After standing victorious at Tour de France 2022, Jumbo-Visma is now making rounds at the Tour de France Femmes. Marianne Vos of team Jumbo-Visma had a clean win on 25th July, Monday. She not only won stage 2, but also now holds the yellow jersey. Vos is now the new race leader.
It was already known that Vos will rise, the only question was to when. She lost at Champs-Élysées to Lorena Wiebes (DSM) by mere seconds. But on stage 2, there was no outsprinting Marianne, as no one was able to escape her wrath.
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With 20 km to go, a group of six women rode their bicycles to form that fought their way. The group included Kasia Niewiadoma (Canyon-SRAM) and Silvia Persico (Valvar Travel Service). Elisa Balsamo (Trek-Segafredo) launched the first attack accompanied by GC leader Elisa Longo Borghini and our very own Maike van der Duin (Le Col-Wahoo), the best yound rider.
This group of six finished first, closely followed by the second group, including Demi Vollering (SD Worx), Lorena Wiebes (DSM) and Mavi García (UAE Team ADQ). This group closed in with a gap of 29 seconds from the leading group. The third group closed 39 seconds behind the lead group, and it included Annemiek van Vleuten (Movistar), the best-loved.
The day also stood witness to many crashes and among them, the worst was met by Marta Cavalli and Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig (FDJ-Suez-Futuroscope). While Cecilie just pulled out of overall contention, Marta had to abandon the race as she met a head injury. There was a crash with just 25 km left of the race, and as Marta approached the mummbled-jumbled racers, apreaded on the road, she slowed down as a precaution to avoid crashing.
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Despite the precaution, she was hit from behind by Nicole Frain (Parkhotel Valkenburg) who was unaware of the sitaution herself. Marta hit the ground, straight on her back. After a few minutes had passed, she tried to get back on her bike, but she was unable to do so. Sdly, she had to be taken out of the race. The rider was visibly upset at tears rolled down her cheeks.
The team manager for FDJ-Suez-Futuroscope, Stephen Delcourt, made the announcement after the race:
She hesitated and wanted to continue but the team said no, we don’t want to play with the life of a rider. Cycling is just part of life, not the priority.
Nonetheless, the day belonged to Marianne Vos, who perfectly timed her attack to take the stage win. A seemingly happy Vos, said to the media:
I wanted to try my best and do things right but I also knew there were some fast girls. Of course, it was very hard in the final so everybody probably had sore legs. I just had to go and see if it would be enough
|1||Marianne Vos||Team Jumbo-Visma||03:14:02|
|2||Silvia Persico||Valcar-Travel & Service||+00|
|3||Katarzyna Niewiadoma||CANYON//SRAM Racing||+00|
|4||Elisa Longo Borghini||Trek-Segafredo||+02|
|5||Maike van der Duin||Le Col Wahoo||+ 12|
|6||Lorena Wiebes||Team DSM||+ 29|
|7||Julie De Wilde||Plantur-Pura||+ 29|
|8||Rachele Barbieri||Liv Racing Xstra||+ 29|
|9||Lotte Kopecky||Team SD Worx||+ 29|
|10||Maria Giulia Confalonieri||Ceratizit-WNT Pro Cycling||+ 29|
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