Dutch rider Marianne Vos took over the yellow jersey within the ladies’s Tour de France with victory in a three-way dash to win the second stage from Meaux to Provins on Monday. Staff Jumbo-Visma’s Vos edged out Silvia Persico and Katarzyna Niewiadoma to assert the jersey from compatriot Lorena Wiebes who completed 29 seconds behind in sixth place. “It isn’t revenge, it is a fully great day,” mentioned Vos who completed second behind Wiebes in Sunday’s opening stage on the Champs-Elysees.
Trek-Segafredo’s Elisa Longo Borghini, winner of Paris-Roubaix and a particular contender for the yellow jersey in France, completed fourth within the stage, two seconds again.
Much less lucky was her Italian compatriot Marta Cavalli, winner of this 12 months of the Amstel Gold and the Fleche-Wallonne and a possible winner of the general title right here.
The 24-year-old was the precept sufferer in one in all three nasty crashes in a final 30 kilometres the place the crosswinds and gusts of as much as 45 km/h made the riders jumpy concerning the prospect of a break within the peloton.
The FDJ-Suez-Futuroscope rider was already on the bottom when she was hit by Australian champion Nicole Frain who got here flying via with out braking.
Cavalli climbed again on her bike however failed to complete the stage with the staff pulling her to take “no threat”.
It was a foul day all spherical for FDJ as Danish rider Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig, their different potential challenger, received caught up in one other crash and misplaced greater than a minute to Vos, Longo Borghini and Niewiadoma.
For 35-year-old Vos, one of many nice names of biking with three world highway championships and Olympic observe gold amongst her many honours, this yellow jersey has a way of unfinished enterprise.
She gained on the Champs-Elysees in 2014 within the first version of La Course which occurred on the final day of the lads’s Tour de France, a race she helped to launch.
As a toddler she pressed her dad and mom to take her to observe the Tour.
“We had been going to Alpe d’Huez, to the dash finishes, to Pau,” she mentioned once more initially in Meaux on Monday. “That was how we spent our summer time holidays, driving the course in our tenting van.”
Vos now leads the overall classification with a 10-second lead over Valcar rider Persico, with Niewiadoma of Canyon-SRAM two seconds additional again.
Tuesday’s stage three must also swimsuit the sprinters with a 133.6km journey via the Champagne area from Reims to Epernay. The race ends in Paris on Sunday.
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