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Suffolk and Norfolk hosted the opening stage, with the race heading from Southwold, home of Tour sponsors Adnams, on the Suffolk Coast across both counties for a finish in Norwich city centre.

Cylance's Alison Tetrick bounced back from an early crash to hold off the chasing bunch until the final corner in the city centre, being caught in agonising fashion as Christine Majerus swept past for her second Women's Tour stage win and the first Yellow Jersey of 2016.

1) Christine Majerus (Lux), Boels Dolmans
2) Marianne Vos (Ned), Rabo Liv
3) Giorgia Bronzini (Ita), Wiggle HIGH5

The Women's Tour made its debut in Warwickshire on the second day of the race, heading south from Atherstone to the world-famous Stratford-upon-Avon via the hills of the northern Cotswolds.

Heavy rain swept the stage but didn't deter the crowds in the likes of Kenilworth and Warwick, with thousands of school children lining the route for a glimpse of their heroes. Despite several stiff climbs in the Cotswolds, the front of the race came back together for a sprint into Stratford, with Amy Pieters just holding off previous race winners Lisa Brennauer and Marianne Vos, the latter of whom pulled on the Yellow Jersey.

1) Amy Pieters (Ned), Wiggle HIGH5
2) Lisa Brennauer (Ger), Canyon//SRAM
3) Marianne Vos (Ned), Rabo Liv

The 'queen stage' of the 2016 race featured the climbs of the Peak District National Park, in particular the 1-kilometre wall of Bank Road in Matlock. Riders tackled several smaller climbs on their way from Ashbourne to Chesterfield, with a small group of four riders heading clear on the way into Chesterfield.

Orica's Amanda Spratt was the one to miss out on the podium, as Lizzie Armitstead attacked her rivals for the stage win and the chance to trade her Adnams Best British Rider Jersey up for the Yellow Jersey.

1) Lizzie Armistead (GBr), Boels Dolmans
2) Ashleigh Moolman (RSA), Cervelo Bigla
3) Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita), Wiggle HIGH5

On paper the Nottingham to Stoke-on-Trent stage was another testing day, with the early part of the stage marked by the race passing through the hometown of Nikki Brammeier in Derbyshire, and a long lone effort by Emilia Fahlin.

A pair of climbs in the Staffordshire Moorlands above Cheadle split the race, but despite the efforts of Armitstead & co, the teams of Rabo Liv and Canyon//SRAM brought the race back together, and Vos' speed through the final corner was enough to grant her the win in The Potteries.

1) Marianne Vos (Ned), Rabo Liv
2) Leah Kirchmann (Can), Team Liv Plantur
3) Emma Johansson (Swe), Wiggle HIGH5

Having hosted the opening stage in 2014, Northamptonshire now hosted the final leg of the 2016 Women's Tour, between Northampton and Kettering.

With Armitstead keeping a watchful eye on her nearest rivals, a small group including Britain's Molly Weaver was allowed to escape and contest the finish in Kettering, with Finnish national champion Lepisto outsprinting her fellow escapees for the final stage win.

Armitstead held on to her Yellow Jersey, standing on the top step ahead of Ashleigh Moolman and Elisa Longo Borghini, who had also been alongside her during the pivotal moment of the race on Stage Three in Derbyshire.

1) Lotta Lepisto (Fin), Cervelo Bigla
2) Marta Bastianelli (Ita), Ale Cipollini
3) Elena Cecchini (Ita), Canyon//SRAM

General Classification

1) Lizzie Armitstead (GBr) Boels Dolmans 16h 00m 39s
2) Ashleigh Moolman (RSA) Cervelo Bigla + 11"
3) Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Wiggle HIGH5 + 13"
4) Marianne Vos (Ned) Rabo Liv + 18"
5) Amanda Spratt (Aus) Orica AIS + 20"
6) Leah Kirchmann (Can) Team Liv Plantur + 40"
7) Amy Pieters (Ned) Wiggle HIGH5 + 43"
8) Emma Johansson (Swe) Wiggle HIGH5 + 49"
9) Gracie Elvin (Aus) Orica AIS + 50"
10) Floortje Mackaij (Ned) Team Liv Plantur + 53"

Chain Reaction Cycles Points Classification

1) Marianne Vos (Ned) Rabo Liv 58pts
2) Leah Kirchmann (Can) Team Liv Plantur 33pts
3) Lotta Lepisto (Fin) Cervelo Bigla 27pts

Strava Queen of the Mountains Classification

1) Katie Hall (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling 26pts
2) Ashleigh Moolman (RSA) Cervelo Bigla 14pts
3) Lizzie Armitstead (GBr) Boels Dolmans 14pts

Adnams Best British Rider Classification

1) Lizzie Armitstead (GBr) Boels Dolmans 16h 00m 39s
2) Dani King (GBr) Wiggle HIGH5 + 53"
3) Nikki Brammeier (GBr) Boels Dolmans + 53"

Best Young Rider Classification

1) Floortje Mackaij (Ned) Team Liv Plantur 16h 01m 32s
2) Molly Weaver (GBr) Team Liv Plantur + 35"
3) Amalie Dideriksen (Den) Boels Dolmans + 59"

Team Classification

1) Wiggle HIGH5 48h 04m 00s
2) Boels Dolmans same time
3) Team Liv Plantur + 51"

For full overall results and each stage standings please visit ProCyclingStats.com here.

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