Jolien D’Hoore wins opening stage of Women’s Tour for second year in a row

• Belgian wins over 157km from Beccles to Stowmarket
• Froome and Yates in Critérium du Dauphiné top 10

Jolien D’Hoore won the opening stage of the OVO Energy Women’s Tour for the second year running. The 29-year-old Belgian, riding for Boels-Dolmans, triumphed over the 157km route from Beccles to Stowmarket in Suffolk.

Abby-Mae Parkinson broke away from the pack with 22km remaining and opened up a gap of more than a minute and a half. The 21-year-old was reeled in over the closing kilometres and D’Hoore won the finishing sprint to take the green jersey.

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