2024 RideLondon Classique – Stage 2 Race Report

How the race finished

Lorena Wiebes (SD Worx Protime) made it two from two after an attritional day, extending her overall lead. Charlotte Kool (dsm firmenich PostNL) took second ahead of Lotte Kopecky (SD Worx Protime).

Full results are available below.

How it happened

With only small time gaps following the first stage, it was a tough day for any breakaways to get clear. The major teams marshalled the race, with Christine Majerus (SD Worx Protime) in particular doing a lot of work on the front to control the race. 

Race leader Lorena Wiebes (SD Worx Protime) hunted both mountains and sprint points throughout the stage, picking up bonus seconds and building a buffer in the overall general classification. Soraya Paladin (Canyon//Sram Racing) and Eleonora Gasparrini (UAE Team ADQ) were also interested, but each time Wiebes was too strong and took maximum points.

Into the last ascent up to Little Baddow Chiara Consonni (UAE Team ADQ) put in a sneaky attack, but was brought back. Fleur Moors (Lidl Trek) rode on the front stretching things out, with Lotte Kopecky (SD Worx Protime), Soraya Paladin (Canyon//Sram Racing) and Cedrine Kerbaol (Ceratizit WNT Pro Cycling) nearby. An attack from Paladin was answered by Kopecky, with Lizzie Deignan (Lidl Trek) on the wheel. Kopecky took the points over the top of the climb and kept the pressure on, drawing a small group clear. Deignan continued, possibly hoping to slip away, but the bunch regrouped. The attacks came again and again, with Canyon//Sram Racing and Ceratizit WNT being particularly aggressive. 

When it finally looked like a sprint from the reduced bunch would be inevitable, Uno X Mobility and dsm firmenich PostNL set up on the front. Kopecky exploded into action as the road pitched up to the finish line leading Wiebes in for a second victory. Charlotte Kool (dsm firmenich PostNL) managed her effort well to push through for second, with Kopecky holding on for third.

Stage Two – Full Results

 

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