Pieters claims rainy Aviva Women's Tour stage win in Stratford-upon-Avon

Vos takes over race lead from Majerus

Amy Pieters (Wiggle High5) edged out defending champion Lisa Brennauer (Canyon-SRAM) in a photo finish on rain-soaked stage 2 of the Aviva Women’s Tour. It may have been close but there was little doubt in the mind of Pieters as her teammates screamed their congratulations down the radio while they rode to the team bus.

Marianne Vos (Rabo Liv) came close for yet another day but missed out on the stage win, finishing third on the line. There was some consolation for the Dutchwoman with the bonus points moving her up into first place in the overall classification and the yellow jersey but just three seconds ahead of Brennauer.

The rain hammered down for much of the day as the riders wound their way from Atherstone to Stratford-upon-Avon on what was the longest stage of this year’s race, 140km. The tough day out was evident as the mud and dirt spattered riders crossed the finish line in dribs and drabs.

Christine Majerus started the day in yellow after sprinted to her second career victory at the Women’s Tour on stage 1. Majerus’ Boels Dolmans team kept a tight leash on the peloton in the tricky conditions and the pack was still together some 30 kilometres into the day.

One rider who was keen to try and make spice things up was Ale Cipollini’s Emilia Fahlin. The former Swedish national champion made repeated attacks of the front. Unfortunately for Fahlin, the peloton weren’t happy to let someone with her pedigree go clear and each time she was brought back.

Vos began the day just a single second down on GC and she signalled her intent on claiming the yellow jersey for herself early on by contesting the intermediate sprints. With as many as three seconds available at each of the two sprints and seconds available on the line, there was everything to play for.

Majerus got the better of Vos in the first sprint in Kenliworth after 37 kilometres, while Lotta Lepisto (Cervelo-Bigla) mopped up the full complement of points and seconds. Vos wasn’t to be beaten for a second time and she came out on top in the second intermediate sprint of the day in Tysoe, closing the gap back to that single second.

The weather started taking its toll and it looked like the peloton might be ready to give a breakaway a shot when double junior world champion Amalie Dideriksen (Boels Dolmans) and Polish national champion Malgorzata Jasinska (Ale Cipollini) got off the front with 30 kilometres to go. They built up a lead of almost a minute before the group sprang into action and started chasing them back.

The speed of the chase behind the pair forced a split in the bunch and a group of 25 riders went clear before catching the two escapees. Most of the big names made it into the front group but there were some that missed the split including last year’s runner-up Jolien D’hoore and Emma Pooley. That would be the end of their stage chances and probably any hopes of the overall classification as they rolled in almost five minutes down.

Some late attacks, including one from Niki Harris (Boels Dolmans) with two kilometres remaining, threatened to split the front group again. It came back together again, however, just in time for the sprint finish. Brennauer, Pieters and Vos surged clear of the group in the final metres with Pieters taking it by half a wheel.

Stage 3 will be the most challenging stage yet with around 2,000 metres of climbing packed into 109 kilometres of racing between Ashbourne and Chesterfield.

