A fast and furious edition of the Ceratizit Madrid Challenge by La Vuelta with Roy best in 22nd

Sun 15 Sep 2019

Stage two of the Ceratizit Madrid Challenge by La Vuelta was a fast and furious circuit race around Madrid city centre with rain adding to the challenge. Sarah Roy was the highest finisher for the team in 22nd place after an aggressive 98kilometres of racing.

Rain in the final few laps saw a few crashes in the bunch which left the riders nervous and cautious. In the end the race conclude with a sprint won by Chloe Hosking (Ale-Cipollini) with Lisa Brennauer (WNT-Rotor Pro Cycling) securing the overall victory after the two-days of racing.

Fast and Short Laps

The city centre circuit race has always been a hard and intense race, and this year was no different. Various riders tried to breakaway and snap the elastic, but with tight U-turns at the end of each straight it was always hard to gain momentum and ride out of the peloton’s sight.

With intermediate sprint at the finish line almost every lap, it was hard for any riders to breakaway with yesterday’s stage winner and current race leader Lisa Brennauer (WNT-Rotor Pro Cycling) keen to keep an eye on them, with the top three in each sprint awarded five, two and one bonus seconds.

The Battle For Seconds

The race turned out to be a fierce battle for seconds between the GC contesters such as Lucinda Brand (Team Sunweb) and Brennauer. 

Mitchelton-SCOTT with their only concern being the stage win, tried to go with the early moves and race aggressively at the beginning, but no riders were given any freedom to breakaway.

Georgia Williams was one of the riders to go down in the crash due to the wet roads but thankful finished with no major issues.

In the end, the race finished with a predicted bunch sprint. Allen took her chances and tried to go with 500metres remaining but the charge from behind was too much.

Jess Allen

“It was very aggressive from the start, Team Sunweb were attacking and myself and Georgia were following a lot and tried a few of our own.

"The rain came down three-quarters of the way through and then the course was like an ice-rink then there were some crashes.

“Roy had to then try and get back after being slowed by the crash. I gave it a crack and went early with around 500metres to go but it was just too hard and too long to the finish.

“A lot of people were close on GC so they were going for the sprints, so it was a full on race all day. “

Alejandro Gonzales - Sport Director

“We tried to be aggressive and go in any breakaway’s but when the rain started, Roy didn’t want to take any risks with surgey coming up.

“With all the bonifications, the riders on GC tried to go for those and that is what made it so hard for the breakaway to get away which changed it a lot from last year. The top three riders were so close and there were 55seconds up for grabs.”

Ceratizit Madrid Challenge by La Vuelta - Stage 2 Results:

1. Chloe Hosking (Ale-Cipollini) 2:20:31
2. Letitia Paternoster (Trek-Segafredo) ST
3. Roxane Fournier (Movistar) ST
22. Sarah Roy (Mitchelton-SCOTT) ST

Ceratizit Madrid Challenge by La Vuelta - General Classification:

1. Lisa Brennauer (WNT-Rotor Pro Cycling) 2:33:06
2. Lucinda Brand (Team Sunweb) +0:10
3. Pernille Mathisen (Team Sunweb) +0:28
20. Georgia Williams (Mitchelton-SCOTT) +1:02

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