Hayley Simmonds wins combativity award on AJ Bell Women's Tour of Britain
Hayley Simmonds’ solo efforts earned the combativity award on the AJ Bell Women's Tour of Britain.
The former Cambridge University Cycling Club member was racing for the CAMS-Basso Bikes team on the tour, and it was her lone attack on stage five that earned the accolade.
Simmonds, a bronze medallist at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in the time trial, had an audacious ride on the roads of Essex on the fifth day of six.
From within 7km of the start in Colchester, she went it alone to amass a four-and-a-half minute lead with 50km remaining.
A mixture of the peloton working together on a climb at Manningtree and Simmonds' fatigue saw her caught just 15 minutes outside the finish in Clacton, and the performance moved her into the top 20
But, having had the virtual blue jersey for a large part of the day, Simmonds was given the combativity award at the end of the tour.
She tweeted: "I never expected to be standing on the podium at the end of this week for the overall combativity award! Thanks @thewomenstour for a brilliant week of racing.
"A week ago when @thewomenstour began, I never imagined I’d be on the podium in Felixstowe at the end of Stage 6 taking home the combativity prize. Last week was so much more than I thought it would be and I’ll remember it for a long time!"