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Setmana Ciclista Valenciana: Sandra Alonso wins stage 2

Sandra Alonso (Bizkaia Durango) wins stage 2 at Setmana Ciclista Valenciana
Sandra Alonso (Bizkaia Durango) wins stage 2 at Setmana Ciclista Valenciana (Image credit: SCV - Volta Comunitat Valenciana Fèmines / Twitter)

Sandra Alonso (Bizkaia Durango) sprinted to victory at stage 2 of Setmana Ciclista Valenciana. The Spanish rider won the reduced group sprint ahead of her compatriot Sheyla Gutiérrez (Movistar) and Arianna Fidanza (Team BikeExchange) in Vila-Real.

Annemiek van Vleuten (Movistar) finished in the bunch and maintained her overall race lead heading into the third stage on Saturday. She leads the race by 2:10 over Mavi Garcia (Ale BTC Ljubljana) and by 2:27 over her teammate Katrine Aalerud. 

How it unfolded

The second stage offered the field a 130km race between Castellon and Vila-Real. It was also another day of climbing with two main ascents: Alto Coronetes (62km), a 7.8km climb at 5 per cent average but with a max of 10 per cent, followed by Alto Salt del Cavall (71.6km), a 5.4km climb that only averaged 3.3 per cent but with sections as steep as 12 per cent. 

The stage ended with an undulating final 40 kilometres to the finish line in Vila-Real.

An early breakaway emerged with Tatiana Guderzo (Ale BTC Ljubljana), Olivia Baril (Massi-Tactic), Katrine Aalerud and Paula Patiño (Movistar), Ane Santesteban (Team BikeExchange) and Omer Shapira (Canyon-SRAM), who gained a minute on the main field. But the front group reshuffled and then it all came back together with 110km to go.

Rally Cycling’s Krista Doebel-Hickok, who started the day 16th in the overall classification at 3:12 behind Van Vleuten, attacked just after the intermediate sprint at La Barona (103km to go) and created a small gap that bloomed to over three minutes.

Movistar led the front of the main field behind on the approach to the first ascent at Alto Coronetes, where Doebel-Hickok pushed her lead out to four minutes.

Behind the solo breakaway rider, the main field split into two groups separated by about 30 seconds, and with overall race leader Van Vleuten safely in the first chase group after the second and last ascent, Alto Salt del Cavall.

Movistar committed to the chase and slowly reeled in Doebel-Hickok, ending her solo breakaway with just five kilometres to the finish line. The Spanish outfit set up Gutiérrez for the finish, but it was Alonso who crossed the line first in the reduced bunch sprint.

