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Women’s Tour cycling: Grace Brown powers into lead with stage four win

Women’s Tour cycling: Grace Brown powers into lead with stage four win

Australia’s Grace Brown claimed her first Women’s Tour stage victory and the overall lead with two days to go after a sprint finish in Welshpool.…

Thursday, Jun 09

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Australia’s Grace Brown claimed her first Women’s Tour stage victory and the overall lead with two days to go after a sprint finish in Welshpool.

Brown, riding for FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope, was part of a three-rider surge at the end of the 144.8km fourth stage from Wrexham. She held off the challenge of Elisa Longo Borghini, who, despite making a break for the line, finished third behind Poland’s Kasia Niewiadoma.

The 29-year-old leads Niewiadoma by four seconds and Longo Borghini by six heading into Friday’s 106.4km queen stage in Carmarthenshire. The stage finishes with a 7.2km climb to the top of Black Mountain, which has a gradient of 21% in places, in the Brecon Beacons.

Team DSM’s Lorena Wiebes, the previous wearer of the yellow jersey and pre-race favourite, dropped back to eighth, 66sec behind the leader.

Elizabeth Holden, for Le Col Wahoo, is the leading British rider in 21st place, a further 22sec adrift.

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