Elvin goes over the top with the leaders and sprints into the top ten on stage two in BritainThu 14 Jun 2018
Two-time Australian road champion Gracie Elvin sprinted to eighth place on stage two of the OVO Energy Women’s Tour for Mitchelton-SCOTT after going with the attacks over the final climb into downtown Daventry.
An undulating stage that was always going to against race leader and sprinter Jolien D’hoore, the Australian outfit controlled proceedings at the head of the peloton until the inevitable splits came over the tough finishing circuits.
Coryn Rivera (Team-Sunweb) took the stage win from a reduced group that lead over the final climb that included Elvin and the American now moves into the race lead ahead of tomorrow’s stage three.
An altogether different type of parcours to stage one, the second day of racing hit the rolling terrain and after the first intermediate sprint a lone breakaway rider went clear.
Dutchwoman Maaike Boogard gained four minutes after 60kilometres of racing with Alex Manly at the head of the peloton for Mitchelton-SCOTT controlling the tempo.
The windy conditions made life difficult for Boogard and she was caught with 58kilometres to go and three categorised climbs to come including two ascents of the category two Newnham Hill.
Splits started to form on the closing circuits around Daventry with fluctuating gaps dividing the peloton over the rolling roads and New Zealand national champion Georgia Williams making it into the front group with less than 25kilometres to go along with Elvin and Sarah Roy.
Reforming ahead of the final ascent of Newnham Hill the peloton effused tension on the approach to the climb with everyone expecting attacks and they came with two kilometres to go with a small group going clear over the top.
Rivera won the sprint by a whisker ahead of Marianne Vos (Waow-Deals) with Elvin in fifth.
“It was never our main goal to try and defend the leaders jersey today, we had a great result on the opening stage and it was fantastic to start that way and take some of the pressure off in what is always a very hard race.”
“The first 100kilometres were pretty steady today and we knew that there were going to be splits on the last circuits and the team did a fantastic job of positioning and supporting myself, Georgia and Sarah over the climbs.
“Georgia and Sarah really helped me a lot over the last two ascents and our climbers are climbing very well. I was in a good position within the reduced bunch, but I probably went a little bit early against such a strong field, so I am happy with the result, but also a little frustrated at the same time.
“The frustration is good in a way, because I can use that for motivation and we have such a good spirit in the team we have really come together well for this race and we are working hard for each other out on the road and we’ll continue in that vein over the course of the race.”
OVO Energy Women’s Tour stage two results:
1. Coryn Rivera (Team-Sunweb) 04:08:06
2. Marianne Vos (Waow-Deals) ST
3. Christine Majerus (Boesl-Dolmans) ST
5. Gracie Elvin (Mitchelton-SCOTT) ST
General classification after stage two:
1. Coryn Rivera (Team-Sunweb) 07:22:22
2. Danielle Rowe (Waow-Deals) +0:15
3. Marianne Vos (Waow-Deals) +0:17
21. Sarah Roy (Mitchelton-SCOTT) +0:40
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