Results
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Sandra Alonso Dominguez (Spa) Bizkaia-Durango 3:42:59
2Sheyla Gutierrez Ruiz (Spa) Movistar Team Women
3Arianna Fidanza (Ita) Team BikeExchange
4Laura Tomasi (Ita) Ale' BTC Ljubljana
5Debora Silvestri (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo
6Noemi Rüegg (Swi) Stade Rochelais Charente-Maritime Women Cycling
7Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) Canyon-SRAM Racing
8Catalina Anais Soto Campos (Chi) NXTG Racing
9Greta Marturano (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo
10Rasa Leleivyte (Ltu) Aromitalia Basso Bikes Vaiano
11Maaike Coljé (Ned) Massi Tactic Women Team
12Giorgia Bariani (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo
13Severine Eraud (Fra) Stade Rochelais Charente-Maritime Women Cycling
14Amelia Sharpe (GBr) NXTG Racing
15Hannah Ludwig (Ger) Canyon-SRAM Racing
16Olha Kulynych (Ukr) Doltcini-Van Eyck-Proximus Continental Team
17Julia Borgström (Swe) NXTG Racing
18Spela Kern (Slo) Massi Tactic Women Team
19Letizia Borghesi (Ita) Aromitalia Basso Bikes Vaiano
20Katie Clouse (USA) Rally Cycling
21Sophie Wright (GBr) Ale' BTC Ljubljana
22Annemiek van Vleuten (Ned) Movistar Team Women
23Neve Bradbury (Aus) Canyon-SRAM Racing
24Mavi Garcia (Spa) Ale' BTC Ljubljana
25Ines Cantera Carrasco (Spa) Sopela Women's Team
26Idoia Eraso Lasa (Spa) Laboral Kutxa-Fundacion Euskadi
27Sara Poidevin (Can) Rally Cycling
28Katrine Aalerud (Nor) Movistar Team Women
29Tatiana Guderzo (Ita) Ale' BTC Ljubljana
30Claire Steels (GBr) Sopela Women's Team
31Lucia Gonzalez Blanco (Spa) Bizkaia-Durango
32Alice Towers (GBr) Drops-le Col Supported by Tempur
33Ane Santesteban Gonzalez (Spa) Team BikeExchange
34Inga Cesuliene (Ltu) Aromitalia Basso Bikes Vaiano
35Yuliia Biriukova (Ukr) Eneicat-RBH Global-Martin Villa
36Anna Christian (GBr) Drops-le Col Supported by Tempur
37Omer Shapira (Isr) Canyon-SRAM Racing
38Georgia Williams (NZl) Team BikeExchange
39Nadine Michaela Gill (Ger) Bizkaia-Durango
40Usoa Ostolaza Zabala (Spa) Laboral Kutxa-Fundacion Euskadi
41Anastasiia Chursina (Rus) Ale' BTC Ljubljana
42Vita Heine (Nor) Massi Tactic Women Team
43Olivia Baril (Can) Massi Tactic Women Team
44Janneke Ensing (Ned) Team BikeExchange
45Mireia Benito Pellicer (Spa) Massi Tactic Women Team 0:00:06
46Paula Patiño Bedoya (Col) Movistar Team Women
47Lisa Klein (Ger) Canyon-SRAM Racing
48Alicia Gonzalez Blanco (Spa) Movistar Team Women 0:00:13
49Tereza Neumanová (Cze) Women Cycling Sport 0:00:20
50Marta Romeu Solaz (Spa) VIB Sports 0:00:24
51Krista Doebel-Hickok (USA) Rally Cycling 0:00:27
52Giorgia Vettorello (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo 0:01:03
53Malgorzata Jasinska (Pol) Women Cycling Sport
54Amber Aernouts (Bel) Doltcini-Van Eyck-Proximus Continental Team 0:05:31
55Emilie Fortin (Can) Bizkaia-Durango 0:09:51
56Alice Barnes (GBr) Canyon-SRAM Racing
57Susana Perez Conejero (Spa) Rio Miera-Cantabria Deporte 0:11:11
58Fie Osterby (Den) Rio Miera-Cantabria Deporte
59Urska Zigart (Slo) Team BikeExchange
