Belgium’s Jolien D’Hoore has won the opening stage of the Women’s Tour for the second successive year.
D’Hoore finished ahead of Boels-Dolmans team-mate Amy Pieters in a sprint finish in Stowmarket, with Germany’s Lisa Brennauer third after the 157.6km route in Suffolk.
Britain’s Abby-Mae Parkinson had led by 90 seconds at one stage, but finished in 67th place.
Eleanor Dickinson was the leading British rider finishing in 12th.
Tuesday’s stage two is a 62.5km route around Kent’s Cyclopark with the final stage from Carmarthen to Pembrey Country Park on Saturday.
General classification after stage one
1. Jolien D’Hoore (Bel/Boels-Dolmans) 4hours 9minutes 2seconds
2. Amy Pieters (Ned/Boels-Dolmans) +4secs
3. Lisa Brennauer (Ger/WNT-Rotor) +6secs
4. Sheyla Gutierrez (Spa/Movistar) +7secs
5. Marianne Vos (Ned/Ccc – Liv) +8secs
6. Coryn Rivera (US/Team Sunweb) Same time
7. Roxane Fournier (Fra/Movistar) +10secs
8. Chloe Hosking (Aus/Ale Cipollini) Same time
9. Maria Giulia Confalonieri (Ita/Valcar Cylance Cycling) Same time
10. Julie Leth (Den/Bigla) Same time