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