Barnes starts strongly

GB's Hannah Barnes made a good start to the first ever Women's Tour as she came home third after the opening stage from Oundle to Northampton.

The 21-year-old UnitedHealthcare rider from Kent impressed as she led the British attack, with double junior world road race champion Lucy Garner finishing sixth and 2012 Olympic silver medallist Lizzie Armitstead in eighth.

Sweden's Emma Johansson leads the way after the first of five stages, with the final stage concluding in Bury St Edmunds on Sunday.

The 2008 Olympic silver medallist, who rides for Orica AIS, came home in two hours 28 minutes and 29 seconds on the first day as she claimed a narrow victory over Marianne Vos of Holland, who was four seconds back following the 92.4km stage.

Johansson now leads the YodelDirect Points Jersey, thanks to points scored at the opening YodelDirect Sprint in Desborough, and the 15 points she collected for crossing the finish line first.

The 30-year-old was delighted to claim the overall lead on day one, and told her Twitter account: "One word that describes it all (atmosphere,course,crowd,final,teamies,yellow...) AMAZING! @thewomenstour £LivingTheDream £MakingMemories."

Elsewhere, Britain's Jessie Walker finished 18th, Southampton's Olympic champion Dani King came home 29th on her Wiggle Honda with her team-mate Laura Trott, who has been suffering from laryngitis, nine places further back.