After the first stage of the OVO Energy Women’s Tour, Marianne Vos stated that she had not had the strongest legs, but one day later she was again in top form. Our head woman beat the rest of the sprinters in a landslide in the second stage on Tuesday. And not just that: she also took the lead in the general classification. Marianne is now nine seconds ahead of the two closest ranked competitors. She also leads the points classification.
The second stage (over 67 kilometres) was held at the Cyclopark in Kent, a multi-functional park with a beautiful circuit for cyclists. “We knew that it would be difficult to get away and that it would be a fairly closed race. We had agreed in advance that we would draw Marianne's card”, says sports director Jeroen Blijlevens.
Marianne finished first in the first intermediate sprint and took valuable bonus seconds in the battle for the general classification. Shortly before the second intermediate sprint, she had a puncture and in the third intermediate sprint, just before the finish, she did not participate in order to start the final sprint fresher. “The team tried to position Marianne as well as possible who accelerated at the right moment and won with a distinct difference.”
The riders are presented with a tough stage on Wednesday. “CCC-Liv will try to control the stage, although it will not be easy in the challenging, long course and strong competition”, according to sports director Jeroen Blijlevens.
Photo credits: Cor Vos