Tour de l’Ardéche Day 2 (2.2)

 

There were two stages today at the Tour de l’Ardéche. Stage two in the morning was an Individual Time Trial, followed by stage three, a 90km road stage from Vals les Bains to Le Tell.

 

Stage 2

 

The morning time trial was short, just 3 kilometres, but described as dangerous by some.  Ruth Corset (Australia) took the win by 8 seconds from Christel Ferrier Bruneau (France).  Lizzie Armitstead (Cervélo TestTeam) took third and significantly, Vicki Whitelaw (Lotto Ladies Team) finished in fourth, putting her one second ahead of the winner of stage one, Sharon Laws (Cervélo TestTeam) in the GC.

 

Ruth’s ride moved her up to third on CG, while Lizzie increased her lead in the young rider’s competition.

 

Stage 3

 

The road stage finished with the bunch coming back together and Lizzie Armitstead (Cervélo TestTeam) was able to open up a gap of four seconds on the rest by the time she hit the finish line.

 

Lizzie Armitstead Tour de l'Ardeche

Lizzie Armitstead - photograph courtesy of Cervelo Test Team

 

Grace Verbeke (Lotto Ladies Team) won the sprint for second, just ahead of Fröydis Waersted (Norway).

 

“It was a good victory today with great teamwork again from Lieselot Decroix (BEL) and Patricia Schwager (SUI),” said Lizzie Armitstead. “They worked hard in the first part of the race, enabling us to have four riders in the front. I remembered the course from last year. With 600 meters to go I took a fast corner and had a small gap and I just gave it full gas to the finish and nobody could pass me.”

 

“Today’s stage,” according to van Kessel, “was marked by a seventeen rider break lasting until the final 30 km when they came together before the finish in the long climb. The climb was not that heavy, so we really couldn’t make a difference to the others. We had four riders in the break Armitstead, Laws, Carla Ryan (AUS) and Claudia Häusler (GER). A rider did try to break out of the group but was taken back. We decided to go for the sprint with Lizzie and she was able to win it. Whitelaw was also part of the group and retains the leader’s jersey. There are some heavy stages ahead and the team is still in a good position. We now have several options for the GC with Sharon for sure, but also with Lizzie and Claudia.”

 

There is no change on GC with Vicki Whitelaw (Lotto Ladies Team) retaining the leader’s jersey from Sharon Laws (Cervelo TestTeam) who is just one second back and then Ruth Corset (Australia) stays in third, 1:29 down.

 

Lizzie Armistead retains the jersey for best young rider.

 

Tomorrow is the Queen’s stage from Saint Sauveur de Montagut to Cruas. The 117 kilometer stage contains one category 1 climb, two category 2 climbs and the final climb a category 3, before the finish in Cruas.

 

STAGE 2 RESULTS

1 Ruth Corset (Aus) Australia 0:05:32  
2 Christel Ferrier Bruneau (Fra) France 0:00:08  
3 Lizzie Armitstead (GBr) Cervelo Test Team    
4 Vicki Whitelaw (Aus) Lotto Ladies Team 0:00:12  
5 Sharon Laws (GBr) Cervelo Test Team 0:00:13  
6 Ashleigh Moolman (RSA) Lotto Ladies Team    
7 Grace Verbeke (Bel) Lotto Ladies Team 0:00:14  
8 Latoya Brulee (Bel) De Sprinters Malderen    
9 Vilija Sereikaite (Ltu) Lithuania    
10 Sophie Creux (Fra) Esgl 93 - Gsd Gestion    
11 Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) Lotto Ladies Team 0:00:17  
12 Christine Majerus (Lux) Esgl 93 - Gsd Gestion 0:00:18  
13 Claudia Häusler (Ger) Cervelo Test Team    
14 Andréa Graus (Aut) Acs Chirio - Forno D'Asolo 0:00:19  
15 Daphny Van Den Brand (Ned) Netherlands    
16 Lise Noestvold (Nor) Norway    
17 Karine Aune (Swe) De Sprinters Malderen 0:00:22  
18 Eugenie Mermillod (Fra) Esgl 93 - Gsd Gestion 0:00:23  
19 Anna Fischer (Ger) Rapha Condor 0:00:24  
20 Ludivine Henrion (Bel) Belgium 0:00:25

 

