Marianne Vos dominates on Stage 2 – OVO Energy Women’s Tour

Marianne Vos (CCC Liv) sprinted to victory in the second stage of the OVO Energy Women’s Tour at the Gravesend Cyclopark in Kent, to take the overall lead of the race following day two.

Vos took the win ahead of Lizzie Deignan (Trek Segafredo) and Sarah Roy (Mitchelton Scott) at the end of the 25 lap race, run off in hot and sunny conditions, despite the initial weather forecast.

The win, her fifth stage win in the OVO Energy Women’s Tour, but first since the 2016 Tour, makes her the most successful rider in the race history.

 

Interview – Marianne Vos – Stage 2 Winner & Green Jersey – OVO Energy Womens Tour 2019 by Cycling Shorts

Marianne Vos talks to the media after winning Stage 2 of the OVO Women’s Tour and Green Jersey. © All content CyclingShorts.cc | www.chrismaher.co.uk

 

“I came from the back so I thought okay if I don’t go now I will be late so I will have to go and see if I can open up a gap and then I did but I felt okay now the legs are going to burn so I just kept going and I saw no wheels coming so that was of course a great feeling.”

[Speaking of Lizzie Deignan] “This is for her of course her home race and going to the next day’s she’s in great form, she’s always one to watch for GC, and the team is strong as well. They have a very strong team, we don’t fear anyone, but Trek is one of the teams that we are going to watch.”

Marianne Vos

Stage 2 Winner & Green Jersey Holder, CCC Liv Cycling Team

The CCC Liv rider survived a mid-race puncture and bike change to move into a nine second lead in the race ahead of Lizzie Deignan, with Amy Pieters (Boels Dolmans) also on the same time.  Having battled for numerous victories over the past decade, Vos believes that Deignan is one of the main threats to her overall lead.

Deignan takes over the HSBC UK British Cycling Best British Rider jersey as the leading home contender while defending champion Coryn Rivera (Team Sunweb) keeps the lead in the Eisberg Sprints jersey.

With a flat day at the Cyclopark, Christine Majerus (Boels Dolmans) retained the SKODA Queen of the Mountains jersey before the serious climbs of the 2019 race begin in the Chilterns on Stage Three from Henley-on-Thames to Blenheim Palace.

Stage 2 Results

OVO Women's Tour Preview - Stage 3

The Oxfordshire stage begins at 10:30 and passes through Wallingford, Didcot, Wantage and Charlbury, covering 145.1 kilometres / 90.2 miles with an expected finish of around 14:35 in front of the world famous Blenheim Palace.

 

Highlights of Stage Two will be shown on ITV4 at 20:00 on Tuesday 11 June with a repeat at 06:25 on Wednesday 12 June on the same channel.  Programmes will be available on demand via the ITV Hub catch up service and via Eurosport in the UK and around the world.

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Jolien D’hoore wins in Suffolk – Stage 1 – OVO Energy Women’s Tour

Belgian rider Jolien D’hoore sprinted to victory on the opening day of the OVO Energy Women’s Tour in Suffolk for the second year running, leading a Boels Dolmans Cycling Team one-two across the line after a testing day in gruelling conditions.

D’hoore, winner in Southwold 12 month ago, led home Dutch team-mate Amy Pieters in Stowmarket to take the first OVO Energy green jersey of this year’s race.

 

Interview – Jolien D’Hoore Stg 1 Winner 2019 – OVO Women’s Tour – Stowmarket by Cycling Shorts

Jolien D’Hoore talks to the media after her stage 1 win in the 2019 OVO Women’s Tour in Stowmarket. ©All contents CyclingShorts.cc | www.chrismaher.co.uk

 

“It was a pretty good day for us, I’m feeling alright, I did Bira two weeks ago and then straight after Thüringen, it’s pretty hard but now I’m feeling pretty good and it was pretty hard and I’m happy I could show it today with the stage win. The team was really strong, and they brought me actually to the perfect position going into the sprint and they dropped me off at 150 to go and Amy Pieters got second herself, so it really proves that we are a strong team here.”

“I think I like Suffolk now. It’s really nice and also last year was the first stage so there’s the advantage of having all the jerseys now, so I really like it and today a bunch sprint was expected and I am happy it was this way.”

