Behind the scenes at the Friends Life Women's Tour with Matrix Vulpine - Stage 4
Another fast blast as with crashes, mechanicals & a lucky rat too

Today the riders on the Friends Life Women’s Tour raced an 87.8Km route from Cheshunt to Welwyn Garden City in what proved to be an short but incident packed stage, here’s Robin Godden to tell us how Matrix Vulpine got on…

“Stage 4 was short and fast, giving no time to recover from yesterday’s efforts, as the favourite’s looked to the GC.

“The first 40km’s were eventful with crashes & mechanicals, an early chain slip left Penny with a chase back just as the pace ramped up for the first QOM.

“The stage was neutralized at 20km’s to go due to a traffic accident (on the course) making the final run in very hectic with Helen coming 55th, and Vos taking the stage to put her in control of GC.

“With a hometown finish Jo sprinted to the line to first in her group and Jessie, Harriet, Penny & Mel all finished strongly after two very fast days of constant attacks.

"The final stage kicks off tomorrow with the all 6 riders taking to the start in Harwich.”

As Robin said Marianne Vos further cemented her hold on the race allowing yesterday’s stage win with another today. It was not without controversy though as Giorgia Bronzini claimed a race organiser’s motorbike had impeded her attack in the final spring - Vos was already ahead of the bike at the time. Lucy Garner took third spot on the stage.
Vos goes in to the final stage from Harwich to Bury St Edmunds with a 19 second lead over Emma Johansson, with Rosella Ratto in third, Lizzie Armitstead in fourth and Bronzini fifth.

To find out more about the Matrix Vulpine team via their website http://www.onthedrops.cc/team/
and you can find the Friends Life Women’s Tour online at http://thetour.co.uk/home.php

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Bhachgen [105 posts] 1 year ago

Yeah I was a bit surprised the tv commentators didn't mention that motorbike at the finish. It obviously impeded a number of riders on the left hand side of the road round the final bend. You could hear at least one of them shouting at it.

Beaufort [261 posts] 1 year ago

Kudos to the Matrix Vulpine racers - most of 'em were having to race in amongst traffic behind the closed roads. Horrible. The roads opened far too soon after the team cars passed IMO.

fatbeggaronabike [732 posts] 1 year ago

I also noticed cars parked on the route itself surely if the roads were closed for this event shouldn't those cars have been removed, I'm sure the local residents were all warned/informed prior to the event.

Have just realised the authorities involved probably couldn't be bothered after all it's only bloody cyclists  14