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Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Amy Pieters (Ned) Wiggle High53:36:55 
2Lisa Brennauer (Ger) Canyon SRAM Racing  
3Marianne Vos (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team  
4Gracie Elvin (Aus) Orica-AIS  
5Christine Majerus (Lux) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam  
6Emma Johansson (Swe) Wiggle High5  
7Giorgia Bronzini (Ita) Wiggle High5  
8Floortje Mackaij (Ned) Team Liv-Plantur  
9Leah Kirchmann (Can) Team Liv-Plantur  
10Anna Van Der Breggen (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team  
11Linda Villumsen (NZl) UnitedHealthcare Women  
12Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Wiggle High5  
13Amalie Dideriksen (Den) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam  
14Nikki Harris (GBr) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam  
15Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) Canyon SRAM Racing  
16Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (RSA) Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling Team  
17Amanda Spratt (Aus) Orica-AIS  
18Elizabeth Armitstead (GBr) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam  
19Danielle King (GBr) Wiggle High5  
20Jermaine Post (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team  
21Malgorzta Jasinska (Pol) Ale' Cipollini  
22Elena Cecchini (Ita) Canyon SRAM Racing  
23Shara Gillow (Aus) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team  
24Eleonora Van Dijk (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam  
25Katie Hall (USA) UnitedHealthcare Women  
26Alena Amialiusik (Blr) Canyon SRAM Racing  
27Molly Weaver (GBr) Team Liv-Plantur  
28Eugenia Bujak (Pol) BTC City Ljubljana0:01:03 
29Eva Buurman (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team  
30Hannah Barnes (GBr) Canyon SRAM Racing0:01:42 
31Alice Barnes (GBr) Drops Cycling Team  
32Laura Massey (GBr) Drops Cycling Team  
33Rossella Ratto (Ita) Cylance Pro Cycling  
34Lauren Kitchen (Aus) Hitec Products  
35Anouska Koster (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team  
36Vita Heine (Nor) Hitec Products  
37Roxane Knetemann (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team  
38Lotta Lepistö (Fin) Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling Team  
39Anna Plichta (Pol) BTC City Ljubljana  
40Janneke Ensing (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team  
41Chantal Blaak (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam  
42Tatiana Guderzo (Ita) Hitec Products0:01:50 
43Ilona Hoeksma (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team0:04:57 
44Jennifer George (GBr) Drops Cycling Team  
45Jessie Walker (GBr) British National Team  
46Rebecca Durrell (GBr) Drops Cycling Team  
47Sophie Coleman (GBr) Drops Cycling Team  
48Annasley Park (GBr) British National Team  
49Marta Tagliaferro (Ita) Ale' Cipollini  
50Jolien D'Hoore (Bel) Wiggle High5  
51Carlee Taylor (Aus) Team Liv-Plantur  
52Loren Rowney (Aus) Orica-AIS  
53Grace Garner (GBr) British National Team  
54Emilie Moberg (Nor) Hitec Products  
55Clara Koppenburg (Ger) Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling Team  
56Sara Mustonen (Swe) Team Liv-Plantur  
57Eugénie Duval (Fra) Poitou-Charentes.Futuroscope.86  
58Mia Radotic (Cro) BTC City Ljubljana  
59Marta Bastianelli (Ita) Ale' Cipollini  
60Hannah Payton (GBr) Drops Cycling Team  
61Spela Kern (Slo) BTC City Ljubljana  
62Emilia Fahlin (Swe) Ale' Cipollini  
63Barbara Guarischi (Ita) Canyon SRAM Racing  
64Iris Slappendel (Ned) UnitedHealthcare Women  
65Jip Van Den Bos (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team  
66Lisa Klein (Ger) Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling Team  
67Stephanie Pohl (Ger) Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling Team  
68Sarah Roy (Aus) Orica-AIS  
69Alexandra Manly (Aus) Orica-AIS  
70Rozanne Slik (Ned) Team Liv-Plantur  
71Doris Schweizer (Swi) Cylance Pro Cycling  
72Amélie Rivat (Fra) Poitou-Charentes.Futuroscope.86  
73Pascale Jeuland (Fra) Poitou-Charentes.Futuroscope.86  
74Roxane Fournier (Fra) Poitou-Charentes.Futuroscope.86  
75Coralie Demay (Fra) Poitou-Charentes.Futuroscope.86  
76Alison Tetrick (USA) Cylance Pro Cycling  
77Esra Tromp (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team  
78Lucinda Brand (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team  