Jolien D'Hoore

Stage 1 Winner & GC Leader, Boels Dolmans Cycling Team

The pair were at the head of the peloton that chased down British rider Abby-Mae Parkinson (Drops) who held a one and a half minute lead as the race passed through Stowmarket for the first time, with WNT ROTOR’S Lisa Brennauer taking third.

Parkinson’s reward for her efforts that brought the finish crowds in Stowmarket to life on a rain soaked stage was the first Wahooligan Combativity Award of the week.  The Drops rider crossed the finish line 67th, while team-mate Ellie Dickinson was the leading British rider on the stage, finishing 12th.  

Having now taken three of her four stage wins in the OVO Energy Women’s Tour in the East of England, the Belgian continued, “I think I like Suffolk now. It’s really nice and also last year was the first stage so there’s the advantage of having all the jerseys now, so I really like it and today a bunch sprint was expected and I am happy it was this way.”

In addition to the race lead, D’hoore also takes the initial lead in the Breast Cancer Care Points Jersey, while Boels Dolmans team-mate Christine Majerus leads the SKODA Queen of the Mountains Jersey.

Defending champion Coryn Rivera (Team Sunweb) began her campaign by taking the Eisberg Sprints jersey on day one and with it six seconds of time bonuses.

Once more the OVO Energy Women’s Tour will offer prize money parity with the men’s Tour of Britain, thanks to award winning independent energy supplier OVO Energy, the title sponsors for a third edition of the race.

Stage 1 Results

OVO Women's Tour Preview - Stage 2

Highlights of Stage One will be shown on ITV4 at 20:00 on Monday 10 June with a repeat at 06:25 on Tuesday 11 June on the same channel.  Programmes will be available on demand via the ITV Hub catch up service and via Eurosport in the UK and around the world.

Cyclopark will make OVO Energy Women’s Tour history this June as it hosts the race’s first-ever Kent stage.

Outlining the race’s support for existing cycle infrastructure in Great Britain, the world’s best riders will tackle a 62.5-kilometre (25-lap) kermesse around the Gravesend circuit on Tuesday 11 June – day two of the 2019 race.

This stage will see Kent play host to its biggest international sporting event since the 2007 Tour de France Grand Depart, which was delivered in part by SweetSpot Group,

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Finale – ASDA Women’s Tour de Yorkshire 2019 – Race Report

Vos the Boss

 

The world’s best riders put on a show on the final stage of the Asda Tour de Yorkshire Women’s Race today as a rider with a palmares longer than today’s stage won the 2019 race.

Mariana Vos showed the world that she is still an unreal force in women’s cycling with a convincing victory into Scarborough in front of great crowds.

Sign on in Bridlington was greeted by all seasons and at a time when wind, rain and hail hit the stage, Kelly Murphy (Storey Racing), involved in the breakaway in stage one offered some advice for the race: “You can ride through anything, it’s just mind over matter.”

It was a day for attacks and the first came from Canyon-Sram’s Alice Barnes who pulled away with around a 12 second advantage. It wasn’t to hold but did breed more attacks from a number of different riders, including the Queen of the Mountains jersey holder, and Yorkshire native, Lizzy Banks (Bigla).

From an attack, Banks went on to take the sprint points at the Harwood Dale intermediate sprint, ahead of GC leader Lorena Wiebes (Parkhotel Valkenburg) and Marianne Vos (CCC-Liv).

As the race wound its way towards the descent into Robin Hood’s Bay, World Champion and race favourite Anna van der Breggen timed an attack perfectly to break away and flew up the Cote de Hooks House Farm climb too to go level with Lizzy Banks in the QOM classification.

Home favourite, and former race winner, Lizzie Deignan tried to match the attack and went after van der Breggen and a chase group rode on to join her as the peloton began to panic and stretch out as they attempted to reel the world champion in.

A huge effort up the climb at Lythe Bank saw the pursuing group join van der Breggen that saw around 8 riders at the head of the race. Things didn’t calm down here though as Mavi Garcia (Movistar) attacked and gained a 31 second advantage ahead of the penultimate climb of the day, the Cote de Grosmont, where she took all the points.

