Former world champion Marta Bastianelli claimed her first-ever AJ Bell Women’s Tour stage victory in Banbury, Oxfordshire, on Monday following a perfectly-timed sprint.
Bastianelli (Alé BTC Ljubljana) managed to pass Chloe Hosking (Trek-Segafredo) and FDJ Nouvelle – Aquitaine Futuroscope’s Clara Copponi in sight of the line to take the win and the race’s first leader’s jersey of 2021.
The 2007 World Champion headed into the final corner on Banbury’s South Bar Street in third position but on the gently rising road to the finish line it was Bastianelli who powered to the line. Victory was the first for an Italian rider at the AJ Bell Women’s Tour since Stage Two of the inaugural edition in May 2014.
“It’s a very nice win for me. There are lots of people, lots of babies, for me it is good, because I think of my daughter.
“There was a crash with 1km to go, and luckily I did not crash but I am sorry for those that did. I started the sprint in third position, and for me it was the maximum because my coach has seen me win sprints from there.
“The sprint was not easy because it is a little bit tougher and uphill, and I think it is not for the sprinters, but for me it is a good race and a good day.”
Top Brit was Hannah Barnes (Canyon SRAM Racing) in sixth while defending champion Lizzie Deignan (Trek-Segafredo) finished 40th, 26 seconds down, after working for team-mate Hosking in the sprint.
Bastianelli also takes the Sigma Sports Points jersey while Nina Kessler (Team TIBCO Silicon Valley Bank) holds the Eisberg Sprints jersey and Demi Vollering (SD Worx) takes the ŠKODA Queen of the Mountains.
Highlights of Stage One are on ITV4 at 21:00 on Monday 4 October and available on demand via the ITV Hub.
Stage 1 Results
AJ BELL LEADER'S JERSEY
SIGMA SPORTS POINTS JERSEY
SKODA QUEEN OF THE MOUNTAINS JERSEY
Stage 2 Preview
Walsall will welcome the Women’s Tour, the world’s leading international women’s cycle race, for the first time in 2021.
Stage two will start at the Walsall Arboretum, the area’s famous Victorian park, and culminate with a finish on Lichfield Street in the heart of the town and in the shadows of Walsall Town Hall. However, action aplenty is guaranteed on the 10-kilometre clockwise circuit around Hayhead Woods, Barr Beacon nature reserve and Pool Green that will be tackled 10 times.
The circuit will include three intermediate sprints at Barr Common (on laps four, six and eight) as well as offering points towards the ŠKODA Queen of the Mountains competition atop the Barr Beacon climb (1.2km long, maximum gradient of 5.7%) on laps five, seven and nine. A thrilling run in to the line is guaranteed, as the top of the climb on lap 10 comes just 6.5 largely downhill kilometres from the finish. In total the stage measures 103 kilometres (64 miles).
Walsall will become only the third venue – after both Stoke-on-Trent and Chesterfield in 2017 – in history to welcome both the start and finish of a Women’s Tour road stage on the same day.
Stage 2 Timetable
|ROUTE DETAILS||ESTIMATED TIMETABLE|
|A454 Walsall Road||38||11:45||11:45||11:45|
|0.4||101.8||0.2||63.3||T.Lights||Right||A4154 Bosty Lane||38||11:45||11:45||11:45|
|0.8||101.4||0.5||63.1||Green Zone in operation from Race Start||38||11:46||11:46||11:46|
|Laps 4, 6 & 8||38||11:48||11:48||11:47|
|2.5||99.7||1.6||62.0||R/about||3rd Exit||Erdington Road||38||11:49||11:48||11:48|
|3.2||99.0||2.0||61.6||R/about||2nd Exit||Aldridge Road||38||11:50||11:50||11:49|
QoM Cat 3
|Finish||Laps 5,7 & 9||38||11:54||11:54||11:53|
|5.7||96.5||3.5||60.0||T.Junction||Right||B4154 Beacon Lane||38||11:54||11:54||11:53|
|6.8||95.4||4.2||59.3||Junction||Left||Little Johnsons Lane||38||11:56||11:55||11:54|
|7.0||95.2||4.4||59.2||T.Junction||Left||B4151 Sutton Road||38||11:57||11:56||11:54|
|9.7||92.5||6.0||57.5||R/about||2nd Exit||A454 Walsall Road||38||12:01||12:00||11:58|
|10.0||92.2||6.2||57.3||1 x full circuit of 9||38||12:02||12:00||11:59|
|98.6||3.6||61.3||2.2||Straight||Exit Circuit B4151 Sutton Road||38||14:36||14:20||14:05|
|100.2||2.0||62.3||1.2||R/about||2nd Exit||Sutton Road||38||14:39||14:23||14:07|
|101.1||1.1||62.9||0.7||R/about||2nd Exit||Springhill Road Keep Left!||38||14:40||14:24||14:08|
|101.4||0.8||63.1||0.5||R/about||2nd Exit||Ablewell Street||38||14:41||14:25||14:09|
|101.5||0.7||63.1||0.4||T.Lights||Straight||Ablewell Street Caution! Against One Way!||38||14:41||14:25||14:09|
|101.9||0.3||63.4||0.2||Keep Right||Lichfield Street||38||14:41||14:25||14:09|
|Lichfield Street, Walsall||38||14:42||14:26||14:10|
Stage 2 Map
Stage 2 Race Profile
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