60Emma Grant (GBr) Massi Tactic Women Team
61Sara Penton (Swe) Drops-le Col Supported by Tempur 0:12:13
62April Tacey (GBr) Drops-le Col Supported by Tempur
63Gaia Masetti (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo
64Georgia Danford (NZl) Andy Schleck-CP NVST-Immo Losch
65Elisa Dalla Valle (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo
66Sofia Rodriguez Revert (Spa) Sopela Women's Team
67Alessia Bulleri (Ita) Eneicat-RBH Global-Martin Villa
68Alessia Vigilia (Ita) Women Cycling Sport
69Michelle Andres (Swi) Andy Schleck-CP NVST-Immo Losch
70Annabel Fisher (GBr) Stade Rochelais Charente-Maritime Women Cycling
71Nicole Steigenga (Ned) Doltcini-Van Eyck-Proximus Continental Team
72Christina Schweinberger (Aut) Doltcini-Van Eyck-Proximus Continental Team
73Nicole D'Agostin (Ita) Eneicat-RBH Global-Martin Villa
74Liliana Jesus (Por) Team Farto-BTC
75Ariana Gilabert Vilaplana (Spa) Bizkaia-Durango
76Emma Ortiz Bonilla (Spa) Sopela Women's Team
77Giulia Marchesini (Ita) Aromitalia Basso Bikes Vaiano
78Stella Nightingale (NZl) Andy Schleck-CP NVST-Immo Losch
79Teniel Campbell (TTo) Team BikeExchange
80Lija Laizane (Lat) Eneicat-RBH Global-Martin Villa
81Holly Breck (USA) Rally Cycling
82Noemie Abgrall (Fra) Stade Rochelais Charente-Maritime Women Cycling
83Agnieta Francke (Ned) Team Farto-BTC
84Gloria Rodriguez Sanchez (Spa) Movistar Team Women 0:12:19
85Finja Smekal (Ger) Drops-le Col Supported by Tempur 0:13:56
86Leigh Ann Ganzar (USA) Rally Cycling
87Valentina Scandolara (Ita) Aromitalia Basso Bikes Vaiano
88Heidi Franz (USA) Rally Cycling
89Olivia Ray (NZl) Rally Cycling
90Fabienne Buri (Swi) Andy Schleck-CP NVST-Immo Losch
91Kathrin Schweinberger (Aut) Doltcini-Van Eyck-Proximus Continental Team
92Maryoly Sosa (Ven) VIB Sports
93Gemma Sernissi (Ita) Aromitalia Basso Bikes Vaiano 0:20:37
94Maria Martins (Por) Drops-le Col Supported by Tempur
95Mireia Trias Jordan (Spa) Massi Tactic Women Team
96Kim Baptista (GBr) Eneicat-RBH Global-Martin Villa
97Jessica Allen (Aus) Team BikeExchange
98Maeva Squiban (Fra) Stade Rochelais Charente-Maritime Women Cycling
99Maria Banlles Santamaria (Spa) Sopela Women's Team
100Nofar Maoz (Isr) Women Cycling Sport 0:24:08
101Elisabet Escursell Valero (Spa) Rio Miera-Cantabria Deporte 0:24:09
102Elise Marie Olsen (Nor) Drops-le Col Supported by Tempur
103Minke Bakker (Ned) Doltcini-Van Eyck-Proximus Continental Team
104Anna Baidak (Rus) Eneicat-RBH Global-Martin Villa
105Sandra Moral Ventosinos (Spa) Team Farto-BTC
106Natalia Saiz Sanchez (Spa) Sopela Women's Team
107Michela Balducci (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo
108Teresa Ripoll Sabate (Spa) Team Farto-BTC
109Luciana Roland (Arg) Women Cycling Sport
110Sara Bonillo Talens (Spa) Team Farto-BTC
111Mylene de Zoete (Ned) NXTG Racing
112Emily Wadsworth (GBr) NXTG Racing
113Irantzu Beloki Arcelus (Spa) Laboral Kutxa-Fundacion Euskadi
114Nicole Hanselmann (Swi) Women Cycling Sport
115Maria del Pilar Jimenez Martinez (Spa) Team Farto-BTC
116Enara Lopez Gallastegi (Spa) Team Farto-BTC

