Bigla clean up at the inaugural Women's Tour of Scotland
Apocalyptic weather conditions and Bigla’s cleansweep were the two big stories of the inaugural Women’s Tour of Scotland after three fantastic stages of racing, from Dundee to Dunfermline and Glasgow to Perth, before Edinburgh played host to the third and final stage.
Voxwomen brought the race to life, with daily features and highlights from all three stages, as well as pre and post race interviews. And it was a race which had a bit of everything - hellish weather, a stage abandoned, gruelling climbs, World Tour talent excelling, and Scottish stars rising.
With no race leader after stage one was abandoned, Alison Jackson of Team Tibo-SVB claimed the race’s first yellow jersey, winning a reduced bunch sprint in Perth on stage two. But it was Bigla who outfoxed their World Tour rivals on stage three, claiming a cleansweep of all four jerseys. It all came down to the final sprint on the line in Holyrood Park, and it was Leah Thomas who crossed first, securing the sprints jersey and becoming the first ever race champion. Teammate Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig who launched an audacious attack on the park laps claimed the Queen of the Mountains jersey, while Nikola Noskova won the Best Young Rider jersey. Anna Shackley, just 18 years old, was the Best Scottish rider and Ann-Sophie Duyck, riding in memory of Bjorg Lambrecht who so tragically lost his life in the Tour of Poland last week, was the most combative rider for stage three.
Finishing fourth on the final stage, Alison Jackson came second overall by just five seconds, while Stine Borgli of Norway completed the podium. Rewatch all the action and features here!
Day one highlights
Day Two highlights
Day Three highlights
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