Spratt wins Emakumeen Bira stage 2

Uphill finish brings Mitchelton-Scott rider into race lead

Amanda Spratt (Mitchelton-Scott) won stage 2 of the Emakumeen Bira. The rolling stage ended with a one-kilometre uphill, and Spratt was strongest up the climb, narrowly beating Soraya Paladin (Alé Cipollini). Margarita Victoria Garcia (Movistar Team) came back from a mechanical with six kilometres to go to finish in third place. With the stage win, Spratt also takes over the overall lead.

"The team was absolutely amazing today," said the happy winner after the finish. "We came to the Basque Country early and looked at the stages, and the girls said they wanted to back me here. They did an amazing job, there's no way I couldn't win after the work they did."

The 111-kilometre stage from Aduna to Amasa consisted of a big loop with two classified climbs followed by four laps of a rolling 15.5-km circuit that hosted two points sprint and two sprints for bonus seconds. The finish was at the top of a one-kilometre climb.

Sophie Wright (Bigla) won the first mountain sprint ahead of Elisa Longo Borghini (Trek-Segafredo) who was then first over the line atop the second climb and thus defended her mountain jersey. The 4.4-kilometre climb caused splits in the peloton, but things came back together before the first points sprint that was won by Elena Cecchini (Canyon-SRAM).

Malgorzata Jasinska (Movistar Team) went solo and built an advantage of up to 50 seconds in the rain. She stayed in front for one lap of the circuit and won the first bonus sprint with 48 km to go, but she had only a small gap left at that point. An elite group including Amy Pieters (Boels-Dolmans), Ane Santesteban (WNT-Rotor), Longo Borghini, Spratt, and Paladin bridged to the Polish champion, but the peloton reeled them all in quickly.

Next to attack was Alena Amialiusik (Canyon-SRAM). Her advantage never exceeded 25 seconds, and although the Belarusian champion won the second points sprint, she was brought back on the climb that followed. Audrey Cordon-Ragot (Trek-Segafredo) put in an attack over the top of the climb but did not get away, and there was a bit of a calm before the storm as teams and riders regrouped.

Tayler Wiles (Trek-Segafredo) made a move 19 km from the finish that was brought back by Lucy Kennedy (Mitchelton-Scott). Kennedy's teammate Annemiek van Vleuten won the second bonus sprint ahead of Garcia and Longo Borghini, and the climb split the peloton. A group of ten riders that included the three Movistar riders Sheyla Gutierrez, Eider Merino, and Garcia held a small advantage for a while; as a chasing group of about 20 riders closed the gap, Gutierrez launched an attack off the front that was reeled in by Van Vleuten with 10 km to go.

Cordon-Ragot made another move in the final and stayed in front for a while, but was eventually caught six kilometres from the finish, again due to the work of Van Vleuten. On the finishing climb, Spratt profited from the work of her teammates and took the lead, holding off Paladin and a resurgent Garcia to the line.

Spratt leads not only the overall classification, but also the points classification; since Spratt will be in the white leader's jersey, stage 1 winner D'hoore will wear the orange points jersey on stage 3. Tanja Erath (Canyon-SRAM) defended the blue intermediate sprint jersey, Sofia Bertizzolo (Team Virtu Cycling) still leads the U23 ranking, and Santesteban continues to wear the green jersey as best Basque rider. The Emakumeen Bira continues Friday with a hard stage including a first-category climb and a steep mountaintop finish.

Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Amanda Spratt (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott Women2:59:24 
2Soraya Paladin (Ita) Ale Cipollini  
3Margarita Victo Garcia Cañellas (Spa) Movistar Team Women  
4Amy Pieters (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam0:00:03 
5Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Trek-Segafredo Women0:00:08 
6Annemiek van Vleuten (Ned) Mitchelton-Scott Women  
7Rachel Neylan (Aus) Team Virtu Cycling0:00:10 
8Katrine Aalerud (Nor) Team Virtu Cycling  
9Cristina Martinez Bonafe (Spa) Bizkaia-Durango0:00:17 
10Shara Gillow (Aus) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope  
11Sheyla Gutierrez Ruiz (Spa) Movistar Team Women  
12Audrey Cordon Ragot (Fra) Trek-Segafredo Women  
13Eider Merino Cortazar (Spa) Movistar Team Women  
14Ane Santesteban Gonzalez (Spa) WNT-Rotor Pro Cycling0:00:20 
15Clara Koppenburg (Ger) WNT-Rotor Pro Cycling0:00:22 
16Ursa Pintar (Slo) BTC City Ljubljana0:00:26 
17Na Ahreum (Kor) Ale Cipollini  
18Teuntje Beekhuis (Ned) Biehler Pro Cycling  
19Sofia Bertizzolo (Ita) Team Virtu Cycling  
20Evita Muzic (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope  
21Natalie Grinczer (GBr) Bizkaia-Durango  
22Sophie Wright (GBr) Bigla Pro Cycling Team  
23Lucy Kennedy (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott Women  
24Elise Chabbey (Swi) Bigla Pro Cycling Team  
25Tatiana Guderzo (Ita) BePink  
26Hanna Nilsson (Swe) BTC City Ljubljana0:00:31 
27Tayler Wiles (USA) Trek-Segafredo Women0:00:36 
28Christine Majerus (Lux) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam  
29Ella Harris (NZl) Canyon-SRAM  
30Alena Amialiusik (Blr) Canyon-SRAM  
31Alessia Vigilia (Ita) Valcar-Cylance Cycling  
32Elena Cecchini (Ita) Canyon-SRAM0:01:12 
33Rotem Gafinovitz (Isr) Canyon-SRAM0:01:20 
34Omer Shapira (Isr) Canyon-SRAM0:01:25 
35Eri Yonamine (Jpn) Ale Cipollini0:01:34 
36Victorie Guilman (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope0:02:40 
37Katia Ragusa (Ita) BePink0:03:47 
38Spela Kern (Slo) BTC City Ljubljana0:03:48 
39Nicole D'Agostin (Ita) Bizkaia-Durango0:03:56 
40Eugenia Bujak (Slo) BTC City Ljubljana0:04:00 
41Charlotte Becker (Ger) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope  
42Eva Buurman (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam  
43Malgorzata Jasinska (Pol) Movistar Team Women  
44Nadia Quagliotto (Ita) Ale Cipollini0:04:04 
45Lucia Gonzalez Blanco (Spa) Bizkaia-Durango0:04:08 
46Anna Trevisi (Ita) Ale Cipollini0:04:14 
47Barbara Malcotti (Ita) Valcar-Cylance Cycling0:04:28 
48Aroa Gorostiza Ulloa (Spa) Bizkaia-Durango0:06:16 
49Lara Vieceli (Ita) WNT-Rotor Pro Cycling0:09:29 
50Lorena Llamas Garcia (Spa) Movistar Team Women  
51Gabrielle Pilote-Fortin (Can) WNT-Rotor Pro Cycling  
52Amalie Dideriksen (Den) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam0:09:39 
53Leah Thomas (USA) Bigla Pro Cycling Team  
54Nikola Noskova (Cze) Bigla Pro Cycling Team  
55Mikayla Harvey (NZl) Bigla Pro Cycling Team  
56Jelena Eric (Srb) Ale Cipollini0:10:32 
57Alexandra Manly (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott Women  
58Anna Potokina (Rus) Servetto-Piumate-Beltrami TSA0:11:54 
59Marissa Baks (Ned) Biehler Pro Cycling0:12:16 
60Roos Hoogeboom (Ned) Biehler Pro Cycling  
61Louise Norman Hansen (Den) Team Virtu Cycling  
62Sara Penton (Swe) Team Virtu Cycling  
63Urska Zigart (Slo) BTC City Ljubljana  
64Julia Casas Codina (Spa) Sopela Women's Team  
