Aviva Women's Tour
  • Stage 1
  • Stage 2
  • Stage 3
  • Stage 4
  • Stage 5
  • Results

Angel Hill in Bury St Edmunds hosted the start of the 2015 race, coming 13-months after hosting the finish of the 2014 race. The opening stage took place entirely within Suffolk, racing through Ipswich and out to the Suffolk coast before the finish in Aldeburgh.

A fast and exciting finish saw Lizzie Armitstead take her first stage win in the Aviva Women's Tour, though the Commonwealth Games Champion crashed in dramatic fashion after the line as she celebrated victory. Armitstead was taken to hospital and unable to be presented with the race leader's Aviva Yellow Jersey.

1) Lizzie Armitstead (GBr) Boels Dolmans
2) Lisa Brennauer (Ger) Velocio SRAM
3) Emma Johansson (Swe) Orica AIS

As a result of her finish line crash Lizzie Armitstead was unable to start Stage Two in Braintree, placing the Aviva Yellow Jersey onto the shoulders of World Time Trial Champion Lisa Brennauer.

Having been on the Tour de France route in 2014, Braintree made its Aviva Women's Tour debut hosting the start of Stage Two to Clacton, which hosted a finish for the second year.

Bigla's Vera Koedooder did her best to hold off the charging peloton into the Essex seaside resort, but was caught in the final couple of kilometres setting up a bunch sprint, with Jolien D'Hoore holding off Brennauer and Majerus for the stage victory.

1) Jolien D'Hoore (Bel) Wiggle Honda
2) Lisa Brennauer (Ger) Velocio SRAM
3) Christine Majerus (Lux) Boels Dolmans

The Aviva Women's Tour returned to Northamptonshire and Oundle, scene of the opening stage of the first ever Women's Tour in May 2014. The picturesque 'pearl of Northamptonshire' hosted Stage Three to Kettering in 2015 and again provided a packed send off for the world's top riders.

A lumpy stage, including Rockingham Hill, took the riders on a loop of the county before the finish in Kettering. Luxembourg's Christine Majerus was the quickest through the penultimate corner giving her the best run up the drag to the line, giving her the stage win and the Aviva Yellow Jersey. Britain's Lucy Garner took her best every stage result, coming third and moving into both the Premier Inn Best British Rider Jersey and SweetSpot Best Young Rider Jersey.

1) Christine Majerus (Lux) Boels Dolmans
2) Barbara Guarischi (Ita) Velocio SRAM
3) Lucy Garner (GBr) Liv Plantur

The penultimate stage of the race was once again hosted by Hertfordshire, heading from Waltham Cross in Broxbourne to Stevenage. After the sunshine of earlier stages, wet weather hit the race in the second half of the leg, making for a wet finish in Stevenage.

Elisa Longo Borghini and Sabrina Stultiens went away and looked set to hold off the peloton, but were caught in sight of the line with Lisa Brennauer in the Chain Reaction Cycles Points Jersey sprinting to a win that moved her back into the lead and the Aviva Yellow Jersey.

1) Lisa Brennauer (Ger) Velocio SRAM
2) Emma Johansson (Swe) Orica AIS
3) Lotta Lepisto (Fin) Bigla Pro Cycling

Billed as a showdown in the Chilterns with a testing route from Marlow on the River Thames to Hemel Hempstead, Stage Five saw several riders at the top of the Aviva General Classification separated by just a handful of seconds and in contention for overall victory.

Nine months beforehand much of the route and the finish line in Hemel Hempstead had been the scene of a memorable stage in the men's Tour of Britain with Alex Dowsett pulling on the Yellow Jersey.

In 2015 it was a German rider in the Aviva Yellow Jersey, with Lisa Brennauer's Velocio SRAM team helping her to overall victory, but there was British success too with Hannah Barnes taking her first win, in the bunch sprint while wearing the Premier Inn Best British Rider Jersey.

  1. Hannah Barnes (GBr) UnitedHeathcare Pro Cycling
  2. Jolien D'Hoore (Bel) Wiggle Honda
  3. Simona Frapporti (Ita) Ale Cipollini

Aviva General Classification

1) Lisa Brennauer (Ger) Velocio SRAM 15h 03m 24s
2) Jolien D'Hoore (Bel) Wiggle Honda + 03"
3) Christine Majerus (Lux) Boels Dolmans + 07"
4) Emma Johansson (Swe) Orica AIS + 13"
5) Hannah Barnes (GBr) UnitedHealthcare + 14"
6) Simona Frapporti (Ita) Ale Cipollini + 26"
7) Leah Kirchmann (Can) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies + 29"
8) Alexis Ryan (USA) UnitedHealthcare + 30"
9) Pascale Jeyland (Fra) Poitou-Charentes Futuroscope 86 + 30"
10) Maria Giulia Confalonieri (Ita) Ale Cipollini + 30"

Chain Reaction Cycles Points Classification

1) Lisa Brennauer (Ger) Velocio SRAM 56pts
2) Jolien D'Hoore (Bel) Wiggle Honda 42pts
3) Emma Johansson (Swe) Orica AIS 42pts

Strava Queen of the Mountains Classification

1) Melissa Hoskins (Aus) Orica AIS 32pts
2) Elise Delzenne (Fra) Velocio SRAM 29pts
3) Sharon Laws (GBr) Bigla Pro Cycling 15pts

Premier Inn Best British Rider Classification

1) Hannah Barnes (GBr) UnitedHealthcare 15h 03m 38s
2) Laura Trott (GBr) Matrix Fitness + 23"
3) Molly Weaver (GBr) Liv Plantur + 35"

SweetSpot Best Young Rider Classification

1) Hannah Barnes (GBr) UnitedHealthcare 15h 03m 38s
2) Alexis Ryan (USA) UnitedHealthcare + 16"
3) Maria Giulia Confalonieri (Ita) Ale Cipollini + 16"

Aviva Team Classification

1) Boels Dolmans 45h 11m 44s
2) Ale Cipollini + 12"
3) Wiggle Honda + 14"

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

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