Race report

Coryn Rivera 7th and Liane Lippert 10th in Women’s Tour sprint

OVO Energy Women's Tour

After the terrible weather conditions for the opening stage yesterday, the peloton were delighted to be met with sunny skies for the second day of racing at the Women’s Tour. Ahead of the riders today were 25 laps of a two and a half kilometre circuit, around the Cyclopark at Gravesend. With a lot of sweeping corners and several rises and falls throughout the course, it was set to be a fast day in the saddle for the bunch.

There were numerous attacks in the opening laps, including a group of four that Leah Kirchmann was in, but no move was allowed to get a serious gap and everything was back together again before the first intermediate sprint. Coryn Rivera continued where she left off yesterday, taking third place and picking up another point for the intermediate sprint competition but also one bonus second too. At the next sprint Rivera improved on her position, taking second place. The American wasn’t the only Team Sunweb rider to take bonus seconds though as the team worked well to set up Liane Lippert for the last intermediate sprint, which the German duly won.

With no one able to escape and the teams controlling the front of the peloton, the day was decided in a bunch sprint finish. The team did well to position Rivera in the finale, with Susanne Andersen doing a strong lead out, but Rivera faded on the uphill drag to the line and finished in seventh place. Lippert picked up a second top ten for the team on the stage, coming home in tenth.

Rivera maintains her lead in the intermediate sprint competition and sits fourth overall ahead of tomorrow’s more difficult stage.

“We ticked off a few more points for the sprints jersey today and it was good that Liane also took some points and bonus seconds,” said Rivera at the finish. “Susanne was my right hand woman on this pretty crazy and technical circuit and we did really well getting into position for the intermediate sprints and final. It was a hard, slightly uphill finish and I just didn’t have the legs to compete for the win at the end of the day. I’m happy that I was able to retain the sprints jersey and that we all got through the circuits safely.”

Team Sunweb coach Hans Timmermans added: “I think in general the day went liked we hoped it had went on the circuit, but maybe we would have preferred for it to be even harder. In all three sprints we took bonus seconds, with Coryn and Liane both taking three seconds throughout the stage. In the final it worked out pretty good for us. Trek did a good lead out and we were positioned well behind it, with Susanne doing a perfect lead out with Coryn in the wheel. Unfortunately, Coryn was missing a bit of a kick and wasn’t able to fight for a top result. The team can be proud of how they rode today though, as the teamwork was really good throughout the stage.”

Results

Pos. Rider Team Time Points
1 VOS Marianne CCC - Liv 1:34:17 25
2 DEIGNAN Elizabeth Trek-Segafredo Women ,, 20
3 ROY Sarah Mitchelton-Scott ,, 18