65Gréta Richioud (Fra) Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope  
66Jade Wiel (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope  
67Nicole Steigenga (Ned) BePink  
68Mireia Trias Jordan (Spa) Sopela Women's Team  
69Aafke Soet (Ned) WNT-Rotor Pro Cycling  
70Anna Plichta (Pol) Trek-Segafredo Women  
71Vania Canvelli (Ita) BePink  
72Jolien D'Hoore (Bel) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam  
73Sandra Alonso Dominguez (Spa) Bizkaia-Durango  
74Jessica Allen (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott Women  
75Ilaria Sanguineti (Ita) Valcar-Cylance Cycling  
76Gracie Elvin (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott Women0:12:47 
77Paula Andrea Patiño Bedoya (Col) Movistar Team Women0:16:23 
78Asja Paladin (Ita) Valcar-Cylance Cycling0:16:30 
79Mónika Király (Hun) Servetto-Piumate-Beltrami TSA  
80Quinty Ton (Ned) Biehler Pro Cycling  
81Henrietta Colborne (GBr) Biehler Pro Cycling0:16:34 
82Francesca Pattaro (Ita) BePink0:16:43 
83Tanja Erath (Ger) Canyon-SRAM0:16:52 
84Lauretta Hanson (Aus) Trek-Segafredo Women  
85Mireia Benito Pellicer (Spa) Massi-Tactic Women Team0:16:54 
86Martina Alzini (Ita) Bigla Pro Cycling Team0:18:35 
87Iurani Blanco Calbet (Spa) Sopela Women's Team0:18:40 
88Sandra Moral Ventosinos (Spa) Massi-Tactic Women Team0:18:53 
DNFAbigail Van Twisk (GBr) Trek-Segafredo Women  
DNFEmilie Moberg (Nor) Team Virtu Cycling  
DNFAnna Badegruber (Aut) WNT-Rotor Pro Cycling  
DNFSofia Barriguete Rodriguez (Spa) Massi-Tactic Women Team  
DNFElisabet Escursell Valero (Spa) Massi-Tactic Women Team  
DNFMarina Isan Berga (Spa) Massi-Tactic Women Team  
DNFNienke Wasmus (Ned) Biehler Pro Cycling  
DNFKseniia Dobrynina (Rus) Servetto-Piumate-Beltrami TSA  
DNFMaaike Boogaard (Ned) BTC City Ljubljana  
DNFAriadna Trias Jordan (Spa) Sopela Women's Team  
DNFAlexandra Moreno Roca (Spa) Sopela Women's Team  
DNFAndere Basterra Aspe (Spa) Sopela Women's Team  
General classification after stage 2
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Amanda Spratt (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott Women5:32:26 
2Soraya Paladin (Ita) Ale Cipollini0:00:12 
3Margarita Victo Garcia Cañellas (Spa) Movistar Team Women  
4Amy Pieters (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam0:00:21 
5Annemiek van Vleuten (Ned) Mitchelton-Scott Women  
6Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Trek-Segafredo Women0:00:25 
7Rachel Neylan (Aus) Team Virtu Cycling0:00:28 
8Katrine Aalerud (Nor) Team Virtu Cycling  
9Sheyla Gutierrez Ruiz (Spa) Movistar Team Women0:00:35 
10Ane Santesteban Gonzalez (Spa) WNT-Rotor Pro Cycling  
11Audrey Cordon Ragot (Fra) Trek-Segafredo Women  
12Eider Merino Cortazar (Spa) Movistar Team Women  
13Shara Gillow (Aus) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope  
14Cristina Martinez Bonafe (Spa) Bizkaia-Durango  
15Sofia Bertizzolo (Ita) Team Virtu Cycling0:00:36 
16Clara Koppenburg (Ger) WNT-Rotor Pro Cycling0:00:40 
17Tatiana Guderzo (Ita) BePink0:00:44 
18Teuntje Beekhuis (Ned) Biehler Pro Cycling  
19Ursa Pintar (Slo) BTC City Ljubljana  
20Elise Chabbey (Swi) Bigla Pro Cycling Team  
21Na Ahreum (Kor) Ale Cipollini  
22Sophie Wright (GBr) Bigla Pro Cycling Team  
23Natalie Grinczer (GBr) Bizkaia-Durango  
24Evita Muzic (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope  
25Lucy Kennedy (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott Women  
