For the second consecutive day, Route de France concluded with a bunch sprint with ORICA-AIS rider Sarah Roy sprinted into the top ten for the third day in a row.
Today’s 114kilometre stage of the UCI 2.1 category race was predominantly flat and fast with winds causing splits within the peloton. ORICA-AIS had strength in numbers with four of the team represented in the main front split of the day.
“The race split to bits within the first 20kilometres today due to some cross wind sections,” explained sport director Gene Bates. “We had four riders in the front group and it pretty much stayed like that the whole day because there was a strong tailwind.”
“The girls did a great job, they delivered Roy really well and kept things all together in the final circuits for the sprint.
“They gave Roy the best shot at the sprint, she just got a bit boxed in the finish and couldn’t get out. She will probably be a bit disappointed with that because the girls helped her a lot and because she has really good legs at the moment.
“It is frustrating at times but that’s the nature of sprinting. To really nail the sprint everything has to go almost perfectly but we have one more shot tomorrow before the time trial and I think Roy will be really eager to have one final crack.”
How it happened:
Compared to yesterday’s surprisingly hilly stage in the finale, today’s stage two of Route de France was predominately flat with wind and corners to contend with.
After just 15kilometres of racing the pace was high and the bunch was strung out from the efforts of Liv-Plater. Once the peloton had covered 20kilometres, a significant split in the peloton occurred leaving just 43 riders in the front.
ORICA-AIS were attentive and managed to place four of their five riders in this front lead group giving them a good representation heading into the final.
The group of 43 riders increased the gap to over two minutes ahead of the remaining peloton with many of the race favourites in there.
As expected the large group stayed away to the finish with Roxane Fournier (PC-Futuroscope86) taking the stage victory in a close sprint.
ORICA-AIS’s highest placed finisher was sprinter Roy in 10th place maintaining her consistent top 10 finishes so far this tour and also remaining in second place on the general classification.
Tomorrow is a shorter stage at just 102kilometres before the race has an individual time trial with more mountainous stages to follow.
Route de France stage 2 results:
1. Roxane Fournier (PC-Futuroscope86) 2:39:01
2. Floortje Macktje (Liv-Plantur) ST
3. Chloe Hosking (Wiggle-High5) ST
10. Sarah Roy (ORICA-AIS) ST
General classification after stage 2:
1. Amy Pieters (wiggle-High5) 6:31:56
2. Sarah Roy (ORICA-AIS) +0:10
3. Floortje Macktje (Liv-Plantur) ST