Demi Vollering claimed a second straight women’s Tour of Britain stage victory for SDWorx with a resounding victory in the 16.6km individual time trial at Atherstone.
The Dutchwoman was the only driver to complete the course in less than 24 minutes and this victory lifted her from fourth place in the overall race standings to win the leader’s jersey and the first stage victory of her career in 23min 18sec.
Britain’s Joss Lowden of Drops Le Col, who set a new hour record in Switzerland six days ago, was second in 1:04 and Canada’s Leah Kirchmann (Team DSM) was third to one second.
The other top British riders in the town of Warwickshire were Alice Barnes (Canyon-SRAM) fourth at 1min 08sec, Abi Smith (Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank) seventh at 1min 20sec, Anna Shackley (SD Worx) ninth at 1min 25sec and in 10th Hannah Barnes (Canyon-SRAM) at 1min 27sec.
Vollering, whose third stage victory follows SDWorx’s Amy Pieters in Walsall on Tuesday, leads France’s Juliette Labous (DSM) to 1-09 as the race then heads to the Dengie Marshes and a finish at Westcliff in Essex for the 117.8 mile Thursday organize.
Elsewhere, Adam Yates (Ineos Grenadiers) finished second, 12 seconds behind Primoz Roglic in the classic Milano-Turin.