General classification after stage 2
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Annemiek van Vleuten (Ned) Movistar Team Women 7:03:51
2Mavi Garcia (Spa) Ale' BTC Ljubljana 0:02:10
3Katrine Aalerud (Nor) Movistar Team Women 0:02:27
4Debora Silvestri (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo 0:02:31
5Noemi Rüegg (Swi) Stade Rochelais Charente-Maritime Women Cycling
6Greta Marturano (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo
7Hannah Ludwig (Ger) Canyon-SRAM Racing
8Letizia Borghesi (Ita) Aromitalia Basso Bikes Vaiano
9Spela Kern (Slo) Massi Tactic Women Team
10Neve Bradbury (Aus) Canyon-SRAM Racing
11Omer Shapira (Isr) Canyon-SRAM Racing
12Janneke Ensing (Ned) Team BikeExchange
13Sandra Alonso Dominguez (Spa) Bizkaia-Durango 0:03:11
14Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) Canyon-SRAM Racing
15Severine Eraud (Fra) Stade Rochelais Charente-Maritime Women Cycling 0:03:13
16Olha Kulynych (Ukr) Doltcini-Van Eyck-Proximus Continental Team
17Rasa Leleivyte (Ltu) Aromitalia Basso Bikes Vaiano 0:03:14
18Tatiana Guderzo (Ita) Ale' BTC Ljubljana
19Idoia Eraso Lasa (Spa) Laboral Kutxa-Fundacion Euskadi
20Ines Cantera Carrasco (Spa) Sopela Women's Team
21Lucia Gonzalez Blanco (Spa) Bizkaia-Durango
22Nadine Michaela Gill (Ger) Bizkaia-Durango
23Ane Santesteban Gonzalez (Spa) Team BikeExchange
24Inga Cesuliene (Ltu) Aromitalia Basso Bikes Vaiano
25Yuliia Biriukova (Ukr) Eneicat-RBH Global-Martin Villa
26Anna Christian (GBr) Drops-le Col Supported by Tempur
27Georgia Williams (NZl) Team BikeExchange
28Vita Heine (Nor) Massi Tactic Women Team
29Paula Patiño Bedoya (Col) Movistar Team Women 0:03:19
30Mireia Benito Pellicer (Spa) Massi Tactic Women Team 0:03:20
31Giorgia Bariani (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo 0:03:22
32Tereza Neumanová (Cze) Women Cycling Sport 0:03:31
33Krista Doebel-Hickok (USA) Rally Cycling 0:03:39
34Malgorzata Jasinska (Pol) Women Cycling Sport 0:04:17
35Arianna Fidanza (Ita) Team BikeExchange 0:05:27
36Maaike Coljé (Ned) Massi Tactic Women Team
37Amelia Sharpe (GBr) NXTG Racing
38Julia Borgström (Swe) NXTG Racing
39Katie Clouse (USA) Rally Cycling
40Sophie Wright (GBr) Ale' BTC Ljubljana 0:06:35
41Alice Towers (GBr) Drops-le Col Supported by Tempur
42Anastasiia Chursina (Rus) Ale' BTC Ljubljana
43Laura Tomasi (Ita) Ale' BTC Ljubljana 0:06:42
44Olivia Baril (Can) Massi Tactic Women Team 0:07:26
45Lisa Klein (Ger) Canyon-SRAM Racing 0:07:32
46Giorgia Vettorello (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo 0:07:35
47Alicia Gonzalez Blanco (Spa) Movistar Team Women 0:07:39
48Marta Romeu Solaz (Spa) VIB Sports 0:07:50
49Usoa Ostolaza Zabala (Spa) Laboral Kutxa-Fundacion Euskadi 0:09:16
50Claire Steels (GBr) Sopela Women's Team 0:09:49
51Sara Poidevin (Can) Rally Cycling
52Amber Aernouts (Bel) Doltcini-Van Eyck-Proximus Continental Team 0:10:58
53Alice Barnes (GBr) Canyon-SRAM Racing 0:13:05
54Sheyla Gutierrez Ruiz (Spa) Movistar Team Women 0:16:22
55Fie Osterby (Den) Rio Miera-Cantabria Deporte 0:16:38
56Emma Grant (GBr) Massi Tactic Women Team
57Susana Perez Conejero (Spa) Rio Miera-Cantabria Deporte 0:17:46
58Sara Penton (Swe) Drops-le Col Supported by Tempur 0:18:48
59Gaia Masetti (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo
