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Summary

  1. Poland's Katarzyna Niewiadoma wins stage one of the 2017 Women's Tour through Northamptonshire, on 7 June 2017
  2. Riders left Daventry on the Grand Depart at 11:00 BST
  3. Niewiadoma (WM3 Pro Cycling) crossed the line not long after 15:00 BST in Kettering after opening up a strong lead
  4. Marianne Vos (WM3 Pro Cycling) comes in second, Christine Majerus (Boels Dolmans) in third
  5. "I'm so happy. It went so great today," says Niewiadoma following her win
  6. Riders faced categorised climbs at Haselbech and Rockingham, with sprints at Desborough and Oundle
  7. All of the world's top 15 teams took part in the event
  8. Stage two through Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire takes place tomorrow, 8 June
  9. Get involved: Your view of the Women's Tour #BBCWomensTour

Live Reporting

By Kris Holland

All times stated are UK

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Goodbye

That's it for our live coverage of the first stage of the Women's Tour 2017.

The Northamptonshire leg is over but there's still a long, long way to go for the competitors, starting with another 90 miles (144km) tomorrow from Stoke-on-Trent.

You can of course scroll back here to see highlights from the day.

Thanks for joining us.

A great day for Northamptonshire's Barnes sisters

Hannah and Alice Barnes from Towcester put in impressive performances in their home county.

Alice came seventh - the best-placed British rider - while Hannah (pictured below) finished fourteenth.

Hannah Barnes
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Hannah said she enjoyed competing with her sister: "I came round the last corner and thought I might get a jersey today. Then she came round and we started laughing.

"It's great having her in the race and to catch up as I don't get to see her very often.

"It was a good, challenging course today and seeing all the schoolkids out on the side of the road was really great.

"But it's a really long tour, so you have to really focus on doing the best you can while keeping something back for the following days."

Their proud mum, Sue Barnes, said: "It's been great and it's hard to get over that so many people really want to see them.

"I don't think they realise how famous they are among the cycling community."

Stoke-on-Trent to host stage two tomorrow

We'll bring you reaction from today's race soon, but in the meantime let's have a quick look ahead to tomorrow.

The 2017 Women's Tour will resume with stage two in Stoke-on-Trent.

It'll be the second time the event has been to the city, which will host both the start and finish of the race.

In 2016, Marianne Vos (Ned) - who finished second in the general classification today - won the Staffordshire stage of the race.

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Women's Tour

Stage one: General classification

Stage One result:

1. Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Pol/WM3) 3hrs 51mins 39secs

2. Marianne Vos (Ned/WM3) +1min 40secs

3. Christine Majerus (Lux/Boels Dolmans) Same time

4. Giorgia Bronzini (Ita/Wiggle High5) Same time

5. Tiffany Cromwell (Aus/Canyon Sram) Same time

Full results from stage one are available on the Women's Tour website.

Alice Barnes claims Best British Rider jersey

Jonathan Park

BBC Look East sport

Twenty-one-year-old Alice Barnes (below) from Towcester in Northamptonshire was the top British rider in stage one - finishing seventh overall in the Daventry to Kettering race.

Her prize for doing so is the Best British Rider jersey, which is awarded to the leading British rider on general classification following each day’s stage.

Alice Barnes
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Her sister, Hannah, won the overall Best British Rider jersey in the 2015 edition of the race.

Keep it in the family, girls...

That feeling...

Party time for Niewiadoma

The podium is set

To confirm, the top three from today's 2017 Women's Tour stage one race from Daventry to Kettering is:

  1. Niewiadoma (WM3 Pro Cycling)
  2. Vos (WM3 Pro Cycling)
  3. Majerus (Boels Dolmans)

Alice Barnes (Drops) was the highest-placed Briton in seventh place.

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Alice Barnes highest-placed Briton

James Burridge

BBC Look East

We're still waiting for confirmation of the final placings for the race, but I'm told Towcester's Alice Barnes (Drops) is the highest-placed Briton.