79Kirsten Wild (Ned) Hitec Products  
80Sheyla Gutierrez Ruiz (Spa) Cylance Pro Cycling  
81Tayler Wiles (USA) Orica-AIS  
82Emma Pooley (GBr) British National Team  
83Valentina Scandolara (Ita) Cylance Pro Cycling0:07:32 
84Simona Frapporti (Ita) Hitec Products  
85Manon Lloyd (GBr) British National Team  
86Anna Trevisi (Ita) Ale' Cipollini  
87Annalisa Cucinotta (Ita) Ale' Cipollini  
88Laurel Rathbun (USA) UnitedHealthcare Women0:13:59 
DNFUrsa Pintar (Slo) BTC City Ljubljana  
DNFAbigail Mickey (USA) UnitedHealthcare Women  
Sprint 1 - Kenilworth, 36.7km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Lotta Lepistö (Fin) Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling Team3 pts
2Christine Majerus (Lux) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam2 
3Marianne Vos (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team1 
Sprint 2 - Tysoe, 90.5km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Marianne Vos (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team3 pts
2Christine Majerus (Lux) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam2 
3Leah Kirchmann (Can) Team Liv-Plantur1 
Finish - 140.6km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Amy Pieters (Ned) Wiggle High515 pts
2Lisa Brennauer (Ger) Canyon SRAM Racing12 
3Marianne Vos (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team9 
4Gracie Elvin (Aus) Orica-AIS7 
5Christine Majerus (Lux) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam6 
6Emma Johansson (Swe) Wiggle High55 
7Giorgia Bronzini (Ita) Wiggle High54 
8Floortje Mackaij (Ned) Team Liv-Plantur3 
9Leah Kirchmann (Can) Team Liv-Plantur2 
10Anna Van Der Breggen (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team1 
Mountain 1 - Burton Dasset, 72.1km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Katie Hall (USA) UnitedHealthcare Women6 pts
2Alena Amialiusik (Blr) Canyon SRAM Racing5 
3Elizabeth Armitstead (GBr) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam4 
4Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (RSA) Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling Team3 
5Shara Gillow (Aus) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team2 
6Christine Majerus (Lux) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam1 
Mountain 2 - Ilmington, 116.3km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Malgorzta Jasinska (Pol) Ale' Cipollini6 pts
2Amalie Dideriksen (Den) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam5 
3Katie Hall (USA) UnitedHealthcare Women4 
4Clara Koppenburg (Ger) Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling Team3 
5Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Wiggle High52 
6Elizabeth Armitstead (GBr) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam1 
Young rider
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Floortje Mackaij (Ned) Team Liv-Plantur3:36:55 
2Amalie Dideriksen (Den) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam  
3Molly Weaver (GBr) Team Liv-Plantur  
4Eva Buurman (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team0:01:03 
5Hannah Barnes (GBr) Canyon SRAM Racing0:01:42 
6Alice Barnes (GBr) Drops Cycling Team  
7Rossella Ratto (Ita) Cylance Pro Cycling  
8Anouska Koster (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team  
9Jessie Walker (GBr) British National Team0:04:57 
10Annasley Park (GBr) British National Team  
11Grace Garner (GBr) British National Team  
12Clara Koppenburg (Ger) Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling Team  
13Eugénie Duval (Fra) Poitou-Charentes.Futuroscope.86  
14Hannah Payton (GBr) Drops Cycling Team  
15Jip Van Den Bos (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team  
16Lisa Klein (Ger) Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling Team  
17Alexandra Manly (Aus) Orica-AIS  
18Sheyla Gutierrez Ruiz (Spa) Cylance Pro Cycling  
19Manon Lloyd (GBr) British National Team0:07:32 
20Laurel Rathbun (USA) UnitedHealthcare Women0:13:59 
British rider
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Elizabeth Armitstead (GBr) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam7:01:42 
2Danielle King (GBr) Wiggle High50:00:01 
3Nikki Harris (GBr) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam  
4Molly Weaver (GBr) Team Liv-Plantur  
5Laura Massey (GBr) Drops Cycling Team0:01:43 
6Alice Barnes (GBr) Drops Cycling Team  
7Hannah Barnes (GBr) Canyon SRAM Racing  
8Rebecca Durrell (GBr) Drops Cycling Team0:04:58 
