierrez Ruiz (Spa) Cylance Pro Cycling0:02:46
83Annalisa Cucinotta (Ita) Lensworld-Kuota0:03:15
84Annabel Simpson (GBr) Drops Cycling Team0:05:07
85Sarah Inghelbrecht (Bel) Lares-Waowdeals0:08:10
86Lydia Boylan (Irl) Team WNT Pro Cycling0:08:17
87Francesca Pattaro (Ita) BePink Cogeas0:16:00
88Silvia Valsecchi (Ita) BePink Cogeas0:19:25
89Hayley Jones (GBr) Team WNT Pro Cycling0:21:20
90Emilia Fahlin (Swe) Wiggle High5Row 89 - Cell 2
91Daiva Tuslaite (Ltu) Alé CipolliniRow 90 - Cell 2
92Willeke Knol (Ned) Cylance Pro CyclingRow 91 - Cell 2
93Annalisa Cucinotta (Ita) Lensworld-Kuota0:23:28
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