Britain’s Hannah Barnes completed sixth as Italy’s Marta Bastianelli received a dramatic dash end to take the opening stage of the Ladies’s Tour of Britain in Banbury.
A big group of riders approached the end line in a pack and 2007 street race world champion Bastianelli of Ale BTC Ljubljana edged forward for victory.
Britain’s Josie Nelson was eighth with compatriot Joss Lowden in twenty third.
Defending champion Lizzie Deignan was 26 seconds behind the leaders.
Deignan’s Trek-Segafredo team-mate Chloe Hosking completed second within the 147.7km Bicester to Banbury stage, whereas FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope’s Clara Copponi was third.
Barnes, Nelson and Lowden – who broke biking’s prestigious hour file on Thursday – had been three of eight British riders to complete within the main group.
Deignan is the one rider to have received the Ladies’s Tour twice and the 32-year-old arrived in Oxfordshire after victory within the gruelling Paris-Roubaix race on Saturday.
“It is a very good win for me,” Bastianelli stated of her first Ladies’s Tour stage victory. “The dash was not straightforward as a result of it’s a little bit harder and uphill, and I feel it isn’t for the sprinters, however for me it’s a good race and a great day.”
Nina Kessler took the sprints jersey, whereas Demi Vollering has the Queen of the Mountains jersey.
Tuesday’s stage will happen in Walsall and canopy 102.2km.
Ladies’s Tour stage one outcome
1. Marta Bastianelli (Ita/Ale BTC Ljubljana) 3 hours 44mins 41secs
2. Chloe Hosking (Aus/Trek-Segafredo) Similar time
3. Clara Copponi (Fra/FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope)
4. Sheyla Gutierrez (Spa/Movistar)
5. Elena Cecchini (Ita/SD Worx)
6. Hannah Barnes (GB/Canyon SRAM Racing)
7. Sofia Bertizzolo (Ita/Liv Racing)
8. Josie Nelson (GB/ Crew Coop-Hitec Merchandise)
9. Amy Pieters (Ned/SD Worx)
10. Leah Kirchmann (Can/Crew DSM)