Garcia also crested the final climb of the day at Ugglebarnby to take pole position in the QOM competition before Vos and Soraya Paladin (Alé Cipollini); 12 seconds ahead of a chasing trio of Hannah Barnes (Canyon-Sram), Amanda Spratt (Mitchelton-Scott) and Christine Majerus (Boels-Dolmans).

Interview – Christine Majerus – Winner ASDA Green Points Jersey – WTdY 2019 by Cycling Shorts

Christine Majerus 2019 Winner of the ASDA Green Sprinters Points Jersey in the Women’s Tour de Yorkshire chats after her win. ©All content Cyclingshorts.cc | chrismaher.co.uk

Marianne is a phenomenal rider and thoroughly deserves this win because she rode it very smartly, so congratulations to her. This has been another fantastic race and the whole women’s peloton is incredibly grateful for the support we have received from the organisers. This is a top-class race and I’m looking forward to returning in September for the World Championships.

Lizzie Deignan

Winner Dimension Data Jersey - Women's Tour de Yorkshire 2019, Team Trek-Segafredo

Interview – Marianne Vos – ASDA WtdY Winner 2019 by Cycling Shorts

Marianne Vos chats after winning the 2019 Women’s Tour de Yorkshire in Scarborough. ©All content CyclingShorts.cc | chrismaher.co.uk

Majerus, know for being a super domestique, seemed to offer a threat to Vos, who decided to push on alone but it wasn’t long until Paladin, who was riding off the front the whole time, reeled her in.

Hannah Barnes looked threatening at this point as she was sitting in the pursuing group exerting little energy as the front group pushed on. The old adage, as ITV4 commentator Ned Boulting remarked, goes ‘look out for those doing the least amount of work’ but it was not a slight, rather a compliment on the smarts of the Canyon-Sram rider.

However, it became evident that the three riders at the front would not be caught and, despite the headwinds causing great distress in the final few kilometres, a sprint ensued and it was CCC-Liv’s Vos who took the stage win and the overall title to be crowned Asda Tour de Yorkshire Women’s Race champion 2019.

Although not a race win for Lizzie Deignan, it was clear that the ride helped with the Otley native’s training for the upcoming world championships and after helping to thin out the field earlier on in the race with a strong attacking performance, the former winner was voted the most active riders sponsored by Dimension Data in a live Twitter poll @letouryorkshire.

I was nervous coming into the final because I didn’t know what power I had left in my legs after such a hard stage but to finish it off was incredible. I’m really happy to win here and the crowds in the last few days have been fantastic. Like us, the spectators have braved some bad weather over the last two days but they have always cheered us on. It’s been a very good race.

Marianne Vos

Winner - Women's Tour de Yorkshire 2019, Team CCC

Stage 2 Results

STAGE RESULT
1.     Marianne Vos – CCC (NED)
2.     Margarita Garcia Canellas – MOV (ESP)
3.     Soraya Paladin – ALE (ITA)
4.     Christine Majerus – DLT (LUX) 01’22”
5.     Amanda Spratt – MTS (AUS)
OVERALL INDIVIDUAL TIME CLASSIFICATION
1.     Marianne Vos – CCC (NED) 7h34’27’’ 00″
2.     Margarita Garcia Canellas – MOV (ESP) 7h34’34’’ 07″
3.     Soraya Paladin – ALE (ITA) 7h34’36’’ 09″
4.     Christine Majerus – DLT (LUX) 7h35’55’’ 01’28”
5.     Amanda Spratt – FDJ (AUS) 7h36’02’’ 01’35”
 

Marianne Vos (CCC-Liv)

Yorkshire Bank Bike Libraries GC Jersey

Christine Majerus (Boels-Dolmans)

Asda Points Jersey

Mavi Garcia (Movistar)

LNER Queen of the Mountains Jersey

Lizzie Deignan (Trek-Segafredo)

Dimension Data Most Active Jersey

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Anna Henderson Win’s Inaugural Women’s East Cleveland Klondike GP

Anna Henderson win’s the inaugural Women’s East Cleveland Klondike GP

Women’s National Road Series 2019 – Round 1 | Klondike GP

Picking up from where she left off last Season with a win at the Rydedale, Henderson [Brother UK – Tifosi p/b OnForm] out-sprinted Joscelin Lowden [Brother UK – Fusion RT] along Westgate in Guisborough to take the victory in this first of 8 races in the Women’s calendar in just over 3 hours.

