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.