Bronzini wins stage 2 at La Route de France

Pieters sprints to second, maintains overall lead

Giorgia Bronzini (Wiggle-Honda) won the second stage of La Route de France in Bourges on Tuesday. The Italian sprinter beat overall race leader Amy Pieters (Liv-Plantur) and Kimberly Wells (Australia) to the line for the victory. 

"In the end there was some chaos in the last kilometres, but I was always with Nettie [Edmondson],” Bronzini said. “Elisa [Longo Borghini] stretched the bunch, and Nettie pulled me in the sprint!”

Pieters, who won the opening prologue in Enghien les Bains on Sunday, continues to lead the overall race into the stage 3's 113km race from Nievre to Avallon. She leads the race by three seconds ahead of Eugenia Bujak (BTC City Ljubljana) and four seconds ahead of Annette Edmondson (Wiggle Honda).

Stage 2's 118km race from Villemandeur to Bourges was destined to be a sprint finish because of its predominantly flat parcour. There was an early breakaway of four riders, and strong crosswinds that shattered the field into small groups, however, the field was back together heading into the one QOM in Mery es Bois, 90km into the stage. The climb was not steep enough to cause any major splits in the peloton but Optum Pro Cycling's Brianne Walle took full points at the top and moved into the lead of the mountain competition.

The field raced into Bourges all together with overall race leader, Pieters, safely with her teammates near the front of the field. Liv-Plantur had intended to set up the sprint for stage 1 winner Lucy Garner, however, the women lost each others' wheels coming into the finish line.

Former world champion Bronzini sprinted for the victory, while Pieters managed to come in a close second place and retain her lead in the overall classification. 

“The plan was to go for the sprint with Lucy again today but the girls lost each other in the final so they had to switch plans,” said Liv-Plantur coach Hans Timmermans. “They did well to realise in time to switch to Amy for the sprint and she did a powerful finish to nearly take the stage.”