Setting off earlier in the morning on the 2-circuit course of 111.6kms the peloton rode steadily around to the official start before the racing began. Sarah King [Dama Bianchi] was the first attacker to clear the peloton as they made their way on-to the that main circuit, before it all came back together.

The cold stiff coastal breeze made riding difficult for those left exposed to the elements as riders began to drop-off heading out towards the Moors including Dame Sarah Storey [Storey Racing] amongst others before they turned & returned back down towards the coast and the first Queen of the Mountains prime in Saltburn-by-the-Sea.

Joscelin Lowden took maximum points in both QOM’s to claim the title.

With around 30kms remaining, Christina Wiejak [Team Jadan-Weldtite p/b Vive le Velo] made the first significant attack of the remaining 30-odd riders from a 75-rider field as the race began to ignite.

Brought back into the group, Lowden counter attacked as they climbed Loftus Bank & Carlin How Bank with Henderson joining her. Eight more riders tried to bridge the gap but the strong climbing ability of Lowden kept the chasers at bay as they had an almost 2-minute advantage running into the final few kilometres leaving a bunch sprint for the remainder of the chasing group with team-mates Leah Dixon, Becks Durell & Jess Finnay taking the 3rd-5th places.

This is a bit of a surprise considering going around the course – a little bit windy – a little bit lumpy. I wasn’t feeling great halfway through.

I saw Jos (Lowden) go and you know-what. I might as well give-it-a-kick and see what I have left in my legs. Yeh! It paid-off obviously.

Jos kicked with 20-to-go and I though, she’s so strong I’ll go with her and see what happens. If I get caught as you saw, I’ve got about 5 team-mates behind me. We were a strong unit today.

