Hannah Barnes enjoyed a successful start to 2015, winning the Gran Prix San Luis Femenino on 10 January, before taking stages one and two at the Tour Femenino de San Luis en route to the youth classification, to make it three wins in three days.
She followed that up with stage four of the Silver City’s Tour of the Gila and the youth classification in the inaugral Amgen Tour of California Women’s Race in May, coming a close second to Canadian Leah Kirchmann (Optum-Kelly Benefit Strategies) on the third and final stage around Sacramento.
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Arguably the highlight of her season, though, was her sprint finish victory on stage five of the Tour of Britain, outsprinting Julien D’Hoore (Wiggle-Honda) and Simona Frapporti (Alé Cipollini) at the line in Hemel Hempstead back in June.
The 22-year-old, who will ride for Canyon-SRAM (formerly Velocio-SRAM) next season, finished fifth overall, just 14 seconds behind new teammate Lisa Brennauer, and managed to secure her third young rider’s jersey of the season with stage victory, having only entered four stage races.