The 29.5 km stage started frantically with the female peloton rushing towards the main climb. Drops entered the scene with the yellow jersey with Elise Marie Olsen wearing the jersey.
However, Olsen was one of the first victims as the peloton was reduced to less than 30 runners.
Ella Harris set a frantic pace from the start when the leader hit the lower slopes of the main climb with a fluctuating slope throughout and steps of more than 10%. Magnaldi took over shortly after, and after playing a leading role on Stage 1, she was determined to stretch the field and set her own pace. Lowden and Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig moved forward in response to Magnaldi’s rhythm injection with the pilot after the pilot was unable to keep up.
At the top of the climb, the Magnaldi took the maximum number of points in front of Uttrup Ludwig, Harris managing to get in touch as the leaders turned left and started grinding up to the radio tower. The trio were too strong for the rest of the peloton and with 14 km to go, the trio had established an 11-second lead over the pursuit.
Kristen Faulkner managed to cross the bridge and was then joined by teammate Stephens with 4 km to go after a quick descent on the flatter roads of Watopia. Uttrup Ludwig used a 2.6 km power-up to try to break free before the inevitable sprint, but the Danish climber was caught a few hundred meters later. In the sprint, Stephens was the coolest and took the stage and helped secure the yellow jersey. She will miss stage 3 of the race but will resume the last three stages of the Women’s Virtual Tour of France.
|#||Name of runner (country) Team||Result|
|1||Lauren Stephens (United States) Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank||0:47:32|
|2||Joscelin Lowden (GBr) gouttes|
|3||Enrica Magnaldi (Bel) Ceratizit-WNT|
|4||Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig (Den) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope|
|5||Kristen Faulkner (United States) Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank|
|6||Pauliena Rooijakkers (Ned) CCC-Liv||0:00:15|
|7||Sarah Gigante (Aus) Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank|
|8||Ella Harris (NZl) Canyon-SRAM|
|9||Anna Henderson (GBr) Team Sunweb|
|dix||Krista Doebel-Hickok (USA) Rally Cycling|