Anna Henderson

Winner - East Cleveland Klondike GP, Brother UK - Tifosi p/b OnForm

Results

1 -15 Anna Henderson Brother UK – Tifosi p/b OnForm 3:02:50

2 – 22 Joscelin Lowden Brother.uk Fusion RT st

3 -13 Leah Dixon Brother UK – Tifosi p/b OnForm +1:41

4 -14 Rebecca Durrell Brother UK – Tifosi p/b OnForm st

5 -16 Jessica Finney Brother UK – Tifosi p/b OnForm st

6 – 59 Lauren Dolan Torelli-Assure st

7 -1 Elinor Barker MBE Drops st

8 – 61 Niamh Fisher Black Torelli-Assure st

9 – 32 Fiona Hunter Johnston Campinense – Velo Performance st

10 – 23 Molly Patch Brother.uk Fusion RT st

11 – 12 Illi Gardner Brother UK – Tifosi p/b OnForm st

12 – 56 Christina Wiejak Team Jadan Weldtite-Vive le Vel +1:47

13 – 3 Anna Christian Drops +1:51

14 – 19 Emily Wadsworth Brother UK – Tifosi p/b OnForm +3:50

15 – 17 Gabriella Shaw Brother UK – Tifosi p/b OnForm st

16 – 34 Jo Tindley Campinense – Velo Performance st

17 – 28 Elizabeth Bennett Campinense – Velo Performance st

18 – 60 Jennifer George Torelli-Assure st

19 – 46 Ellen McDermott Team Boompods st

20 – 62 Sophie Thackray Torelli-Assure st

21 – 40 Chanel Mason Storey Racing st

22 – 37 Corinne Side Cycle Team OnForm st

23 – 82 Jayati Hine University of Sheffield CC st

24 – 45 Hannah Larbalestier Team Boompods st

25 – 21 Emma Lewis Brother.uk Fusion RT st

26 – 20 Jennifer Hudson Brother.uk Fusion RT st

27 – 9 Jennifer Powell Bianchi Dama st

28 – 26 Claire Steels Brother.uk Fusion RT st

29 – 39 Kelly Murphy Storey Racing +5:42

30 – 27 Ruth Shier Brother.uk Fusion RT +5:43

31 – 57 Mary Wilkinson Team Jadan Weldtite-Vive le Vel +7:31

32 – 25 Rebecca Richardson Brother.uk Fusion RT +7:41

33 – 50 Sophie Enever Team Jadan Weldtite-Vive le Vel +12:37

34 – 24 Fiona Russell Brother.uk Fusion RT +13:21

35 – 4 Emma Cockcroft Bianchi Dama +13:24

36 – 5 Charlotte Colclough Bianchi Dama st

37 – 72 Molly Weaver Orbea Racing Team +13:27

38 – 80 Amy Gornall The Racing Chance Foundation st

39 – 2 Megan Barker Drops +13:28

40 – 6 Sarah King Bianchi Dama +14:55

 

 

Interview – Anna Henderson – Klondike GP Winner – Round 1 – National Road Series 2019 by Cycling Shorts

Anna Henderson of Team OnForm talks to the media after her win in the first ever Women’s Klondike GP – Round 1 of the National Road Series. Audio & Image ©Chris Maher / CyclingShorts.cc

 

GRN Presca Teamwear Queen of the Mountains

1 – 22 Joscelin Lowden Brother.uk Fusion RT 10

2 – 15 Anna Henderson Brother UK – Tifosi p/b OnForm 4

3 – 32 Fiona Hunter Johnston Campinense – Velo Performance 3

4 – 14 Rebecca Durrell Brother UK – Tifosi p/b OnForm 2

5 – 59 Lauren Dolan Torelli-Assure 2

6 – 61 Niamh Fisher Black Torelli-Assure 1

Team Classification after Round 1

1 Brother UK – Tifosi p/b OnForm 80

2 Brother.uk Fusion RT 40

3 Torelli-Assure 39

4 Drops 26

5 Campinense – Velo Performance 23

6 Team Jadan Weldtite-Vive le Vel 9

7 Team Boompods 2

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Coryn Rivera wins OVO Energy Women’s Tour

Coryn Rivera was crowned overall winner of the OVO Energy Women’s Tour in Colwyn Bay as Britain’s five-day UCI Women’s WorldTour event came to a close on the North Wales coast.

Rivera (Team Sunweb) held on to her overnight lead, reduced to 11 seconds by WaowDeal Pro Cycling’s Marianne Vos thanks to time bonuses, on the 122-kilometre leg from Dolgellau won by Cervélo Bigla’s Lotta Lepistö in a bunch sprint from Giorgia Bronzini (Cylance Pro Cycling) and Vos.

“Being in the leader’s jersey is all about being in control, having everything cool and under control,” said Rivera following her first UCI Women’s WorldTour stage race victory. “The girls and I did really well at that.  We set a really good pace on the climbs, there were a few attacks but eventually they came back.”

“I’m really proud to have taken the win, the jersey belongs to the whole team.”

Coryn Rivera

Winner - 2018 OVO Women's Tour, Team Sunweb

We can be super proud of the team. What they showed today and through the whole week is outstanding. They controlled the whole race and paced on the climbs; they were so strong that no one could attack. It’s really amazing and the win can only be for the whole team, they were super strong and executed the plan to perfection in the end.

Hans Timmermans

Coach, Team Sunweb

The stage once again boiled down to a sprint, albeit from a significantly reduced peloton, with Finnish national champion Lepistö coming out on top. Marta Bastianelli and Roxane Fournier placed fourth and fifth in the finish alongside Porth Eirias.

A number of riders had tried to escape in early moves as the race headed through Gwynedd in overcast conditions but none were a significant threat to the overall lead of Rivera, as Team Sunweb continued to control the race.


Lucinda Brand of the Dutch team led the race over the first SKODA Queen of the Mountains climb at Bwlch-y-Maen, with former World Road Race Champion Marta Bastianelli (Alé Cipollini) leading the race over the main climb at Nant Gwynant below Snowdon.


A select group of five, containing Rivera, Sunweb team-mate Brand, Amy Pieters, last year’s winner Kasia Niewiadoma (Canyon//SRAM)  and SKODA Queen of the Mountains Elisa Longo Borghini (Wiggle HIGH5) went clear with 20 kilometres remaining, but were reeled in with 10 kilometres remaining by in the WaowDeals team of Vos and Dani Rowe, who had missed the move.