60Alessia Vigilia (Ita) Women Cycling Sport 0:18:55
61Sofia Rodriguez Revert (Spa) Sopela Women's Team 0:19:39
62Nicole Steigenga (Ned) Doltcini-Van Eyck-Proximus Continental Team
63Christina Schweinberger (Aut) Doltcini-Van Eyck-Proximus Continental Team
64Agnieta Francke (Ned) Team Farto-BTC
65Teniel Campbell (TTo) Team BikeExchange
66Emilie Fortin (Can) Bizkaia-Durango 0:19:40
67Urska Zigart (Slo) Team BikeExchange 0:21:00
68Michelle Andres (Swi) Andy Schleck-CP NVST-Immo Losch 0:22:02
69Giulia Marchesini (Ita) Aromitalia Basso Bikes Vaiano
70Holly Breck (USA) Rally Cycling
71Catalina Anais Soto Campos (Chi) NXTG Racing 0:22:09
72Annabel Fisher (GBr) Stade Rochelais Charente-Maritime Women Cycling 0:23:40
73Nicole D'Agostin (Ita) Eneicat-RBH Global-Martin Villa
74Olivia Ray (NZl) Rally Cycling 0:23:45
75Leigh Ann Ganzar (USA) Rally Cycling
76Georgia Danford (NZl) Andy Schleck-CP NVST-Immo Losch 0:24:09
77Alessia Bulleri (Ita) Eneicat-RBH Global-Martin Villa
78Elisa Dalla Valle (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo
79Lija Laizane (Lat) Eneicat-RBH Global-Martin Villa
80Kathrin Schweinberger (Aut) Doltcini-Van Eyck-Proximus Continental Team 0:25:49
81Heidi Franz (USA) Rally Cycling 0:25:52
82Valentina Scandolara (Ita) Aromitalia Basso Bikes Vaiano
83Fabienne Buri (Swi) Andy Schleck-CP NVST-Immo Losch
84Emma Ortiz Bonilla (Spa) Sopela Women's Team 0:29:19
85April Tacey (GBr) Drops-le Col Supported by Tempur 0:29:33
86Noemie Abgrall (Fra) Stade Rochelais Charente-Maritime Women Cycling 0:29:38
87Gloria Rodriguez Sanchez (Spa) Movistar Team Women 0:29:44
88Maeva Squiban (Fra) Stade Rochelais Charente-Maritime Women Cycling 0:30:26
89Anna Baidak (Rus) Eneicat-RBH Global-Martin Villa 0:30:45
90Liliana Jesus (Por) Team Farto-BTC 0:32:22
91Ariana Gilabert Vilaplana (Spa) Bizkaia-Durango
92Maria Martins (Por) Drops-le Col Supported by Tempur 0:32:31
93Jessica Allen (Aus) Team BikeExchange 0:32:33
94Gemma Sernissi (Ita) Aromitalia Basso Bikes Vaiano
95Elise Marie Olsen (Nor) Drops-le Col Supported by Tempur 0:33:58
96Elisabet Escursell Valero (Spa) Rio Miera-Cantabria Deporte
97Finja Smekal (Ger) Drops-le Col Supported by Tempur 0:34:05
98Stella Nightingale (NZl) Andy Schleck-CP NVST-Immo Losch 0:34:22
99Sandra Moral Ventosinos (Spa) Team Farto-BTC 0:35:36
100Maryoly Sosa (Ven) VIB Sports 0:36:03
101Michela Balducci (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo 0:36:05
102Nofar Maoz (Isr) Women Cycling Sport 0:37:21
103Kim Baptista (GBr) Eneicat-RBH Global-Martin Villa 0:38:00
104Mireia Trias Jordan (Spa) Massi Tactic Women Team 0:38:02
105Maria Banlles Santamaria (Spa) Sopela Women's Team 0:44:03
106Irantzu Beloki Arcelus (Spa) Laboral Kutxa-Fundacion Euskadi 0:44:18
107Maria del Pilar Jimenez Martinez (Spa) Team Farto-BTC
108Minke Bakker (Ned) Doltcini-Van Eyck-Proximus Continental Team 0:46:18
109Luciana Roland (Arg) Women Cycling Sport
110Teresa Ripoll Sabate (Spa) Team Farto-BTC
111Sara Bonillo Talens (Spa) Team Farto-BTC
112Mylene de Zoete (Ned) NXTG Racing
113Emily Wadsworth (GBr) NXTG Racing
114Enara Lopez Gallastegi (Spa) Team Farto-BTC 0:46:20
115Natalia Saiz Sanchez (Spa) Sopela Women's Team 0:47:35
116Nicole Hanselmann (Swi) Women Cycling Sport 0:52:07

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