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Giorgia Bronzini (Ita) Wiggle Honda2:59:13 
2Amy Pieters (Ned) Team Liv - Plantur  
3Kimberley Wells (Aus) Australia  
4Annette Edmondson (Aus) Wiggle Honda  
5Lauren Kitchen (Aus) Hitec Products  
6Aurore Verhoeven (Fra) Lointek Team  
7Roxane Fournier (Fra) Poitou-Charentes.Futuroscope.87  
8Anna Trevisi (Ita) Inpa Sottoli Giusfredi  
9Oxana Kozonchuk (Rus) Russia  
10Claudia Lichtenberg (Ger) Team Liv - Plantur  
11Daiva Tuslaite (Ltu) Inpa Sottoli Giusfredi  
12Eugénie Duval (Fra) Poitou-Charentes.Futuroscope.88  
13Eugenia Bujak (Pol) Btc City Ljubljana  
14Leah Kirchmann (Can) Optum P/B Kelly Benefit Strategies  
15Carlee Taylor (Aus) Lotto Soudal Ladies  
16Aude Biannic (Fra) Poitou-Charentes.Futuroscope.90  
17Lucia Gonzalez Blanco (Spa) Lointek Team  
18Fiona Dutriaux (Fra) France0:00:05 
19Brianna Walle (USA) Optum P/B Kelly Benefit Strategies  
20Larisa Pankova (Rus) Astana - Acca Due O  
21Polona Batagelj (Slo) Btc City Ljubljana  
22Cecilie Gotaas Johnsen (Nor) Hitec Products  
23Ursa Pintar (Slo) Btc City Ljubljana  
24Amélie Rivat (Fra) Poitou-Charentes.Futuroscope.86  
25Loren Rowney (Aus) Australia  
26Charlotte Bravard (Fra) Poitou-Charentes.Futuroscope.89  
27Kaat Hannes (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Pro - Duo  
28Spela Kern (Slo) Btc City Ljubljana  
29Ane Santesteban Gonzalez (Ita) Inpa Sottoli Giusfredi  
30Silvia Valsecchi (Ita) Bepink Laclassica  
31Nel De Crits (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Pro - Duo  
32Elena Utrobina (Rus) Bizkaia - Durango  
33Anouk Rijff (Ned) Lotto Soudal Ladies  
34Claudia Cretti (Ita) Inpa Sottoli Giusfredi  
35Ingrid Drexel (Mex) Astana - Acca Due O  
36Olga Dobrynina (Rus) Bizkaia - Durango  
37Jessica Mundy (Aus) Australia  
38Jenelle Crooks (Aus) Australia  
39Jessie Daams (Bel) Lotto Soudal Ladies  
40Coralie Demay (Fra) France  
41Lucy Garner (GBr) Team Liv - Plantur  
42Jesst Druyts (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Pro - Duo  
43Anna Ramirez Bauxel (Spa) Bizkaia - Durango  
44Lierni Lekuona Etxebeste (Spa) Bizkaia - Durango  
45Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Wiggle Honda  
46Molly Weavers (GBr) Team Liv - Plantur  
47Marion Sicot (Fra) France  
48Julia Soek (Ned) Team Liv - Plantur  
49Amber Neben (USA) Bepink Laclassica  
50Mayuko Hagiwara (Jpn) Wiggle Honda  
51Emilie Rochedy (Fra) France  
52Lieselot Decroix (Bel) Lotto Soudal Ladies  
53Martina Ritter (Aut) Btc City Ljubljana  
54Anna Potokina (Rus) Russia  
55Kseniia Dobrynina (Rus) Astana - Acca Due O  
56Audrey Cordon (Fra) Wiggle Honda  
57Jaime Nielsen (NZl) Bepink Laclassica  
58Belen Lopez Morales (Spa) Lointek Team  
59Eider Merino Kortazar (Spa) Lointek Team  
60Jasmin Glaesser (Can) Optum P/B Kelly Benefit Strategies  
61Amy Cure (Aus) Lotto Soudal Ladies  
62Tetiana Riabchenko (Ukr) Inpa Sottoli Giusfredi  
63Maura Kinsella (USA) Optum P/B Kelly Benefit Strategies  
64Ilaria Bonomi (Ita) Bepink Laclassica  
65Ingrid Lorvik (Nor) Hitec Products  
66Annie Ewart (Can) Optum P/B Kelly Benefit Strategies  
67Ana Maria Covrig (Rom) Bepink Laclassica  
68Angela Maffeis (Ita) Inpa Sottoli Giusfredi  
69Ariane Horbach (Ger) Optum P/B Kelly Benefit Strategies  
70Manon Souyris (Fra) France  
71Soline Lamboley (Fra) Lointek Team  
72Fien Delbaere (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Pro - Duo  
73Carolina Rodriguez Gutierrez (Spa) Astana - Acca Due O  
74Natalya Saifutdinova (Kaz) Astana - Acca Due O  
75Greta Richioud (Fra) Poitou-Charentes.Futuroscope.91  
76Makhabbat Umutzhanova (Rus) Astana - Acca Due O  
77Willeke Knol (Ned) Team Liv - Plantur0:00:27 
78Shannon Malseed (Aus) Australia0:00:29 
