Marianne Vos (Jumbo-Visma) is not to stop at the Tour of Scandinavia. On Thursdays third stage from Moss to Sarpsborg in Norway she took her third win in three days in three countries. It was her 245th win as a professional and her 11th in the race (former Ladies Tour of Norway).
Two riders formed a breakaway with more than three minutes lead at the most. British Josie Nelson (Coop-Hitec Products) and Elena Pirrone (Valcar) worked hard to stay away, but on the inrun to the final laps in Sarpsborg they were caught by Lourdes Oyarbide (Movistar).
The tree could not stay away and coming into the final three laps it was another British rider putting the heat on the race. Alice Barnes (Canyon SRAM) went away and stayed clear with more than 20 seconds lead until just before the final 6,7 km lap.
There were several attacks in the final, but it was Emilia Fahlin (FDJ) who opened the sprint with 500 meters to go. Everbody thought yesterdays runner-up was the sprinter, but the Swede was just leading out the Danish champion Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig. And the stage winner from the Tour de France Femmes did a good sprint in the slight uphill, but like shoot out of a canon Marianne Vos came through and won again.
Ludwig was clearly disappointed, but she is still one of the main contenders for the overall.
Vos got another 10 bonus seconds, but she doesn’t want to talk about her chances on Saturdays 10 km climb to the finish at Norefjell.
– First I’m looking at tomorrow, says the race leader. Then another 119 km like today is waiting in the undulating terrain between Askim and Mysen.
Canadian Alison Jackson (Liv Racing) kept the green jersey, while Amber Kraak (Jumbo-Visma) still is in a good lead for the climbers jersey. The white jersey to the best U23-rider changed to Belgian talent Shari Bossuyt (Canyon SRAM). The European track champion was third on the stage for the second time this week.