Roy grabs third in stage two sprint at the Women’s Tour

Tue 11 Jun 2019

Australian Sarah Roy sprinted to third place on stage two of the Women’s Tour after a frantic finale on the technical Kent Cyclopark circuit.

The double Women’s Tour stage winner managed to negotiate the tricky finale to cross the line in third place as the day ended in the anticipated bunch sprint on the purpose-built circuit.

Fast and Flowing

A fast and furious stage was expected with 25 laps around the 2.5-kilometeres circuit to contend with for the 90 plus strong peloton. Luckily for those lining up on the start line, the weather conditions were much better than the previous day, with the rain staying away for the entirety of the 62.k-kilometre stage.

With such a short and technical course it was always going to be hard for a breakaway or a solo rider to go clear, and so it proved with several early escape attempts coming to nothing.

Sprint Finale

The bunch were keen to keep it altogether as they contested the intermediate sprints, with Mitchelton-SCOTT choosing not to get involved and instead decided to focus on the final sprint for victory.

The pace was steadily being upped lap after lap as peloton began to get organised for the expected sprint finale. Roy was being marshalled well by her teammates and the 33-year-old was to the fore as the bell rang out for the final lap.

With a small ramp inside the final kilometre, positioning was key in the sprint for the line and it was Marianne Vos (CCC – Liv) who timed her kick perfectly to get the jump on the field with Roy reacting to take third place.

Sarah Roy:
“I’m so happy with third place. This is a nice little reward for the work we’ve been putting in as a team and individually to improve these sprint finish opportunities especially as a non-specialist sprinter, so I’m very happy and thankful for the opportunities to keep trying.”

“The final lap was led by Van Dijk from Trek-Segafredo with what looked like their whole team on the front for Lizzie. I did my best to position well and hold my ground with the other sprinters vying for a good spot into the corners. I was a few wheels behind the Trek team and I wanted to open up in the last chicane about 250 from the line.”

“There was also a steep little hill before that, so knowing when to use your strengths was key. Vos got the jump from behind me and I had awesome coaching from Alejandro in the radio, but I started my sprint just a fraction too late. My legs were cramping in the heat, but I just gave it what I had and to come away with third is pretty good for now and a great thing for the team to take into the next four stages as well.”

Women's Tour - Stage 2 Results:
1. Marianne Vos (CCC – Liv) 1:34:17
2. Lizzie Deignan (Trek-Segafredo) ST
3. Sarah Roy (Mitchelton-SCOTT) ST

General Classifcation After Stage 2:
1. Marianne Vos (CCC – Liv) 5:43:14
2. Lizzie Deignan (Trek-Segafredo) +0:09
5. Sarah Roy (Mitchelton-SCOTT) +0:11

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