Women's Tour: Lisa Brennauer wins title by six seconds

Germany's Lisa Brennauer, left, during the sprint finish
Germany's Lisa Brennauer, far left, finished in the top six in all five stages of the Women's Tour

Germany's Lisa Brennauer won the Women's Tour after finishing fourth in the final stage taken by Hannah Barnes.

British rider Barnes won a sprint finish in Hemel Hempstead ahead of Belgium's Jolien D'hoore and Italian Simona Frapporti.

D'hoore was Brennauer's closest general classification rival but finished six seconds down on the Velocio-SRAM rider.

Brennauer said: "This is one of the biggest events on the women's calendar, so this victory means a lot to me."

Barnes said: "This stage win was the biggest aim of the year, so I'm happy to have pulled it off.

"The sprint was crazy - very difficult. I got boxed in at 100m to go but thankfully got free."

Stage five result:

1 Hannah Barnes (GBR/Unitedhealthcare Professional Cycling Team) 2hrs 40mins 51secs

2 Jolien D'Hoore (Bel/Wiggle Honda) Same time

3 Simona Frapporti (Ita/Ale Cipollini) Same time

4 Lisa Brennauer (Ger/Velocio - SRAM) Same time

5 Christine Majerus (Lux/Boels Dolmans Cycling Team) Same time

Overall classification after stage five:

1 Lisa Brennauer (Ger/Velocio - SRAM) 15hrs 3mins 24secs

2 Jolien D'Hoore (Bel/Wiggle Honda) +6secs

3 Christine Majerus (Lux/Boels Dolmans Cycling Team) +7secs

4 Emma Johansson (Swe/Orica - Ais) +13secs

5 Hannah Barnes (Gbr/Unitedhealthcare Professional Cycling Team) +14secs

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