Movistar leads Women’s Tour team GC after difficult finale in Kent; Fournier 8th

11 June 2019
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The Women’s Tour (st. 2)

Frenchwoman scores another top-ten finish at uphill sprint in Cyclopark, after huge swerve in the bunch takes Sheyla Gutiérrez out of the first split -the Spaniard again into the fight for bonus seconds-.

Multiple World Champion Marianne Vos (CCC) took Tuesday’s victory at an intense circuit (25 laps, 62km) in the Kent Cyclopark, venue for stage two of the The Women’s Tour in southeast England. The Dutchwoman bested Lizzie Deignan (TFS) and Sarah Roy (MTS) into an eventful uphill finish, with strong swerving in the field with 1km to go making the final effort quite harder for the Movistar Team’s two guns for the sprint: Roxane Fournier and Sheyla Gutiérrez.

Biannic and Fournier lead Gutiérrez out into the second intermediate sprint. (c) Sean Robinson/

While Fournier -who was close to fall alongside Gutiérrez, yet managed her way to go unscathed- had to overcome the incident to take 8th place at the finish, the Spaniard was left out of a first split also including Aude Biannic and Malgorzata Jasinska. The 3″ bonus brilliantly obtained by Gutiérrez at the second intermediate sprint were ruined by a trouble which the determined ex-Spanish champion will surely work hard to make up.

Wednesday’s stage three will be another chance for the sprinters in Blenheim Palace (145km). The Movistar Team will sport the green backnumbers as best team of the race, ahead of all of the best squads in the UCI Women’s WorldTour.

Cover picture (c): Velofocus