9Annasley Park (GBr) British National Team  
10Grace Garner (GBr) British National Team  
11Jessie Walker (GBr) British National Team  
12Jennifer George (GBr) Drops Cycling Team  
13Sophie Coleman (GBr) Drops Cycling Team  
14Hannah Payton (GBr) Drops Cycling Team  
15Emma Pooley (GBr) British National Team0:05:43 
16Manon Lloyd (GBr) British National Team0:09:01 
CombativityEmilia Fahlin (Swe) Ale' Cipollini  
General classification after stage 2
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Marianne Vos (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team7:01:26 
2Christine Majerus (Lux) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam0:00:03 
3Amy Pieters (Ned) Wiggle High50:00:07 
4Lisa Brennauer (Ger) Canyon SRAM Racing0:00:11 
5Giorgia Bronzini (Ita) Wiggle High50:00:13 
6Leah Kirchmann (Can) Team Liv-Plantur  
7Gracie Elvin (Aus) Orica-AIS0:00:14 
8Elizabeth Armitstead (GBr) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam0:00:16 
9Floortje Mackaij (Ned) Team Liv-Plantur0:00:07 
10Emma Johansson (Swe) Wiggle High5  
11Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Wiggle High5  
12Anna Van Der Breggen (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team  
13Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) Canyon SRAM Racing  
14Danielle King (GBr) Wiggle High5  
15Eleonora Van Dijk (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam  
16Malgorzta Jasinska (Pol) Ale' Cipollini  
17Amanda Spratt (Aus) Orica-AIS  
18Jermaine Post (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team  
19Elena Cecchini (Ita) Canyon SRAM Racing  
20Linda Villumsen (NZl) UnitedHealthcare Women  
21Nikki Harris (GBr) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam  
22Alena Amialiusik (Blr) Canyon SRAM Racing  
23Katie Hall (USA) UnitedHealthcare Women  
24Shara Gillow (Aus) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team  
25Amalie Dideriksen (Den) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam  
26Molly Weaver (GBr) Team Liv-Plantur  
27Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (RSA) Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling Team  
28Eugenia Bujak (Pol) BTC City Ljubljana0:01:20 
29Eva Buurman (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team  
30Lotta Lepistö (Fin) Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling Team0:01:56 
31Chantal Blaak (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam0:01:57 
32Rossella Ratto (Ita) Cylance Pro Cycling0:01:59 
33Lauren Kitchen (Aus) Hitec Products  
34Janneke Ensing (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team  
35Laura Massey (GBr) Drops Cycling Team  
36Anna Plichta (Pol) BTC City Ljubljana  
37Anouska Koster (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team  
38Alice Barnes (GBr) Drops Cycling Team  
39Roxane Knetemann (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team  
40Vita Heine (Nor) Hitec Products  
41Hannah Barnes (GBr) Canyon SRAM Racing  
42Tatiana Guderzo (Ita) Hitec Products0:02:07 
43Ilona Hoeksma (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team0:05:14 
44Marta Bastianelli (Ita) Ale' Cipollini  
45Jolien D'Hoore (Bel) Wiggle High5  
46Rebecca Durrell (GBr) Drops Cycling Team  
47Mia Radotic (Cro) BTC City Ljubljana  
48Marta Tagliaferro (Ita) Ale' Cipollini  
49Annasley Park (GBr) British National Team  
50Alison Tetrick (USA) Cylance Pro Cycling  
51Lucinda Brand (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team  
52Grace Garner (GBr) British National Team  
53Sara Mustonen (Swe) Team Liv-Plantur  
54Jessie Walker (GBr) British National Team  
55Emilie Moberg (Nor) Hitec Products  
56Sarah Roy (Aus) Orica-AIS  
57Stephanie Pohl (Ger) Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling Team  
58Eugénie Duval (Fra) Poitou-Charentes.Futuroscope.86  
59Jennifer George (GBr) Drops Cycling Team  
60Spela Kern (Slo) BTC City Ljubljana  
61Iris Slappendel (Ned) UnitedHealthcare Women  
62Sheyla Gutierrez Ruiz (Spa) Cylance Pro Cycling  
63Carlee Taylor (Aus) Team Liv-Plantur  
64Amélie Rivat (Fra) Poitou-Charentes.Futuroscope.86  
65Sophie Coleman (GBr) Drops Cycling Team  
66Barbara Guarischi (Ita) Canyon SRAM Racing  
67Hannah Payton (GBr) Drops Cycling Team  
68Emilia Fahlin (Swe) Ale' Cipollini  
69Clara Koppenburg (Ger) Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling Team  
70Esra Tromp (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team  
