Vos Takes Biggest Win After Injury Lay-Off at Stage Three
Marianne Vos achieved her highest profile win yet since returning to racing after her extended lay-off, by claiming the third stage at the Tour of California.
With Megan Guarnier (Boels Dolmans) still in Yellow and leading the GC, teams began to turn their focus to individual stage wins – and it was Vos who grabbed this one for Rabo Liv over the 111km course.
The win was far from effortless, however – Vos and her team mates had to work hard to claw back a break that formed after Wiggle High5’s climbing expert Mara Abbott broke away on the second QOM stretch on Coleman Road.
Abbott gained around 30 seconds on the peloton, and then she was joined by a select group of GC contenders. The key teams were represented in the break, except Rabo Liv – meaning that others within the rear bunch had little incentive to chase and the gap rose to 90 seconds.
However, Vos’ team mate Shara Gillow put herself into the pain cave pulling Vos back into contention. The peloton came back together with 20km to go, and Vos was able to recover and prepare for a bunch sprint.
Posting on Instagram after the race, Vos said: “When team mate @sharagillow rides her *** off for you to catch the lead group for the final sprint, all you can do is thank her with a win & a hug afterwards. Very happy to take stage 3 @amgentocwomen after a strong ride by the whole team. Tough day at the office, but ‘it ain’t over until it’s over.’”
One place behind Vos was United Healthcare rider Coryn Rivera, with Wiggle High5’s Emma Johannson in third.