2024 Tour de Suisse Stage Two – Race Report

How the race finished

Demi Vollering (SD Worx Protime) extended her lead in the overall GC with a win in the uphill time trial ahead of Elisa Longo Borghini (Lidl Trek) and Kim Cadzow (EF Education Cannondale).

Full results are available below.

How it happened

Stage Two of the Tour de Suisse saw the riders take on an individual time trial, following a 15.7km route which started flat before climbing 866m uphill, on the same climb as the peloton raced over yesterday. 

Of the early starters, Kristen Faulkner (EF Education Cannondale) set an emphatic lead, crossing the finish line in 43’28, some 3 minutes quicker than the previous fastest time of Annemarie Worst (Fenix Deceuninck).

Back at the first intermediate, before the climb started, young Australian Ella Simpson (ARA Skip Capital) showed her promise by coming through just six seconds down on Faulkner, while Christina Schweinberger (Fenix Deceuninck) was off to a flying start, clocking a time 25 second faster than Faulkner on the flat.

At the finish line, Mischa Bredewold (SD Worx Protime) didn’t have enough to bump Faulkner out of the hot seat, but put in a strong ride to show her form. When Schweinberger came through some time later, her lead over Faulkner had been eaten up on the climb, where Faulkner put a minute and a half into her. At the second intermediate split, halfway up the climb, Becky Storrie (dsm firmenich PostNL) was riding surprisingly strongly, leading Faulkner’s time by 14 seconds. 

Justyna Czapla (Canyon//Sram Racing) also put in a strong showing to cross the finish line in provisional third, before Elena Ivanchenko (UAE Team ADQ) showed her time trial strength to bump Czapla out of that third position.

Storrie showed her intermediate split times were no mistake, putting everything into the climb to cross the line 17 seconds ahead of Faulkner and take the provisional lead. Agnieszka Skalniak-Sojka (Canyon//Sram Racing), who had started on a road bike rather than a TT rig, climbed out of her skin to cross the line just 5 seconds behind Storrie, with Anna Kiesenhofer (Roland) also climbing strongly to finish in provisional fourth place.

As the GC riders started, Juliette Labous (dsm firmenich PostNL) came through the first intermediate split in third position, with Kim Cadzow (EF Education Cannondale) in eighth and Elisa Longo Borghini (Lidl Trek) just slotting in to second. 

Back at the finish line, Nienke Vinke (dsm firmenich PostNL) traced her teammate Becky Storrie, also putting in a super strong climb, to finish within a second of Storrie. Halfway up the climb things were heating up, with Monica Trinca Colonel (BePink-Bongioanni) flying through 20 seconds up on Storrie, before  Brodie Chapman (Lidl Trek) took another 40 seconds out of that time to come through in the lead. Femke de Vries (Visma Lease a Bike) also put in an outstanding ride, coming in a minute behind Chapman.

After losing touch with the front group yesterday, Antonia Niedermeier (Canyon//Sram Racing) was the one to unseat Chapman, putting 23 seconds into her time at the finish, but she didn’t hold the position for long, with the rhythmic power of Juliette Labous (dsm firmenich PostNL) propelling her into first.

The times kept falling though, as New Zealand national champion Kim Cadzow (EF Education Cannondale) swept through 21 seconds faster, taking the provisional lead before Italian national champion Elisa Longo Borghini (Lidl Trek) came through seven seconds faster.

On the road, both Gaia Realini (Lidl Trek) and Demi Vollering (SD Worx Protime) appeared to be struggling, with the time ticking into the red at the intermediate splits. Realini did enough for a provisional fifth place, but Vollering picked up her pace significantly in the closing kilometres, coming in 18 seconds quicker at the finish to take the stage and extend her lead in the General Classification. Elisa Longo Borghini moved up to second overall, with Realini just behind her teammate, holding off Cadzow for the third position on the overall general classification.

Stage Two – Results

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