STAGE 3 RESULTS

1 Lizzie Armitstead (GBr) Cervelo Test Team 2:16:18  
2 Grace Verbeke (Bel) Lotto Ladies Team 0:00:04  
3 Fröydis Waersted (Nor) Norway    
4 Ashleigh Moolman (RSA) Lotto Ladies Team    
5 Vicki Whitelaw (Aus) Lotto Ladies Team    
6 Ruth Corset (Aus) Australia    
7 Ludivine Henrion (Bel) Belgium    
8 Lise Noestvold (Nor) Norway    
9 Sharon Laws (GBr) Cervelo Test Team    
10 Anna Fischer (Ger) Rapha Condor    
11 Rosane Kirch (Bra) Acs Chirio - Forno D'Asolo    
12 Andréa Graus (Aut) Acs Chirio - Forno D'Asolo    
13 Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) Lotto Ladies Team 0:00:09  
14 Claudia Häusler (Ger) Cervelo Test Team    
15 Carla Ryan (Aus) Cervelo Test Team    
16 Tatiana Riabchenko (Ukr) Acs Chirio - Forno D'Asolo    
17 Shara Gillow (Aus) Australia 0:00:48  
18 Sjoukje Dufoer (Bel) Belgium 0:03:02  
19 Vilija Sereikaite (Ltu) Lithuania    
20 Elodie Hegoburu (Fra) Esgl 93 - Gsd Gestion    
21 Sophie Creux (Fra) Esgl 93 - Gsd Gestion    
22 Kaat Hannes (Bel) Belgium    
23 Emilie Moberg (Nor) Norway    
24 Sanne Cant (Bel) Belgium    
25 Christine Majerus (Lux) Esgl 93 - Gsd Gestion    
26 Daphny Van Den Brand (Ned) Netherlands    
27 Jessica Schneeberger (Swi) Switzerland    
28 Alli Holland (GBr) Rapha Condor    
29 Karine Aune (Swe) De Sprinters Malderen    
30 Jennifer Hohl (Swi) Switzerland    
31 Ausrine Trebaite (Ltu) Lithuania    
32 Marion Rousse (Fra) Esgl 93 - Gsd Gestion    
33 Eugenie Mermillod (Fra) Esgl 93 - Gsd Gestion    
34 Elena Eggl (Ger) Bike-Aid    
35 Christel Ferrier Bruneau (Fra) France    
36 Ine Beyen (Bel) Belgium    
37 Sophie De Boer (Ned) Netherlands    
38 Mireille Robin (Fra) Bourgogne Cyclisme Féminin    
39 Laure Werner (Bel) Belgium    
40 Emilie Blanquefort (Fra) France    
41 Egle Zablockyte (Ltu) Lithuania    
42 Doris Schweizer (Swi) Switzerland    
43 Latoya Brulee (Bel) De Sprinters Malderen    
44 Patricia Schwager (Swi) Cervelo Test Team    
45 Christina Kollmann (Aut) Acs Chirio - Forno D'Asolo    
46 Natalie Creswick (GBr) Rapha Condor    
47 Line Foss (Nor) Norway    
48 Carlee Taylor (Aus) Australia    
49 Liselot Decroix (Bel) Cervelo Test Team    
50 Emma Silversides (GBr) De Sprinters Malderen    
51 Kathrin Hammes (Ger) Bike-Aid    
52 Béatrice Thomas (Fra) Esgl 93 - Gsd Gestion    
53 Svetlana Pauliukaite (Ltu) Lithuania 0:05:49  
54 Arenda Grimberg (Ned) Netherlands    
55 Steffi Meizer (Ger) Bike-Aid    
56 Cecilie Johansen (Nor) Norway    
57 Lizanne Naude (RSA) Lotto Ladies Team    
58 Emma Grant (GBr) Rapha Condor    
59 Annelies Visser (Ned) Netherlands    
60 Fabienne Schauss (Lux) De Sprinters Malderen    
61 Sylvie Gaillon (Fra) Bourgogne Cyclisme Féminin    
62 Andrea Dvorak (USA) Acs Chirio - Forno D'Asolo 0:05:55  
63 Natasha Perry (Aus) Rapha Condor 0:07:02  
64 Audrey Cordon (Fra) France    
65 Manon Parisot (Fra) Bourgogne Cyclisme Féminin 0:09:27  
66 Rebecca Curley (GBr) Rapha Condor    
67 Daniela Gass (Ger) Bike-Aid 0:12:10  
68 Désirée Schuler (Ger) Bike-Aid    
69 Laura Van Der Kamp (Ned) Netherlands    
70 Alna Burato (Fra) France    
71 Agne Silinyte (Ltu) Lithuania    
72 Sylvie Quittot (Fra) Bourgogne Cyclisme Féminin    
73 Linda Van Rijen (Ned) Netherlands    
74 Amy De Ridder (Bel) De Sprinters Malderen 0:14:19  
75 Fabienne Sommer (Swi) Switzerland    
76 Katarina Hranaiova (Cze) Czech-Slovak Mixed Team 0:14:27  
77 Urte Joudvalkite (Ltu) Acs Chirio - Forno D'Asolo 0:14:28  
78 Amelie Rivat (Fra) France    
79 Elke Bolangier (Bel) De Sprinters Malderen    
80 Lucie Macikova (Cze) Czech-Slovak Mixed Team    
81 Margriet Kloppenburg (Den) Czech-Slovak Mixed Team    
82 Aurore Verhoeven (Fra) France 0:15:45  
83 Andrea Chlumska (Cze) Czech-Slovak Mixed Team 0:17:05  
84 Roberta Barzdaite (Ltu) Lithuania 0:20:15  
85 Myfanwy Galloway (Aus) Australia 0:24:10  
86 Zuzana Vojtasova (Svk) Czech-Slovak Mixed Team 0:24:44  
DNF Marie Voreland (Nor) Norway    
DNF Amanda Spratt (Aus) Australia    
DNF Mirjam Schwager (Swi) Switzerland    
DNF Tina Heinzmann (Ger) Bike-Aid
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