Moolman-Pasio retains second overall after exciting racing
Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio again displayed aggressive riding on the penultimate stage of the Aviva Women’s Tour. The South African finished eighth on the stage after the four-rider lead group she was in was caught with 600 metres to go.
Marianne Vos (Rabo-Liv) was part of a 15 rider group that made the junction and won the stage ahead of Leah Kirchmann (Liv-Plantur) and Emma Johannson (Wiggle High5).
The stage started off really fast with several breakaway attempts. “No one team in particularly controlled but it just didn’t stick,” Moolman-Pasio said. “Eventually Emilia Fahlin got away.” Fallen was the lone leader and stayed away until the second sprint classification. The peloton reeled her in and Moolman-Pasio made her move as the climbing started followed by the yellow jersey, Elizabeth Armitstead (Boels-Dolmans), Elisa Longo Borhini and Johannson (both Wiggle High5).
“The race really got started with the second intermediate which was followed immediately by the two GPM’s and the four of us got away. I gave it everything in the group. Unfortunately they caught us with 600 metres to go and came with momentum so that suited Marianne perfectly. There was a corner with 150m to go, she went around there first and won,” Moolman-Pasio said.
“Tomorrow is the last stage. The race is still wide open so it’s going to be a seconds game. We’ll go in and do our best to win the tour.”
Moolman-Pasio retained second overall, training Armitstead by eight seconds.