26Hanna Nilsson (Swe) BTC City Ljubljana0:00:49 
27Christine Majerus (Lux) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam0:00:54 
28Ella Harris (NZl) Canyon-SRAM  
29Tayler Wiles (USA) Trek-Segafredo Women  
30Alessia Vigilia (Ita) Valcar-Cylance Cycling  
31Elena Cecchini (Ita) Canyon-SRAM0:01:30 
32Rotem Gafinovitz (Isr) Canyon-SRAM0:01:38 
33Omer Shapira (Isr) Canyon-SRAM0:01:43 
34Eri Yonamine (Jpn) Ale Cipollini0:01:52 
35Alena Amialiusik (Blr) Canyon-SRAM0:01:54 
36Victorie Guilman (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope0:02:58 
37Katia Ragusa (Ita) BePink0:04:05 
38Spela Kern (Slo) BTC City Ljubljana0:04:06 
39Nicole D'Agostin (Ita) Bizkaia-Durango0:04:14 
40Malgorzata Jasinska (Pol) Movistar Team Women0:04:15 
41Charlotte Becker (Ger) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope0:04:18 
42Eugenia Bujak (Slo) BTC City Ljubljana  
43Eva Buurman (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam  
44Nadia Quagliotto (Ita) Ale Cipollini0:04:22 
45Lucia Gonzalez Blanco (Spa) Bizkaia-Durango0:04:26 
46Anna Trevisi (Ita) Ale Cipollini0:04:32 
47Barbara Malcotti (Ita) Valcar-Cylance Cycling0:04:46 
48Aroa Gorostiza Ulloa (Spa) Bizkaia-Durango0:07:34 
49Lara Vieceli (Ita) WNT-Rotor Pro Cycling0:09:47 
50Lorena Llamas Garcia (Spa) Movistar Team Women  
51Leah Thomas (USA) Bigla Pro Cycling Team0:09:57 
52Nikola Noskova (Cze) Bigla Pro Cycling Team  
53Amalie Dideriksen (Den) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam  
54Gabrielle Pilote-Fortin (Can) WNT-Rotor Pro Cycling  
55Mikayla Harvey (NZl) Bigla Pro Cycling Team  
56Alexandra Manly (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott Women0:10:50 
57Jelena Eric (Srb) Ale Cipollini  
58Anna Potokina (Rus) Servetto-Piumate-Beltrami TSA0:12:12 
59Jolien D'Hoore (Bel) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam0:12:24 
60Marissa Baks (Ned) Biehler Pro Cycling0:12:34 
61Gréta Richioud (Fra) Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope  
62Ilaria Sanguineti (Ita) Valcar-Cylance Cycling  
63Sandra Alonso Dominguez (Spa) Bizkaia-Durango  
64Jade Wiel (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope  
65Aafke Soet (Ned) WNT-Rotor Pro Cycling  
66Jessica Allen (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott Women  
67Nicole Steigenga (Ned) BePink  
68Mireia Trias Jordan (Spa) Sopela Women's Team  
69Urska Zigart (Slo) BTC City Ljubljana  
70Vania Canvelli (Ita) BePink  
71Gracie Elvin (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott Women0:13:01 
72Roos Hoogeboom (Ned) Biehler Pro Cycling0:13:31 
73Sara Penton (Swe) Team Virtu Cycling0:13:34 
74Julia Casas Codina (Spa) Sopela Women's Team  
75Louise Norman Hansen (Den) Team Virtu Cycling  
76Paula Andrea Patiño Bedoya (Col) Movistar Team Women0:16:41 
77Asja Paladin (Ita) Valcar-Cylance Cycling0:16:48 
78Quinty Ton (Ned) Biehler Pro Cycling0:17:45 
79Henrietta Colborne (GBr) Biehler Pro Cycling0:17:52 
80Francesca Pattaro (Ita) BePink0:17:58 
81Tanja Erath (Ger) Canyon-SRAM0:18:07 
82Lauretta Hanson (Aus) Trek-Segafredo Women0:18:10 
83Mireia Benito Pellicer (Spa) Massi-Tactic Women Team0:18:12 
84Martina Alzini (Ita) Bigla Pro Cycling Team0:19:50 
85Iurani Blanco Calbet (Spa) Sopela Women's Team0:19:58 
86Sandra Moral Ventosinos (Spa) Massi-Tactic Women Team0:20:11 
87Anna Plichta (Pol) Trek-Segafredo Women0:26:54 
88Mónika Király (Hun) Servetto-Piumate-Beltrami TSA0:28:19 

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