Vos wins Women's Tour

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Olympic and world champion Marianne Vos completed a dominant performance to win a hugely successful inaugural Friends Life Women's Tour on Sunday.

The Dutchwoman claimed a third successive stage success on the fifth and final day to seal overall victory in front of large crowds in Bury St Edmunds.

Vos (Rabo-Liv), who won London 2012 gold ahead of Britain's Lizzie Armitstead, won on the concluding 108-kilometre stage from Harwich - and with it 10 bonus seconds - to triumph overall by 30 seconds.

Wiggle-Honda's Giorgia Bronzini was second on the day and Amy Pieters (Netherlands) third, while Emma Johansson (Orica-GreenEdge) was fifth to seal second overall.

Third overall was Rossella Ratto (Estadio de Mexico-Faren), while Armitstead (Boels-Dolmans) withdrew prior to the start of Sunday's final stage after battling illness all week.

Two-time world junior champion Lucy Garner (Great Britain) was the best-placed Briton in seventh overall, 50 seconds behind Vos.

Double Olympic track champion Laura Trott (Wiggle-Honda) was 55th overall after a heavy crash on Friday and Saturday's stage which began in her hometown of Cheshunt, while her sister Emma (Boels-Dolmans) was 60th overall before retiring after crossing the finish line in Suffolk.

The pair crossed the line together on the final stage.

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