71Jip Van Den Bos (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team  
72Rozanne Slik (Ned) Team Liv-Plantur  
73Pascale Jeuland (Fra) Poitou-Charentes.Futuroscope.86  
74Tayler Wiles (USA) Orica-AIS  
75Doris Schweizer (Swi) Cylance Pro Cycling  
76Alexandra Manly (Aus) Orica-AIS  
77Coralie Demay (Fra) Poitou-Charentes.Futuroscope.86  
78Roxane Fournier (Fra) Poitou-Charentes.Futuroscope.86  
79Kirsten Wild (Ned) Hitec Products  
80Emma Pooley (GBr) British National Team0:05:59 
81Loren Rowney (Aus) Orica-AIS0:07:04 
82Anna Trevisi (Ita) Ale' Cipollini0:07:49 
83Valentina Scandolara (Ita) Cylance Pro Cycling  
84Simona Frapporti (Ita) Hitec Products  
85Annalisa Cucinotta (Ita) Ale' Cipollini  
86Lisa Klein (Ger) Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling Team0:08:23 
87Manon Lloyd (GBr) British National Team0:09:17 
88Laurel Rathbun (USA) UnitedHealthcare Women0:15:13 
Point classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Marianne Vos (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team28 pts
2Christine Majerus (Lux) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam25 
3Amy Pieters (Ned) Wiggle High515 
4Giorgia Bronzini (Ita) Wiggle High513 
5Lisa Brennauer (Ger) Canyon SRAM Racing12 
6Leah Kirchmann (Can) Team Liv-Plantur11 
7Gracie Elvin (Aus) Orica-AIS10 
8Lotta Lepistö (Fin) Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling Team9 
9Marta Bastianelli (Ita) Ale' Cipollini7 
10Emma Johansson (Swe) Wiggle High55 
11Floortje Mackaij (Ned) Team Liv-Plantur4 
12Lucinda Brand (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team4 
13Alison Tetrick (USA) Cylance Pro Cycling3 
14Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Wiggle High52 
15Chantal Blaak (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam2 
16Elizabeth Armitstead (GBr) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam1 
17Anna Van Der Breggen (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team1 
Mountian classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Katie Hall (USA) UnitedHealthcare Women14 pts
2Ilona Hoeksma (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team12 
3Tayler Wiles (USA) Orica-AIS9 
4Malgorzta Jasinska (Pol) Ale' Cipollini6 
5Valentina Scandolara (Ita) Cylance Pro Cycling6 
6Elizabeth Armitstead (GBr) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam5 
7Alena Amialiusik (Blr) Canyon SRAM Racing5 
8Amalie Dideriksen (Den) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam5 
9Marta Bastianelli (Ita) Ale' Cipollini5 
10Lisa Klein (Ger) Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling Team4 
11Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (RSA) Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling Team3 
12Clara Koppenburg (Ger) Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling Team3 
13Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Wiggle High52 
14Shara Gillow (Aus) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team2 
15Christine Majerus (Lux) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam1 
16Rozanne Slik (Ned) Team Liv-Plantur1 
17Anna Trevisi (Ita) Ale' Cipollini1 
Young rider classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Floortje Mackaij (Ned) Team Liv-Plantur7:01:43 
2Amalie Dideriksen (Den) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam  
3Molly Weaver (GBr) Team Liv-Plantur  
4Eva Buurman (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team0:01:03 
5Rossella Ratto (Ita) Cylance Pro Cycling0:01:42 
6Anouska Koster (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team  
7Alice Barnes (GBr) Drops Cycling Team  
8Hannah Barnes (GBr) Canyon SRAM Racing  
9Annasley Park (GBr) British National Team0:04:57 
10Grace Garner (GBr) British National Team  
11Jessie Walker (GBr) British National Team  
12Eugénie Duval (Fra) Poitou-Charentes.Futuroscope.86  
13Sheyla Gutierrez Ruiz (Spa) Cylance Pro Cycling  
14Hannah Payton (GBr) Drops Cycling Team  
15Clara Koppenburg (Ger) Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling Team  
16Jip Van Den Bos (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team  
17Alexandra Manly (Aus) Orica-AIS  
18Lisa Klein (Ger) Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling Team0:08:06 
19Manon Lloyd (GBr) British National Team0:09:00 
20Laurel Rathbun (USA) UnitedHealthcare Women0:14:56 

 

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