“Today there was nothing to lose,” said Lepistö following her second OVO Energy Women’s Tour win – her previous victory came in 2016’s final stage into Kettering. “We gave everything on the road and ended up with the victory, so I’m even more happy than yesterday. There was a strong wind. It was hectic final because no one really wanted to be in the front and use their best power.”

Lotte Lepistö

Stage 5 Winner - OVO Women's Tour 2018, Cervelo - Bigla Pro Cycling Team

Interview – Coryn Rivera – Winner – OVO Women’s Tour 2018 by Cycling Shorts

Coryn Rivera talks to the media after her domination and well deserved win of the OVO Women’s Tour 2018. All content ©www.cyclingshorts.cc | www.chrismaher.co.uk

Finishing third overall – her best ever finishing position in the OVO Energy Women’s Tour – and the Adnams Best British Rider was Dani Rowe, whose WaowDeals Pro Cycling team took the team prize in the race.

“I feel really proud to be a part of this team. It’s been a really special week,” said Rowe who was suffering the effects of injury following a Stage Four crash on Saturday. “I was suffering out the saddle so I just tried to conserve as much energy as possible, riding on the drops up the climb to be as aero as possible and stay in contact with the bunch. After that I got more and more confident that I would be there at the finish. Marianne went for the intermediate sprint to help defend my third place from the two Boels [Dolmans] girls who were just three seconds behind me.

“I had my doubts [getting over the two SKODA Queen of the Mountain climbs], but my team and team-mates didn’t. They believed in me. When I survived the two climbs there was a big chance that it would end in the sprint so I tried to focus on it and try my best.”

Dani Rowe

Best British Rider - OVO Women's Tour 2018, WaowDeals Pro Cycling Team

Interview – Lotte Lepisto – Stage 5 Winner – OVO Women’s Tour 2018 by Cycling Shorts

Lotte Lepisto talks to the media after sprinting to win stage 5 of the OVO Women’s Tour 2018. All content ©www.cyclingshorts.cc | www.chrismaher.co.uk

 

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Dani talks to the media after taking the Best British Rider Jersey in the OVO Women’s Tour 2018. All content ©www.cyclingshorts.cc | www.chrismaher.co.uk

 

In addition to the overall title, Rivera also took the Eisberg Sprints Jersey, while Vos kept hold of the Breast Cancer Care Points Jersey that she took on Stage Four. Longo Borghini confirmed her hold on the SKODA Queen of the Mountains climbers’ jersey, with Maaike Boogaard (BTC City Ljubljana) taking the race’s Overall Combativity Award.

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Tour Win – The Best Birthday Present – Women’s Tour de Yorkshire 2018

Barnsley to Ilkley, Friday May 4th 2018 – Birthday girl Megan Guarnier produced a climbing masterclass on the Côte de Cow and Calf to win the 2018 Asda Tour de Yorkshire Women’s Race. The American Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam rider – celebrating her 33rd birthday – left her rivals behind on the iconic Yorkshire climb and was given a rapturous reception by the large crowd as she wrapped up the stage and overall victory.

The race began in Barnsley, where the stunning Town Hall provided a perfect backdrop for what would be an amazing day’s racing and it wasn’t far out of the South Yorkshire town that the first test began; the Cote de Blacker Hill.

It was Nicola Juniper (NJC-Biemme-Echelon) who was first over the climb to take the Queen of the Mountains points immediately equalling QoM leader; 17 year old Pfeiffer Georgi of local Team Jadan Weldtite Vive le Velo’s points. Sophie Wright (Torelli-Brother) and Erica Magnaldi (BePink) came over close behind Nicola, but this attack didn’t stick and by the time the sprint at Swinton came around it was a different scene as two top riders from day one rallied to take first and second respectively in the form of overall winner Kirsten Wild (Wiggle High5) and Dani Rowe (Great Britain Cycling Team).

As the race passed into West Yorkshire, Katie Ragusa (BePink) had made a move, managing to put a short distance between herself and the peloton before being joined by Manon Lloyd (Trek-Drops).

