Marianne Vos moves closer to Lizzie Armitstead's lead in Women's Tour after stage four win

Dutchwoman Marianne Vos sprints ahead of the pack to win stage four of the 2016 Aviva Women's Tour in Stoke-on-Trent - Lizzie Armitstead retains overall lead - Photos by Andy Jones

Marianne Vos, Women's Tour 2016, stage four

(Image credit: Andy Jones)

Marianne Vos (Rabo-Liv) won an aggressive fourth stage of the Aviva Women’s Tour in Stoke-on-Trent today, sprinting clear on the uphill finish. The former multiple world champion victory led a group of 20 riders through the final corner crossing the line 120 metres later to claim her first victory of this year’s edition of the race.

Behind her, Lizzie Armitstead (Boels-Dolmans), who had been part of the main break of the day, finished in sixth position, retaining her lead in the general classification, extending her advantage over second placed Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (Cervelo-Bigla).

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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.