Towcester’s Hannah Barnes finished with a flourish in the Aviva Women’s Tour of Britain as she claimed victory in the fifth and final stage on Sunday.
Barnes, who rides for United Health Care, won a tight sprint, edging out Wiggle-Honda’s Jolien D’hoore in the closing stages of the race from Marlow to Hemel Hempstead.
Lisa Brennauer, Saturday’s stage winner and general classification leader, finished in fourth place to secure the overall victory.
But 22-year-old Barnes could be proud of her efforts as the stage win helped her earn fifth place overall and also saw her claim the best young rider accolade.
“I’ve been focussing on my climbing this winter and made sure I was in a good position going into the bottom of the climbs,” Barnes told Cycling Weekly after completing the 102-kilometre route, which was the most challenging of the week.
“I was always on the right side of the splits, too.
“I knew it was going to be hard around here, it’s the Chilterns, but they weren’t the Alps.
“I knew it was going to be four or five minute efforts, as hard as I could and then hopefully it would all calm down a bit.
“The sprint was crazy, really difficult. I got boxed with about 300 metres to go, but thankfully it opened up and I was able to open up my sprint.
“I got a maximum watts, which is quite nice.”
Aviva Women’s Tour final general classification
1 Lisa Brennauer (Ger) Velocio-SRAM 15h03’24”
2 Jolien D’hoore (Bel) Wiggle-Honda +06
3 Christine Majerus (Lux) Boels-Dolmans +07
4 Emma Johansson (Swe) Orica-AIS +13
5 Hannah Barnes (GB) United Health Care +14
6 Simona Frapporti (It) Alé Cipollini +26
7 Leah Kirchmann (Can) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies +29
8 Alexis Ryan(USA) USA +30
9 Pascale Jeuland (Fra) Poitou Charentes Futuroscope.86
10 Maria Confalonieri (It) Alé Ccipollini