No reward for MTS women after a big effort on stage two of the Ladies Tour of NorwayFri 23 Aug 2019
Mitchelton-SCOTT were active throughout the second stage of the Ladies Tour of Norway today with riders on the attack, picking up Queen of the Mountains points and controlling the peloton making an aggressive final but in the end finished the stage outside the top ten with no real rewards for all of their day's efforts.
Marianne Vos (CCC-Liv) launched away solo with five kilometres to go and just held on to take a solo victory ahead of the chasing peloton and despite a late attack and chase by Grace Brown at the one kilometre to go mark.
Riders try to snap the elastic
Unlike yesterday’s stage, the riders were welcomed with sun and blue skies ahead of the 133kilometre day. Two-riders were the first to try and breakaway but the move was quickly neutralised before the first Queen of the Mountains prime were Lucy Kennedy took second over the top.
Diana Penuela (Ale-Cipollini) then went on to lead the race solo with 88kilometres remaining for a period and took maximum points over the second QOM, before being caught with 72kilometres to go.
More attacks followed but the peloton looked keen to keep things together with a second intermediate sprint prime hotly contested at 50kilometres to go.
Brown gets away
As the riders entered the final three-lap circuit, Mitchelton-SCOTT took control of the peloton, setting a fast pace before Brown spent a period off the front of the bunch with six other riders and 20kilometres remaining.
The group came back and more moves followed with the team always present towards the front, then on the final lap Marianne Vos (CCC-Liv) launched an attack with five kilometres to go, and just held on by a few metres to take the stage victory. Moniek Tenniglo was the highest finisher for the team in 16th place.
"Today was a pretty crazy day. We rode really well as a team especially through a lot of the crosswind sections of the day. We hoped to make the race hard to force a selection in the final circuit.
"It was definitely hard, but not enough to split the bunch properly. Unfortunately it came down to a sprint after we’d already burned our matches for the day. Roy did a big turn to close a gap in the final lap and wasn’t able to sprint."
Martin Vestby - Sport Director
"We wanted an agressive final and get ourselfs in breaks in the final laps. We also hoped for more wind, but it didnt play a part.
"The girls road a lot better as a team today and backer each other up. They had some good goes, but no big results."
Ladies Tour of Norway - Stage 2 Results:
1. Marianne Vos (CCC-Liv)
2. Alice Barnes (Canyon-SRAM Racing)
3. Marta Bastianelli (Team Virtu Cycling)
16. Moniek Tennigo (Mitchelton-SCOTT)
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