Australian Grace Brown has claimed her first Girls’s Tour stage victory and brought the general lead within the British race with two days to go after a dash end in Welshpool.
Brown, of the FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope workforce, was a part of a three-rider surge on the finish of the 144.7km fourth stage from Wrexham on Thursday.
She held off the problem of Italian Elisa Longo Borghini, who regardless of making a break for the road finally completed third behind Poland’s Kasia Niewiadoma.
The 29-year-old Camperdown rider now leads Niewiadoma by 4 seconds and Longo Borghini by six heading into Friday’s queen stage in Carmarthenshire.
Workforce DSM’s Dutch rider Lorena Wiebes, the earlier wearer of the yellow jersey and pre-race favorite, dropped again to eighth, 66 seconds behind the chief.