2024 Tour of Britain Women – Stage 2 Race Report

How the race finished

Lotte Kopecky (SD Worx Protime) took back to back wins after a long breakaway with Anna Henderson (Great Britain). Lorena Wiebes (SD Worx Protime) picked up third, leading the chasing group home. 

Full results are available below.

How it happened

Stage Two was another lumpy day on the roads, starting and finishing in Wrexham. After a flurry of early attacks Franzsika Koch (dsm firmenich Post NL) went solo, establishing a huge lead of over three minutes as she went through Bangor-on-dee. With Lotte Kopecky in the leader’s jersey, SD Worx Protime took up pacing on the front, holding Koch at four minutes. 

On the first categorised climb of the day at Eyton Hill, Lifeplus Wahoo’s Heidi Franz put on a repeat display of her effort yesterday, kicking at the top to take points in the QoM classification ahead of jersey wearer Lizzie Deignan (Great Britain). 

Shortly after, with Koch still out the front, the peloton rolled through the intermediate sprint point, where Charlotte Kool picked up bonus seconds ahead of Lotte Kopecky. A select group pushed on including Kopecky, Deignan and leader in the young rider category Eline Jansen (VolkerWessels). Having missed the break, Human Powered Health upped the pace in the peloton, and the bunch came back together.

With all the action, Koch’s lead had tumbled from four minutes to one, and as the approach the category 1 climb up Horseshoe Pass it only continued to fall. With Koch swept up, Christine Majerus (SD Worx Protime) set the pace for race leader Lotte Kopecky, who took the opportunity to launch an offensive as the climb picked up. Initially, second placed Letizia Paternoster (Liv AlUla Jayco) was the only rider who could hold her wheel, but Anna Henderson (Great Britain) put in a huge effort to bridge across to the duo. Shortly afterwards the pace proved too much for Paternoster, who dropped back to the chase group.

Kopecky and Henderson went over the top of the climb together, quickly getting into a good rhythm to work together to extend their lead. Behind, Deignan was third across the top of the climb before three riders from St Michel Mavic Auber 93 led the reduced group in the chase. Dsm-firmenich Post NL took on a leadership role, encouraging Volkerwessels to also ride on the front, while Great Britain and SD Worx Protime looked to disrupt the chase.

With 15km to go the leading duo had a lead of 50 seconds, and it was coming down. Kopecky saw an opportunity on a small rise to attack, but Henderson was able to hang on. The chasing bunch swelled, and Liv AlUla Jayco put riders on the front to try to pull things back for Paternoster. Despite edging closer and closer, it ultimately wasn’t enough, and Kopecky and Henderson came to the line together to battle for the stage win. In the slightly uphill finish Kopecky was on the front early, and while Henderson looked strong, she didn’t have the extra pace to come around for the win.

 

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