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The Women’s Tour in Great Britain Has Us Psyched for the Tour de France Femmes

The Women’s Tour in Great Britain Has Us Psyched for the Tour de France Femmes

Stage races rarely come down to single seconds in overall placings: Sure, plenty of stages will finish with a sprint, but to have a six-day…

Tuesday, Jun 14

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Stage races rarely come down to single seconds in overall placings: Sure, plenty of stages will finish with a sprint, but to have a six-day Tour won by a single second? That’s unheard of, but it’s exactly how Elisa Longo-Borgini (Trek-Segafredo) took the win at this year’s Women’s Tour in Great Britain on Saturday. Here’s the TL;DR of the Women’s Tour, and why it has us so excited for this year’s Tour de France Femmes, the long-overdue stage race that will take place alongside of the the Tour de France for eight stages from July 24 to July 31.

In the Women’s Tour, Longo-Borgini headed into the final stage in Oxfordshire with Australian Grace Brown (FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope) leading in the overall standings, though the two were matched on time at 15:40:56.

Long-Borgini had taken the win on Stage 5 to move her into the second place spot, but Brown’s time gap heading into that stage allowed her to maintain the lead. "There was a bit of doubt because I knew that if I wanted to stay ahead in time then I needed to come second on Elisa’s wheel with no gap, but then it worked out that if I came third we were equal,” Brown said of the stage 5 results that put them at the same time marker for the overall heading into the final stage. "I didn’t know how it worked in terms of countback, but I retained the jersey."

The final stage covered 143 kilometers. For spectators, it […]

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