Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig (FDJ-Suez) wins stage 2 from reduced uphill sprint in Stirling
FDJ-Suez’ Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig took the sprint ahead of Soraya Paladin (Canyon-Sram) and Sofia Bertizzolo (UAE Team ADQ).
Uttrup Ludwig takes the win in Stirling!
Less than 1km to go!
Gigante lost all her AG Insurance-Soudal teammates at the front and Uttrup Ludwig is now third wheel.
Positioning starting to become critical with 2km to go. Teams moving up.
Field is strung under the impetus of AG Insurance-Soudal with 3kms to go. It’s all uphill to the finish. Can they hold the pace?
4kms to go and AG Insurance-Soudal is back at the front. Ochre jersey Wollaston is barely hanging at the back.
All back together again. Uttrup Ludwig staying attentive and moving up.
Lauretta Hanson winds up the pace to thin out the peloton as they get to the 5km to go. And then her teammate Chapman goes off the front.
AG Insurance-Soudal takes over the front with Liv AlUla Jayco behind them with 6km to go.
Lidl-Trek at the front setting a fast tempo, making it hard for the reduced field to nullify any attacks. Ilaria Sanguineti pulls out leaving Brodie Chapman to continue the fast pace.
Peloton reels Watts back in with 8kms to go under the impetus of an attack by Franziska Koch (dsm-firmenich PostNL)
10km to go
Watts has 20 seconds to a significantly reduced peloton massed across the road.
Watts is driving her bike as fast as she can and now has a 30-second lead with 13km to go and teams are lining up at the front but show no urgency with 12km to go.
Watts is out of sight of the peloton on the twisty road and gets 11 seconds. No reaction from the peloton.
Emily Watts (Australia) takes advantage of a lull in the peloton and attacks with 16km to go
Full results of the second QOM:
1- Katia Ragusa (Human Powered Health)
2- Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig (FDJ-SUEZ)
3- Brodie Chapman (Lidl-Trek)
4- Sofia Bertizzolo (UAE Team ADQ)
Mechanical for Audrey…