CANYON//SRAM Racing have led Hannah Barnes to a commanding performance on the final stage of the OVO Energy Women's Tour today in central London. Barnes won both intermediate sprints and sprinted to second on the stage to catapult herself into third on the general classification. Her efforts also won her the Best British Rider jersey and the Most Combative jersey.
"It feels really great. We had the plan to go for the intermediate sprints which I won both and then I knew if I wanted to move onto the podium for GC then I had to get a result in the final. To come second at the finish and third on general classification it's a great feeling for me and for the team," said Barnes.
The 62km London Stage had the hammer down from the gun with a 9-rider move going clear in the first kilometre. Barnes made her intentions strikingly clear when she won the first sprint for bonus seconds from the breakaway group despite being outnumbered. At the second sprint Barnes had secured the Best British Rider jersey after a powerful lead out from all of her teammates, leaving the goal of a stage win and general classification podium remaining.
"I'm really happy with today. Coming to the finish you could tell that a a lot of people were really tired. To be that close for a stage win in a proper bunch sprint it's great. Jolien (d'Hoore) who won is a true sprinter and class act so to be so close is exciting for what can come," said Barnes.
The European and American riders from CANYON//SRAM Racing now race their respective national championships in ten days time before the team' s next stage race, the Giro Rosa in Italy starting on 30 June.
(Words by Beth Duryea)