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Trott suffers Tour crash

Laura Trott crashed heavily on Friday's third stage of the Friends Life Women's Tour and had to go to hospital for precautionary scans.

Saturday's fourth stage is something of a homecoming for Trott (Wiggle Honda) and her sister Emma (Boels-Dolmans). It will start in their hometown of Cheshunt and finish in Welwyn Garden City, where the pair began racing.

Whether Trott takes part depends on her recovery following a crash on the 80.5-kilometre route from Felixstowe to Clacton-on-Sea, a stage she completed.

Trott's team boss Rochelle Gilmore told BBC Sport: "It was a nasty crash. She was actually shaking, she looked a little bit pale and it was a bit scary.

"Laura rode to the finish with a group just behind the main peloton, but when she came in I have never seen anyone in so much pain.

"It's really hard to see the tears of pain after the stage and it's amazing that she wants to start on Saturday, even though she hasn't had chance to consider what condition she is in."

World and Olympic champion Marianne Vos won stage three to take the overall lead entering the final two days of racing.

The Dutch Rabobank rider triumphed ahead of stage one winner Emma Johansson (Orica-GreenEdge).

Lizzie Armitstead (Boels-Dolmans) was fourth and sits fifth overall, 18 seconds behind Vos.

Vos took the race leader's yellow jersey from stage two winner Rossella Ratto, who moved to nine seconds behind in third, with Johannson eight seconds behind Vos.

The race finishes in Bury St Edmunds on Sunday.