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Oregon Trail Gravel Grinder: Stetina scores again with stage 2 win

Day 2: McKenzie - Oakridge

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Scenery passing Willamette River on stage 2 of 2021 Oregon Trail Gravel Grinder

Scenery passing Willamette River on stage 2 of 2021 Oregon Trail Gravel Grinder (Image credit: Oregon Trail Gravel Grinder)
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Peter Stetina during stage 2 of 2021 Oregon Trail Gravel Grinder

Men's rider during stage 2 of 2021 Oregon Trail Gravel Grinder (Image credit: Oregon Trail Gravel Grinder)
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Sarah Sturm on her way to stage 2 win at 2021 Oregon Trail Gravel Grinder

Sarah Sturm on her way to stage 2 win at 2021 Oregon Trail Gravel Grinder (Image credit: Oregon Trail Gravel Grinder)

Peter Stetina (Team Ruined Gravel) took hold of the GC lead with a second win in a row at Oregon Trail Gravel Grinder on Thursday. In the women's open field, Sarah Sturm (Specialized) took the stage 2 victory.

Jonathan Baker (Sonic Boom Gravel) was relentless in his early attacks, getting up the road early. However, Stetina, Eddie Anderson (Alpecin-Fenix) and Coulton Hartrich (Manzur Cycling Design) bridged up and rode past him on the big climb of the 95-kilometre route. The trio split on the end of the climb, with Stetina taking the win, followed by Anderson and Hartrich, respectively. 

“Unless Stetina has a mechanical or a flat, it’s going to be impossible to beat him in the GC, but I’d love to beat him in at least one stage. He’d gap me on every climb, but that’s OK as he was one of the best in the WorldTour,” Anderson said at the finish on the banks of the Willamette River.

Two years ago Sarah Sturm crashed out of this second stage, so no doubt she had a little something to prove to herself today with the win. Second place on the stage went to Hillary Heskitt (Squad Cycles), and Flavia Oliviera (Cinch Elite) taking third. 

She gained back 10 minutes in the GC hunt in this short, but intense stage. Behind her Rebecca Fahringer (Kona Maxxis Shimano) was dealing with a mechanical which only left Serena Gordon (Liv Racing), the stage 1 winner, at the front of the GC fight. Sturm will start stage 3 with a 46-second deficit to Gordon. 

Top 10 Results - stage 2 Open Men
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Peter Stetina 2:28:41
2Edward Anderson 0:00:36
3Coulton Hartrich 0:00:46
4Geoff Kabush 0:03:37
5Cory Wallace
6Kerry Werner Jr. 0:06:33
7Matthew Fox
8Tristan Uhl
9Luke Hall 0:07:57
10Jonathan Baker 0:08:08

Top 10 Results - stage 2 - Open Women
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Sarah Sturm 2:49:43
2Hilary Heskett 0:07:35
3Flavia Oliveria
4Serena Gordon 0:09:54
5Lauren Cantwell 0:10:50
6Rebecca Fahringer 0:13:33
7Sarah Max 0:15:33
8Kaysee Armstrong 0:15:34
9Courtenay McFadden 0:17:27
10Jennifer Luebke 0:19:29

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