The pair did maintain a slender lead for a while but by the time the sprint at Swinton came around they were being reined in.

Lloyd was able to hold on to take maximum points in the sprint but Wild and Rowe managed to ride back on to take second and third.

You only had to listen to the world’s best riders talking after the race to hear how bowled over they had been by the reception – it truly has been on an unprecedented scale.

The peloton was given a great send-off in Barnsley and people lined the entire route as they wound their way to Ilkley for that spectacular finish. We knew the Cow and Calf would provide a magnificent conclusion and we weren’t disappointed. Megan produced a stunning ride and is a more than worthy winner.

Sir Gary Verity

Chief Executive, Welcome to Yorkshire

With around 25km to go, another move was made. This time by world champion Chantal Blaak (Boels-Dolmans) with a smart move up the road to try and set up her team mate Megan Guarnier to take the stage, and the overall win, with two hard climbs approaching, the first of which being Cote de Old Pool Bank.

This 1km climb at a gradient of 10% was taken by Elisa Longo Borghini (Wiggle High5) ahead of Alena Amialusk (Canyon Sram) and Dani Rowe.

Amialusk and Rowe would take second and third once more on the final climb, the Cote de Cow and Calf but it wasn’t Borghini who would take the overall honours. It was birthday girl Megan Guarnier who would power up the climb after a perfectly timed attack to win the 2018 Asda Tour de Yorkshire Women’s race and bring the curtain down on another great sporting spectacle.

Belarussian Alena Amialiusik (Canyon-SRAM Racing) was the next rider home – 14 seconds adrift – with Great Britain’s Dani Rowe just three seconds further behind.

Those results meant Guarnier took the winner’s blue jersey – sponsored by Yorkshire Bank Bike Libraries – with a 17-second advantage over Rowe, with Amialiusik two seconds back in third. Bonus points accrued on the line also meant Guarnier topped the best climber classification sponsored by Virgin Trains.

Stage one winner Kirsten Wild picked up eight points on the day’s two intermediate sprints and that meant she topped the best sprinter classification sponsored by Asda, while Team Sunweb triumphed in the team classification.

 

It’s always nice to be on the podium, and I had goosebumps on that last climb. I really like this race. I have done it twice now and it’s one of the biggest we do all season. It’s been nice to see it grow to two days this year and we have really enjoyed it in Yorkshire.

Kirsten Wild

Green Jersey Winner - Asda Women's Tour de Yorkshire 2018, Team Wiggle High-5

Podium Interviews – Women’s Tour De Yorkshire 2018 by Cycling Shorts

Podium Interviews with 2018 Tour de Yorkshire winner Megan Guarnier and Dani Rowe & Alena Amialiusik (2nd & 3rd respectively). All content ©www.cyclingshorts.cc / www.chrismaher.co.uk

After the race Guarnier was gushing in her praise for the warm Yorkshire welcome she and the rest of the peloton received.

It is a real honour to win this race and it’s my first victory of the year so I’m excited. I have never, ever seen so many people on a finishing climb and so many people cheering us on. That really helped bring me home because I was full gas at the end.

Megan Guarnier (USA)

Asda Women's Tour de Yorkshire Winner 2018, Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam

Stage 2 Results & Overall Classification

STAGE RESULT
1.     Megan Guarnier (USA) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam 124km  3:19:50
2.     Alena Amialiusik (Blr) Canyon-SRAM Racing  +14 sec  
3.     Dani Rowe (GBr) Great Britain +17 sec
4 .    Erica Magnaldi (Ita) BePink +22 sec
5.     Ane Santesteban (Spa) Ale Cipollini
OVERALL INDIVIDUAL TIME CLASSIFICATION

1.        Megan Guarnier (USA) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam  6:48:09
2.        Dani Rowe (GBr) Great Britain +17 sec
3.        Alena Amialiusik (Blr) Canyon-Sram Racing +19 sec
4.        Liane Lippert (Ger) Team Sunweb Women +31 sec
5.        Erica Magnaldi (Ita) BePink +33 sec

Megan Guarnier - Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam

Kirsten Wild - Wiggle High 5

Megan Guarnier - Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam

Dani Rowe - Great Britain

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