'It went so great'

Katarzyna Niewiadoma (WM3 Pro Cycling) says: "I'm so happy. It's incredible. It was hard for me last week, I got a small injury. It went so great today."

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Vos and Majerus complete top three

It's a 1-2 for WM3 Pro Cycling, as Marianne Vos leads the peloton over the line a few minutes behind race winner Niewiadoma. She's followed by Christine Majerus (Boels Dolmans).

Cheers all round

Niewiadoma completes 47.5km breakaway

BreakingVictory for Niewiadoma

Poland's Katarzyna Niewiadoma wins stage one of the 2017 Women's Tour.

Niewiadoma cruising...

Still a strong gap...

Race nears Kettering conclusion

Graham McKechnie

BBC Radio Northampton sport

I'm guessing we are about 10 minutes from the end of the race.

It's very windy here and the weather is not as nice as we've had in previous years.

Certainly the crowds are down on what we have seen in Kettering before, though the finish straight is still pretty well populated.

kettering
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Too little, too late?

Riders fly through Finedon

This was the scene past the infants' school at 14:40.

Finedon
Julie Keller
Finedon
Julie Keller
Finedon
Julie Keller
Finedon
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Katarzyna Niewiadoma: A look at today's leader

Poland's Katarzyna Niewiadoma leads stage one of the Women's Tour with just 20km of today's race remaining, but the gap is narrowing.

If she can maintain her advantage, the 22-year-old, riding for WM3, will claim her first victory of 2017.

Last year, Niewiadoma finished sixth in the Rio 2016 women's Olympic road race.

Katarzyna Niewiadoma
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Edging closer...

Kettering ready to host stage finish

Graham McKechnie

BBC Radio Northampton sport

This is the scene at the finish line in Kettering.

The market town in the north of Northamptonshire is the most visited of any town in the history in the Women's Tour; it's hosting a stage finish for a third time.

Whether or not we get a sprint to the line is another matter - with Poland's Katarzyna Niewiadom now over three minutes ahead and on course for her first victory of 2017.

kettering market
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Crash in the peloton

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Meanwhile, Niewiadoma's lead is out to three minutes and 30 seconds

Watch: 'A riot of colour' in Daventry for Grand Depart

James Burridge

BBC Look East

If you're just joining us... where have you been?!

This was the scene in Daventry soon after the 2017 Women's Tour started at 11:00...

The 2017 Women's Tour cycle race gets under way.

Niewiadowa extends lead

Niewiadoma continues to pull away

There was a suggestion that Poland's Katarzyna Niewiadoma had attacked a little bit prematurely when she started to pull away at the 100km mark...

But no one seems to be interested in chasing her down just at the moment.

The WM3 rider is one minute and 45 seconds ahead at the 112km stage.

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Watch: Peloton zooms through Aldwincle

Catch her if you can...

Niewiadoma pulls away

Well, well, well...

Reports on the race radio suggest that Polish rider Katarzyna Niewiadoma - racing for the WM3 team - is now one minute and 20 seconds ahead of the rest of the peloton with around 40km remaining.

Will she be able to maintain that lead?

Polish rider Katarzyna Niewiadoma starts breakaway

Lead group reach Oundle

Caroline Densley

BBC Radio Northampton sport

The riders are coming through Oundle...

One, two, three, four - they are going unbelievably fast!

And they're followed by all of the remaining riders; sweeping round the corner from where I'm standing.

Ounlde 1
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Ounlde 2
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Women's Tour: Facts about the 2017 event

While we wait for the riders to head to Oundle, here are a few facts you may not know...

  • The 2017 Women's Tour takes place over five stages, from today until Sunday.
  • It's the fourth time the Women's Tour has taken place, having been first held in 2014.
  • 17 teams are taking part in the race, including the top 15 ranked teams in the world.
  • There are three British teams; Drops, Team WNT and Wiggle High5.
  • Kettering is the most visited town by the Women's Tour - with the Northamptonshire town hosting a stage finish for the third time in this year's race.

Riders close in on Oundle sprint

Doebel-Hicock crashes out