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A BATTLE FOR THE CROWN

See what it takes to become Queen of the Mountains.

Story by STRAVA June 22nd, 2015

The Women’s Tour - 2015

Five stages, ten classified climbs, one amazing race.

The race was on from the start with numerous splits coming and going throughout. At certain points, the leading group was down only to a handful of riders. It took the concerted effort of a few teams to keep the race together.

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Breaking the pack

“Strava climbs help break it up. It’s been a very, very fast course, our average speeds have been high.” - Tiffany Cromwell
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Climbing competition

“You really have to be on it, there are two QOM’s in each stage and it is quite stressful.” - Sharon Laws, 2014 QOM

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Uenia Fernandes Da Souza (Alé-Cipollini) leads the penultimate QOM segment.


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“It’s just fantastic to have such support on the side of the road. When you are trying really hard, it just gives you that extra, extra bit.” - Dani King
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PUSH FOR THE LINE

Yet another Hoskins-Delzenne duel - this time with Melissa Hoskins came out on top.

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Look back

Melissa Hoskins glances over her shoulder at the damage done following the hard effort for a QOM early in the race.

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Defending the Polka Dots

After picking up the QOM jersey on day two, Melissa Hoskins held on to it through to the final stage.

“It started off as a little fun being in the jersey and almost a bit of a joke being a track sprinter. I got attached and I didn’t want anyone else to have it. So I went down swinging. Pretty stoked to have walked away with it.”
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A Proper Queen

Melissa Hoskins is crowned Queen of the Mountains.

“It’s pretty special. I’d say it’s one of the best things I’ve ever done.”
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UnitedHealthcare’s Katie Hall had the honor of wearing the first QOM jersey of the race.

“I did go in hoping to get it and being in the break made it a lot easier. It’s a really good challenge for me because I’m still working on positioning in the peloton. Having the QOM is a good thing to focus on while not the entire field is going for it. It’s fun. It’s going to be hard. I think it will be a good fight. ”

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katie archibald

Pearl Izumi Sport Tours’ Katie Archibald had an eventful first day of racing:

“Made it off the front and then, circle of life, went right out the arse. Won the combativity prize but 2 mins 10 secs down on overall I believe. Bonked so hard.”

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Team Work

Overall winner, Lisa Brennauer, was ecstatic to take home the yellow jersey.

“Hard to find words for how hard my team worked. I would been lost without them. It’s not just my victory it’s a victory of the team.”
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KUDOS

For sharing their efforts with the Strava community: Carlee Taylor, Dani King, Elisa Longo Borghini, Katie Archibald, Katie Hall, Alexis Ryan, Loren Rowney, Tiffany Cromwell, Roxane Fournier, Vera Koedooder, Sharon Laws and Helen Wyman.

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Amazing support

“It’s really set a benchmark for other races around the world. For us racing, you really feel the passion for cycling, you really feel that the crowds support you through the race.”

Marianne Vos, multiple World Champion

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Footnote: Images by: Jered and Ashley Gruber
Hemel Hempstead, United Kingdom
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