79Fanny Leleu (Fra) France  
80Ellen Skerritt (Aus) Australia  
81Isabelle Beckers (Bel) Lotto Soudal Ladies  
82Samara Sheppard (NZl) Bizkaia - Durango  
83Saartje Vandenbroucke (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Pro - Duo  
84Marina Likhanova (Rus) Russia0:00:33 
85Tatiana Shamanova (Rus) Russia  
86Lindsay Marie Fox (USA) Bepink Laclassica  
87Tone Hatteland Lima (Nor) Hitec Products  
88Anna Christian (GBr) Wiggle Honda0:01:09 
89Janicke Gunvaldsen (Nor) Hitec Products  
90Dafné Therous Izquierdo (Can) Lointek Team0:14:37 
DNFTatiana Antoshina (Rus) Russia  
DNSMia Radotic (Cro) Btc City Ljubljana  
Mountain 1 (Cat 3) Cote de Mery es Bois, km. 91
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Brianna Walle (USA) Optum P/B Kelly Benefit Strategies5 pts
2Jesst Druyts (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Pro - Duo3 
3Maura Kinsella (USA) Optum P/B Kelly Benefit Strategies2 
4Lauren Kitchen (Aus) Hitec Products1 
General classification after stage 2
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Amy Pieters (Ned) Team Liv - Plantur5:50:41 
2Eugenia Bujak (Pol) Btc City Ljubljana0:00:03 
3Annette Edmondson (Aus) Wiggle Honda0:00:04 
4Leah Kirchmann (Can) Optum P/B Kelly Benefit Strategies0:00:05 
5Lauren Kitchen (Aus) Hitec Products0:00:06 
6Aude Biannic (Fra) Poitou-Charentes.Futuroscope.900:00:07 
7Brianna Walle (USA) Optum P/B Kelly Benefit Strategies0:00:09 
8Jaime Nielsen (NZl) Bepink Laclassica  
9Claudia Lichtenberg (Ger) Team Liv - Plantur0:00:11 
10Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Wiggle Honda  
11Martina Ritter (Aut) Btc City Ljubljana0:00:12 
12Daiva Tuslaite (Ltu) Inpa Sottoli Giusfredi0:00:13 
13Kimberley Wells (Aus) Australia  
14Jasmin Glaesser (Can) Optum P/B Kelly Benefit Strategies  
15Silvia Valsecchi (Ita) Bepink Laclassica0:00:14 
16Amy Cure (Aus) Lotto Soudal Ladies  
17Roxane Fournier (Fra) Poitou-Charentes.Futuroscope.870:00:16 
18Cecilie Gotaas Johnsen (Nor) Hitec Products0:00:17 
19Carlee Taylor (Aus) Lotto Soudal Ladies  
20Maura Kinsella (USA) Optum P/B Kelly Benefit Strategies  
21Jessie Daams (Bel) Lotto Soudal Ladies  
22Polona Batagelj (Slo) Btc City Ljubljana0:00:18 
23Coralie Demay (Fra) France0:00:19 
24Eugénie Duval (Fra) Poitou-Charentes.Futuroscope.88  
25Anouk Rijff (Ned) Lotto Soudal Ladies0:00:20 
26Amélie Rivat (Fra) Poitou-Charentes.Futuroscope.86  
27Amber Neben (USA) Bepink Laclassica0:00:21 
28Annie Ewart (Can) Optum P/B Kelly Benefit Strategies  
29Molly Weavers (GBr) Team Liv - Plantur  
30Julia Soek (Ned) Team Liv - Plantur  
31Audrey Cordon (Fra) Wiggle Honda  
32Lucy Garner (GBr) Team Liv - Plantur  
33Tetiana Riabchenko (Ukr) Inpa Sottoli Giusfredi0:00:22 
34Elena Utrobina (Rus) Bizkaia - Durango0:00:23 
35Belen Lopez Morales (Spa) Lointek Team  
36Jenelle Crooks (Aus) Australia  
37Ana Maria Covrig (Rom) Bepink Laclassica0:00:24 
38Jessica Mundy (Aus) Australia  
39Giorgia Bronzini (Ita) Wiggle Honda  
40Ingrid Drexel (Mex) Astana - Acca Due O  
41Ursa Pintar (Slo) Btc City Ljubljana0:00:25 
42Eider Merino Kortazar (Spa) Lointek Team  
43Mayuko Hagiwara (Jpn) Wiggle Honda0:00:26 
44Lieselot Decroix (Bel) Lotto Soudal Ladies  
45Loren Rowney (Aus) Australia0:00:27 
46Ilaria Bonomi (Ita) Bepink Laclassica0:00:28 
47Aurore Verhoeven (Fra) Lointek Team  
48Fiona Dutriaux (Fra) France  
49Charlotte Bravard (Fra) Poitou-Charentes.Futuroscope.89  
50Larisa Pankova (Rus) Astana - Acca Due O0:00:29 
51Marion Sicot (Fra) France  
52Anna Ramirez Bauxel (Spa) Bizkaia - Durango  
53Lucia Gonzalez Blanco (Spa) Lointek Team  
54Nel De Crits (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Pro - Duo0:00:30 
55Kaat Hannes (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Pro - Duo  
