Rivera: This win belongs to the whole team

Two riders could celebrate victories in Colwyn Bay as the OVO Energy Women's Tour came to an end on Sunday. Coryn Rivera (Team Sunweb) defended her green jersey on stage 5 through Snowdonia, and Lotta Lepistö (Cervélo-Bigla) did one better than on Saturday's stage 4 when she won the seaside sprint. After a spring season hampered by illness and injury, the Finnish sprinter was relieved to stand on the top step of the podium. "Finally a win, now the pressure is off my shoulders," Lepistö said. "It's a big thing to have a win in this race. I was struggling on the first stages but on stage 3 my legs started opening up, and that gave me confidence."ADVERTISEMENT On a stage passing by some of Wales' highest mountains, Lepistö had to work for her victory. "There were two climbs early in the race, and I was in the second group when it split, but it came back together," she said. "The pace was steady on the longer climb so I survived it. I was worried about a late attack, but a headwind made that difficult. Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig and Clara Koppenburg made sure I wasn't boxed in coming to the line. I opened my sprint with 100 metres to go and put the hammer down." Rivera was a confident race leader on the final stage, defending her green jersey with aplomb.
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