The ‘joys’ of Worcester’s one-way system, so familiar to the city’s motorists, motorcyclists and cyclists gave the riders in the OVO Energy Women’s Tour plenty to think about.

After sprinting to a win on the stage, Danish former world champion Amalie Dideriksen described the climax of the race as the peloton came over Worcester Bridge, down New Road, round Cripplegate Park and into Hylton Road.

The Boels-Dolmans rider said: “It was a pretty technical finish - there were lots of islands and there was a long u-turn then a left hand turn, so we wanted to be in first and second coming round there and I just started my sprint when we got closer. I’m really happy with the win.”

Race leader Coryn Rivera of Team Sunweb said “This is one of the best women’s races in the world. The crowds have been great, it’s been amazing on the weekdays to hear all the schoolkids yelling as we go by. It’s an honour to be the leader of this race.”

Having finished in the leading group, Rivera keeps her lead in the overall General Classification, but lost two seconds to Marianne Vos, who picked up a bonus for finishing third. Vos is now only 14 seconds behind Rivera.

British rider Dani Rowe is in third but has slipped by a couple of seconds to 22 off the leader. She had to be treated by medics after the race finished having come down in a nasty-looking crash on London Road as the bunch sped into the city centre.

While she remains in the blue Adnams Best British rider jersey, it was presented to her Waowdeals team-mate Vos on the podium to accept on Rowe’s behalf as she received medical attention.

The GC situation is reversed in the Breast cancer care sprints competition for the pink jersey. Vis leads form Rivera, having never once finished outside the top 10 in this race. Amalie Dideriksen has moved into third.

Having been second over the day’s main climb at Snowshill Italian Elisa Longo Bhorgini has a comfortable lead in the Skoda Queen of the Mountain’s jersey competition.

Coryn Rivera is also leading the Eisberg wine intermediate sprints competition for the red jersey.

Highlights of the Evesham to Worcester stage are on ITV 4 at 8pm on Saturday, repeated at 6.40 am on Sunday June 17.

The OVO Energy Women’s Tour finishes on Sunday when the race runs for 122 km from Dolgellau near Cardigan Bay in north-west wales to the north coast at Colwyn Bay