56Soline Lamboley (Fra) Lointek Team0:00:31 
57Ane Santesteban Gonzalez (Ita) Inpa Sottoli Giusfredi  
58Ariane Horbach (Ger) Optum P/B Kelly Benefit Strategies0:00:32 
59Janicke Gunvaldsen (Nor) Hitec Products  
60Oxana Kozonchuk (Rus) Russia  
61Makhabbat Umutzhanova (Rus) Astana - Acca Due O  
62Greta Richioud (Fra) Poitou-Charentes.Futuroscope.910:00:33 
63Spela Kern (Slo) Btc City Ljubljana  
64Emilie Rochedy (Fra) France0:00:34 
65Claudia Cretti (Ita) Inpa Sottoli Giusfredi0:00:36 
66Anna Trevisi (Ita) Inpa Sottoli Giusfredi  
67Carolina Rodriguez Gutierrez (Spa) Astana - Acca Due O  
68Natalya Saifutdinova (Kaz) Astana - Acca Due O0:00:37 
69Olga Dobrynina (Rus) Bizkaia - Durango0:00:38 
70Ingrid Lorvik (Nor) Hitec Products0:00:39 
71Manon Souyris (Fra) France0:00:43 
72Lierni Lekuona Etxebeste (Spa) Bizkaia - Durango  
73Anna Potokina (Rus) Russia  
74Jesst Druyts (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Pro - Duo  
75Willeke Knol (Ned) Team Liv - Plantur  
76Fien Delbaere (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Pro - Duo0:00:44 
77Ellen Skerritt (Aus) Australia0:00:45 
78Isabelle Beckers (Bel) Lotto Soudal Ladies  
79Kseniia Dobrynina (Rus) Astana - Acca Due O0:00:48 
80Shannon Malseed (Aus) Australia0:00:49 
81Saartje Vandenbroucke (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Pro - Duo0:00:50 
82Fanny Leleu (Fra) France0:00:53 
83Angela Maffeis (Ita) Inpa Sottoli Giusfredi0:00:57 
84Tone Hatteland Lima (Nor) Hitec Products0:01:06 
85Tatiana Shamanova (Rus) Russia0:01:12 
86Lindsay Marie Fox (USA) Bepink Laclassica  
87Marina Likhanova (Rus) Russia0:01:17 
88Samara Sheppard (NZl) Bizkaia - Durango0:01:24 
89Anna Christian (GBr) Wiggle Honda0:01:32 
90Dafné Therous Izquierdo (Can) Lointek Team0:15:16 
Mountains classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Brianna Walle (USA) Optum P/B Kelly Benefit Strategies5 pts
2Jesst Druyts (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Pro - Duo3 
3Maura Kinsella (USA) Optum P/B Kelly Benefit Strategies2 
4Lauren Kitchen (Aus) Hitec Products1 
Young rider classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Eugénie Duval (Fra) Poitou-Charentes.Futuroscope.885:51:00 
2Anouk Rijff (Ned) Lotto Soudal Ladies0:00:01 
3Annie Ewart (Can) Optum P/B Kelly Benefit Strategies0:00:02 
4Molly Weavers (GBr) Team Liv - Plantur  
5Lucy Garner (GBr) Team Liv - Plantur  
6Jenelle Crooks (Aus) Australia0:00:04 
7Ana Maria Covrig (Rom) Bepink Laclassica0:00:05 
8Jessica Mundy (Aus) Australia  
9Ingrid Drexel (Mex) Astana - Acca Due O  
10Eider Merino Kortazar (Spa) Lointek Team0:00:06 
11Ilaria Bonomi (Ita) Bepink Laclassica0:00:09 
12Soline Lamboley (Fra) Lointek Team0:00:12 
13Ariane Horbach (Ger) Optum P/B Kelly Benefit Strategies0:00:13 
14Makhabbat Umutzhanova (Rus) Astana - Acca Due O  
15Greta Richioud (Fra) Poitou-Charentes.Futuroscope.910:00:14 
16Emilie Rochedy (Fra) France0:00:15 
17Claudia Cretti (Ita) Inpa Sottoli Giusfredi0:00:17 
18Carolina Rodriguez Gutierrez (Spa) Astana - Acca Due O  
19Manon Souyris (Fra) France0:00:24 
20Lierni Lekuona Etxebeste (Spa) Bizkaia - Durango  
21Jesst Druyts (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Pro - Duo  
22Fien Delbaere (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Pro - Duo0:00:25 
23Ellen Skerritt (Aus) Australia0:00:26 
24Kseniia Dobrynina (Rus) Astana - Acca Due O0:00:29 
25Shannon Malseed (Aus) Australia0:00:30 
26Saartje Vandenbroucke (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Pro - Duo0:00:31 
27Angela Maffeis (Ita) Inpa Sottoli Giusfredi0:00:38 
28Anna Christian (GBr) Wiggle Honda0:01:13 
29Dafné Therous Izquierdo (Can) Lointek Team0:14:57 


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