Elisa Longo Borghini arrange an exhilarating finale to the Ladies’s Tour as she sprinted clear to win stage 5 atop the Black Mountain in Carmarthenshire.
The Italian attacked with 150 metres to go to carry off Poland’s Katarzyna Niewiadoma with Grace Brown in third.
Longo Borghini, a two-time Olympic road-race bronze medallist, drew degree on the identical time as Australian Brown on the prime of the final classification.
The race concludes with a 142.9km route from Chipping Norton to Oxford.
Becky Storrie was the best positioned British rider, ending 21 seconds adrift of Longho Borghini in ninth.
The Trek-Segafredo rider, 30, timed her ultimate effort to perfection on the gruelling 7.2km climb to the end, which reached a 21% gradient in locations.
Nevertheless, because of bonus seconds out there on the road, Brown retained the leaders’ jersey, with Niewiadoma now two seconds adrift of the main pair.
Sixteen bonus seconds can be found on the ultimate stage, which incorporates two intermediate sprints.
Stage 5 outcome
1. Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita/Trek-Segafredo) 3hrs 01mins 49secs
2. Kasia Niewiadoma (Pol/Canyon/SRAM Racing) Identical time
3. Grace Brown (Aus/FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope)
4. Kristen Faulkner (US/BikeExchange-Jayco)
5. Alexandra Manly (Aus/BikeExchange-Jayco)
6. Ashleigh Moolman (SA/SD Worx) +6secs
7. Riejanne Markus (Ned/Jumbo-Visma) +19secs
8. Veronica Ewers (US/EF Schooling-TIBCO-SVB) Identical time
9. Becky Storrie (GB/CAMS-Basso) +21secs
10. Sofia Bertizzolo (Ita/UAE Group ADQ) +23secs
Common classification after stage 5
1. Grace Brown (Aus/FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope) 15hrs 40mins 56secs
2. Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita/Trek-Segafredo) Identical time
3. Kasia Niewiadoma (Pol/Canyon/SRAM Racing) +2secs
4. Alex Manly (Aus/Group BikeExchange-Jayco) +20secs
5. Ashleigh Moolman (SA/SD Worx) +28secs
6. Elise Chabbey (Swi/Canyon/SRAM Racing) +45secs
7. Kristen Faulkner (US/Group BikeExchange-Jayco) +50secs
8. Veronica Ewers (US/EF Schooling-TIBCO-SVB) +1min 41secs
9. Sofia Bertizzolo (Ita/UAE Group ADQ) +1min 46secs
10. Mikayla Harvey (NZ/Canyon/SRAM Racing) +1min 52secs