Stage 2 of the Ladies Tour of Norway started with better weather conditions than the previous day and saw the peloton travel from Mysen to Downtown Sarpsborg for 96km. Alison Tetrick was quick to launch the first attack of day, after having crashed the previous day. She grew saw her gap grow up to 20″, however no one else joined her move and she was brought back in after 7km.
The team stayed aggressive and continued to attack early in the stage until the race came over the top of the climb at 30km and Rabo-Liv set a strong pace that would split the peloton. As the peloton started to come back together a gravel road at 41km saw a select group of 11 riders, including our Carmen Small and Rossella Ratto, gained an advantage. The 11 rider break proved to be too worrisome for the peloton and was brought back in as it started to rain. The rain increased as the race entered the finishing circuits all together.
Rabo-Liv’s Lucinda Brand broke away after the 2nd intermediate sprint and quickly gained a 10 second advantage over a chase group of 4 riders including Small, Joëlle Numainville (Cervelo-Bigla), Katrine Aalerud, and Susanne Andersen (Norway). The peloton eventually reeled in the chase and the gap to solo Brand grew to over a minute before she crossed the line for the win after riding solo for over 15 km. Carmen Small finished 17th on the stage and added this report:
“I’m happy with the way the team rode today, the ladies are getting better every day. I’m disappointed with myself that I could close the gap to Lucinda before the others got to me. I just didn’t have the legs and Lucinda was very very strong. My European race legs are coming back so this is a good prep before heading to Sweden. The team will keep fighting and it’s been really nice to race with the cylance women. Tomorrow is another day!”