Grace Brown takes the overall lead after winning opening stage at Vuelta a Burgos

The Australian won the first stage in Spain from a three-woman breakaway group

Grace Brown wins stage of the 2021 Vuelta a Burgos
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Grace Brown took the opening stage of the Vuelta Burgos Feminas on Thursday. The Australian led a three women attack which went clear on the final climb, around six kilometres from the line.

The BikeExchange rider drove the move in the final and even led out the sprint from the front, holding off Swiss champion Elise Chabbey (Canyon-SRAM) who was second, while Niamh Fisher Black (SD Worx) was third.

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Owen Rogers is an experienced journalist, covering professional cycling and specialising in women's road racing. He has followed races such as the Women's Tour and Giro d'Italia Donne, live-tweeting from Women's WorldTour events as well as providing race reports, interviews, analysis and news stories. He has also worked for race teams, to provide post race reports and communications.