Lorena Wiebes received her second successive stage of the Ladies’s Tour of Britain, dominating the dash at Clacton-on-Sea on Friday.
The Dutch Staff DSM rider beat world champion Elisa Balsamo in stage 5.
General chief Demi Vollering of SD Worx completed safely inside the peloton to retain the blue jersey and take a step nearer to victory.
She leads Staff DSM’s Juliette Labouis by one minute and 9 seconds heading into Saturday’s last stage.
Wiebes is barely the second lady, after compatriot Marianne Vos, to win back-to-back levels on the Tour.
Le Col’s Maria van’t Geloof got here in third, forward of Australian Chloe Hosking of Trek-Segafredo.
The ultimate 155.3km stage runs from Haverhill to Felixstowe.
Outcomes – stage 5
1. Lorena Wiebes (Ned/Staff DSM) 2hrs 19mins 53secs
2. Elisa Balsamo (Ita/Valcar-Journey & Service) similar time
3. Maria van’t Geloof (Ned/Drops-le-Col)
4. Chloe Hosking (Aus/Trek-Segafredo)
5. Clara Copponi (Fra/FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope)
6. Sofia Bertizzolo (Ita/Liv Racing)
7. Marta Bastianelli (Ita/Ale BTC Ljubljana)
8. Sheyla Gutierrez Ruiz (Spa/Movistar Staff Ladies)
9. Amy Pieters (Ned/Staff SD Worx)
10. Amber van der Hulst (Ned/Parkhotel Valkenburg)
1. Demi Vollering (Ned/Staff SD Worx) 12 hours 0mins and 37secs
2. Juliette Labouis (Fra/Staff DSM) +1min 9secs
3. Clara Copponi (Fra/FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope) +1min 16secs
4. Amy Pieters (Ned/Staff SDC Worx) +1min 19secs
5. Aude Biannic (Fra/Movistar Staff Ladies) +1min 33secs
6. Leah Kirchmann (Can/Staff DSM) +1min 46secs
7. Joscelin Lowden (GB/Drops-le-Col) +1min 47secs
8. Alice Barnes (GB/Canyon SRAM Racing) +1min 51secs
9. Chantal Blaak (Staff SD Worx) +1min 52secs
10. Pfeiffer Georgi (GB/Staff DSM) +1min 53secs