A first Gloucestershire stage for the Women’s Tour saw riders leave Tewkesbury and head into the Forest of Dean before returning to the county town of Gloucester. The rolling climbs in the middle of the stage did their job as the riders repeatedly attacked and caused splits. A group of 17 riders went clear but the group was too big to work efficiently and previously dropped riders were able to re-join the front of the race. Once Team DSM had managed to get Lorena Wiebes back up front, there was pretty much only going to be one winner here. Megan Jastrab and Pfeiffer Georgi led the way and Wiebes duly delivered her second stage win in a row at this year’s Women’s Tour.
I was in Tewksbury for the start of the stage and headed over to Gloucester for the conclusion. Shortly before the riders made it into Gloucester, a massive rain shower dumped so much water on the roads. So despite being a previously lovely day with sunshine, riders finished absolutely soaked and covered in road crud.