Laura Trott eyes Tour of Britain finish despite crashing

By Nick HopeBBC Olympic sports reporter
Concerns over Trott after heavy crash

Britain's Laura Trott is determined to continue in the Tour of Britain despite a heavy crash on Friday's third stage.

The Olympic track champion finished the stage and was taken to hospital with suspected concussion, but is now home and a decision on whether she will continue will be made on Saturday.

Stage four starts in Trott's home town and she tweeted:external-link "All ok! So onto the next stage. Cheshunt here we come."

Dutch rider Marianne Vos won stage three to take the overall race lead.

Wiggle Honda rider Trott, 22, landed on her head and injured an elbow after riding into the remnants of an accident midway through the 90.5km race from Felixstowe to Clacton-on-Sea.

"It was a nasty crash," her team boss Rochelle Gilmore told BBC Sport.

"She was actually shaking, she looked a little bit pale and it was a bit scary. She had to take a minute to consider whether it was worth continuing or pulling out, and decided to get back on the bike.

"Moments later she was throwing up off the bike, which is a really bad sign that she hit her head quite hard, but the main concern for her was her elbow."

Trott was taken to Clacton and District Hospital with a suspected chipped elbow shortly after the third stage on Friday, but an X-ray suggested the bone was not damaged.

"Laura rode to the finish with a group just behind the main peloton, but when she came in I have never seen anyone in so much pain," added Gilmour.

"It's really hard to see the tears of pain after the stage and it's amazing that she wants to start on Saturday, even though she hasn't had chance to consider what condition she is in.

"It's going to be a tough decision and difficult to tell Laura she can't start but let's hope she gets through the night without any headaches and if that's the case she will be on the start line."

Olympic road-race champion Vos won the sprint finish in Clacton from stage-one winner Emma Johansson of Sweden, with Trott's Wiggle Honda team-mate Giorgia Bronzini in third.

Britain's Lizzie Armitstead, who won the first intermediate sprint of the stage, finished fourth and it was later revealed by her Boels-Dolmans team that she contested the final sprint with a puncture.

Saturday's penultimate stage takes the riders from Cheshunt to Welwyn Garden City while Sunday's finale is a race from Harwich to Bury St Edmunds.

Friends Life Women's Tour stage three results:

1. Marianne Vos (Ned/Rabo-Liv) 2hrs 11mins 05secs

2. Emma Johansson (Swe/Orica AIS) same time

3. Giorgia Bronzini (Ita/Wiggle Honda) same time

4. Lizzie Armitstead (GB/Boels-Dolmans) same time

5. Elena Cecchini (Ita/Estado de Mexico Faren) same time

6. Leah Kirchmann (Can/Optum) same time

7. Amy Pieters (Ned/Netherlands) same time

8. Lucy Garner (GB/Great Britain) same time

9. Ellen van Dijk (Ned/Boels-Dolmans) same time

10. Chloe Hosking (Aus/Hitec) same time

General classification

1. Marianne Vos (Ned/Rabo-Liv) 7 hrs 41 mins 14 seconds

2. Emma Johansson (Swe/Orica AIS) +8"

3. Rossella Ratto (Ita/Estado de MexicoFaren) +9"

4. Susanna Zorzi (Ita/Astana)+14"

5. Lizzie Armitstead (GB/Boels Dolmans) +18"

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