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History was made as the opening stage of the first ever Friends Life Women's Tour took place in Northamptonshire, with large crowds flocking to the start in Oundle and along the route through the county to the finish in the centre of Northampton.

On the gradually uphill drag into Northampton Lizzie Armistead opened up the sprint too soon, being passed by her main challengers with world number one Emma Johansson pipping Marianne Vos to the line for the victory and the first Friends Life Yellow Jersey of the race. There was also a popular third placed finisher, with Northamptonshire rider Hannah Barnes rounding out the podium and taking both the Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research Best British Rider and Matrix Fitness Best Young Rider jerseys, while UnitedHealthcare teammate Sharon Laws won the Strava Queen of the Mountains jersey.

1) Emma Johansson (Swe) Orica AIS
2) Marianne Vos (Ned) Rabo Liv
3) Hannah Barnes (GBr) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling

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Wet weather replaced the sunshine of Stage One, as the Friends Life Women's Tour raced through Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Bedfordshire on the longest leg of the 2014 Tour.

After a wet start in Hinckley, crowds were still out along the route and enjoyed a memorable day of racing with Italian duo Rossella Ratto and Susanna Zorzi breaking clear to contest the finish on the Embankment in Bedford. The stage win gave Ratto the race lead, while Vos lead in the remains of a wet and dirty peloton for third place to take the YodelDirect Points jersey lead.

1) Rossella Ratto (Ita) Estado de Mexico Faren
2) Susanna Zorzi (Ita) Astana BePink
3) Marianne Vos (Ned) Rabo Liv

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The Friends Life Women's Tour moved to Suffolk and Essex for the third day of racing, with sunshine returning along with strong winds, which made for a speedy stage from Felixstowe in the Suffolk Coastal borough to Clacton in Tendring.

Despite the valiant attempts of several riders to split the race up and escape, hard work from the Rabo Liv team kept the race largely together for a bunch sprint on Clacton's seafront and a first stage win for Marianne Vos.

With it Vos added the race leader's Friends Life Yellow Jersey to the YodelDirect Points jersey, with previous leader Rossella Ratto keeping the Matrix Fitness Best Young Rider jersey.

British riders held the other two jerseys, with Sharon Laws retaining the Strava Queen of the Mountains jersey and Lizzie Armitstead the Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research Best British Rider.

1) Marianne Vos (Ned) Rabo Liv
2) Emma Johansson (Swe) Orica AIS
3) Giorgia Bronzini (Ita) Wiggle Honda

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Ahead of Stage Four Wiggle Honda's Olympic Champion Laura Trott opened Cheshunt's new leisure centre, named in her honour, before heading the peloton out of Broxbourne with her sister Emma, both local riders from Hertfordshire.

Again the race was shaped by aggressive and entertaining riding, with Lotto Belisol's Emma Pooley at the forefront of this, earning her the day's Combativity Award.

It was once again a sprint finish in the centre of Welwyn Garden City though, with a second stage win for Marianne Vos, ahead of Giorgia Bronzini, to cement her overall race lead.

1) Marianne Vos (Ned) Rabo Liv
2) Giorgia Bronzini (Ita) Wiggle Honda
3) Lucy Garner (GBr) Great Britain

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The final stage of the first ever Friends Life Women's Tour took the race back to Tendring in Essex and Suffolk, for a leg from Harwich to Bury St Edmunds.

Partnering with the mass participation Tour de Tendring sportive that took place in and around Harwich after the depart, riders race on roads through Suffolk used on many occasions in the men's Tour of Britain.

It again was Emma Pooley animating the race for another Combativity Award, but it was also another stage win for Marianne Vos, finishing the Friends Life Women's Tour with a hattrick of wins and also the Friends Life Yellow Jersey and YodelDirect Points Jersey.

Sharon Laws fended off Swiss mountain bike World Champion Jolanda Neff for the Strava Queen of the Mountains jersey, while Stage Two winner Rossella Ratto finished third overall and took the Matrix Fitness Best Young Rider jersey.

With Lizzie Armitstead unable to start the final day because of illness, Hannah Barnes and Lucy Garner, both impressive in the sprints all week, battled for the Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research Best British Rider jersey, which eventually went to the latter on countback.

Susanna Zorzi won the week's Combativity Award, mainly due to her impressive ride on Stage Two, while Optum presented by Kelly Benefit Strategies were the Team Classification winners.

1) Marianne Vos (Ned) Rabo Liv
2) Giorgia Bronzini (Ita) Wiggle Honda
3) Amy Pieters (Ned) Netherlands

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Friends Life General Classification

1) Marianne Vos (Ned) Rabo Liv 12h 42m 07s
2) Emma Johansson (Swe) Orica AIS + 30"
3) Rossella Ratto (Ita) Estado de Mexico Faren + 35"
4) Giorgia Bronzini (Ita) Wiggle Honda + 38"
5) Susanna Zorzi (Ita) Astana BePink + 44"
6) Amy Pieters (Ned) Netherlands + 50"
7) Lucy Garner (GBr) Great Britain same time
8) Hannah Barnes (GBr) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling same time
9) Lauren Hall (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies + 52"
10) Elena Cecchini (Ita) Estado de Mexico Faren + 54"

YodelDirect Points Classification

1) Marianne Vos (Ned) Rabo Liv 80pts
2) Emma Johansson (Swe) Orica AIS 48pts
3) Giorgia Bronzini (Ita) Wiggle Honda 44pts

Strava Queen of the Mountains Classification

1) Sharon Laws (GBr) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling 44pts
2) Jolanda Neff (Sui) Switzerland 41pts
3) Rossella Ratto (Ita) Estado de Mexico Faren 12pts

Matrix Fitness Best Young Rider Classification

1) Rossella Ratto (Ita) Estado de Mexico Faren 12h 42m 42s
2) Susanna Zorzi (Ita) Astana BePink + 09"
3) Amy Pieters (Ned) Netherlands + 15"

Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research Best British Rider Classification

1) Lucy Garner (GBr) Great Britain 12h 42m 57s
2) Hannah Barnes (GBr) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling same time
3) Dani King (GBr) Wiggle Honda + 8"

Overall Combativity Winner

Susanna Zorzi (Ita) Astana BePink

Team Classification

1) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies (USA) 38h 09m 07s
2) Specialized Lululemon (USA) + 04"
3) Orica AIS (Aus) same time

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