Lauren Stephens (EF Education-TIBCO-SVB) surged away from her breakaway companions on the final climb and won stage 2 for pro women atop Mount Sequoyah at the Walmart Joe Martin Stage Race.
Emily Ehrlich (Virginia’s Blue Ridge-Twenty24) accelerated and passed Emilie Fortin (Cynisca Cycling) just before the finish banner to grab second place, as both riders finished 37 seconds behind Stephens.
The trio broke away with a fourth rider, Diana Peñuela (DNA Pro Cycling), after the queen of the mountains marker half-way through the race and never looked back. Remnants of the peloton crossed the finish above Fayetteville, Arkansas well behind the trio, Sarah Van Dam (DNA Pro Cycling) and Maeghan Easler (Roxo Racing) the only pair to stop the clock under three minutes back, at 2:59.
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