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Bronzini wins stage 2 at La Route de France

Giorgia Bronzini wins Drentse 8

Giorgia Bronzini wins Drentse 8 (Image credit: Bert Geerts/dcp-bertgeerts@xs4all.nl)

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 Strategies5pts
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 Strategies5pts
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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