Marianne Vos (Jumbo-Visma) took her 4th stage of the 6 stage race Tour of Scandinavia when she won the final between Lillestrøm and Halden in Norway.
But it was Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig (FDJ) who went away with the yellow jersey after Sundays last 154,3 km – the longest stage of the race.
A break with five riders got about three and a half minute halfway. Katia Ragusa (Liv Racing), Sylvie Swinkels (Coop-Hitec Products), April Tacey (Le Col-Wahoo), Femke Markus (Parkhotel Valkenburg) and Maud Rijnbeek (AG Insurance–NXTG) held the lead to the inrun to the final city Halden.
But before the three last laps over 5,4 km each they were caught and it was Jeanne Korevaar (Liv Racing) who started the fireworks in the final. She held the lead for about two laps and was 10-12 seconds ahead of the bunch.
Liane Lippert (DSM) tried to attack Ludwig for the yellow jersey. The German champion was sitting 17 seconds behind, but Ludwig responded to every attack.
Instead it was Anouska Koster (Jumbo-Visma) who counterattacked and was close to repeat her win in Halden in 2016. She had the lead till the final 100 meters, but the peloton came up quickly and her teammate Marianne Vos was in a class of her own again.
Vos won ahead of Shar Bossuyt (Canyon SRAM) and Barbara Guarischi (Movistar), while Ludwig, Lippert and Alex Manly (BikeExchange-Jayco) took the podium places on GC.
Alison Jackson (Liv Racing) and Amber Kraak (Jumbo-Visma) took the green jersey respectively the climbers jersey. Neve Bradbury (Canyon SRAM) won the white jersey for best U23-rider while Mari Hole Mohr (Coop-Hitec Products) was the best Norwegian on the stage.