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HSBC-UK British Cycling Women’s Road Series 2018 | Alexandra Tour of the Reservoir – Stage 2

HSBC-UK BC Women’s Road Series 2018 | Alexandra Tour of the Reservoir Stage2 – Race Start Dame Sarah Storey in Pink

Wright On-Time As Torelli Triumphs At The Tour Of The Reservoir

Sophie Wright – Torelli-Brother-Assure Team timed her attack to perfection to win the second stage of a gruelling hot Northumbrian Water Alexandra Tour of the Reservoir, her first ever Elite National Road win, a clear 10s ahead over last year’s overall winner Mel Lowther – Storey Racing. With the Pink Leaders Jersey wearer from stage one Dame Sarah Storey – Storey Racing isolated in the chasing group 2 minutes behind, Wright also took the overall GC to become this year’s winner.

HSBC-UK BC Women’s Road Series 2018 | Alexandra Tour of the Reservoir Stage2 – Girl of the Momement with Torelli-Brother

Along with today’s victory, Wright also don’s the HSBC-UK Women’s Road Series Leaders Jersey, three points ahead of Nikki Juniper going into round 4, Otley Grand Prix on July 4th. The Jersey has passed hands three times in as many races & Wright isn’t expected to defend her title at Otley.

Finishing 5th in the bunch kick to the line on the 1st day, Wright executed a predetermined plan of action to perfection as she explained after the race Saying

“That was the hardest finish I have ever done – but it was worth it”. “I’m pretty confident with a Hill Finish, but I though there are some pretty good Sprinters in the bunch. I did get pipped yesterday to get 5th, so I kind of thought I’m just going to have to go earlier. There’s a hill, a kick-up at the Feed Zone – I just thought do or die – just commit & drive it over the front”. Going on to say “I noticed when I was going around I was quite good at descending in the group so I thought if I just smash-it down the descent as well it will open up a gap”.

HSBC-UK BC Women’s Road Series 2018 | Alexandra Tour of the Reservoir Stage2
How the race unfolded.

Beautiful blue skies welcomed the riders to the second day of racing around Derwent Reservoir out of Edmundbyers, with little or no wind as had been the day before.

HSBC-UK BC Women’s Road Series 2018 | Alexandra Tour of the Reservoir Stage2 – Peloton on Pow Hill

This year for the first time, the Women’s Event tackled Horseshoe Hill for two laps before finishing back in the Reservoir Grounds after competing 75.7 miles.

HSBC-UK BC Women’s Road Series 2018 | Alexandra Tour of the Reservoir Stage2 – Dame Sarah Storey in Pink Leaders Jersey

A couple of digs after the neutralised start came to nothing and before long they were making their way towards the big climb for the first time.
Jenny Holden – Fusion RT Veloperformance & Illi Gardner – YRDP attacked on the bottom slopes with Eleanor Dickenson, Rhona Callander – Team Breeze, Ellen McDermott – Boompods EDCO NRG joined them. Ruth Summerford – trainSharp Club came across and the peloton were 22s adrift.

HSBC-UK BC Women’s Road Series 2018 | Alexandra Tour of the Reservoir Stage2 – Pow Hill
HSBC-UK BC Women’s Road Series 2018 | Alexandra Tour of the Reservoir Stage2 – Illi Gardner – YRDP 20s lead on Horseshoe Hill

It didn’t take long before the peloton exploded into pieces leaving Illi – YRDP tapping a good rhythm to go a clear 20s ahead of a couple of small groups approaching the Prime.

HSBC-UK BC Women’s Road Series 2018 | Alexandra Tour of the Reservoir Stage2 – Chasing Group on 1st Big Climb

A reformation on the decent back into Edmundbyers for a second climb in succession of Horseshoe Hill saw a group of around thirty rides left to contend the race.

HSBC-UK BC Women’s Road Series 2018 | Alexandra Tour of the Reservoir Stage2 – Front Group on Horseshoe Hill 1st Pass
HSBC-UK BC Women’s Road Series 2018 | Alexandra Tour of the Reservoir Stage2 – Group 2 on Horseshoe Hill
HSBC-UK BC Women’s Road Series 2018 | Alexandra Tour of the Reservoir Stage2 – Lead Group 2nd Climb
HSBC-UK BC Women’s Road Series 2018 | Alexandra Tour of the Reservoir Stage2 – Lead Group 2nd Climb around 30 riders together
HSBC-UK BC Women’s Road Series 2018 | Alexandra Tour of the Reservoir Stage2 – Fractured return to Edmundbyers leading 8 riders
HSBC-UK BC Women’s Road Series 2018 | Alexandra Tour of the Reservoir Stage2 – 2nd Group return into Edmundbyers
HSBC-UK BC Women’s Road Series 2018 | Alexandra Tour of the Reservoir Stage2 – Race Leader just dropping off back into Edmundbyers

As the riders made their second decent towards Edmundbyers, splits had formed again with the Pink Leaders Jersey dangling off the back of the second group with 2 smaller Reservoir circuits remaining.

HSBC-UK BC Women’s Road Series 2018 | Alexandra Tour of the Reservoir Stage2 – Leading 8 on the Dam Wall for Bell Lap

Heading back over the Dam Wall to take the bell lap, a group of 8 had gone clear, Lizzy Banks – UHC Pro Cycling driving forward with the Pink jersey in the second group, some 1.04s behind.

HSBC-UK BC Women’s Road Series 2018 | Alexandra Tour of the Reservoir Stage2 – Chasing Group on the Dam Wall for Bell Lap

Wright made her move through the Feed Zone with a blistering descent through Edmundbyers and the reverse finish up to the Dam wall ahead of Mel Lowther & Anna Henderson – Cycle Team OnForm.

HSBC-UK BC Women’s Road Series 2018 | Alexandra Tour of the Reservoir – Sophie Wright – Torelli-Brother wins Stage 2

Becks Durrell – Storey Racing brought the chase group in at 1.55s back.

HSBC-UK BC Women’s Road Series 2018 | Alexandra Tour of the Reservoir – Dame Sarah Storey finishes Stage 2
HSBC-UK BC Women’s Road Series 2018 | Alexandra Tour of the Reservoir Stage2 Podium – L-R: Anna Henderson, Sophie Wright, Mel Lowther
Stage 2 Top 30

1 84 Sophie Wright Torelli-Brother 3:24:59
2 1 Melissa Lowther Storey Racing +10
3 22 Anna Henderson Cycle Team OnForm st
4 42 Nicola Juniper NJC – Biemme – Echelon st
5 66 Jessica Roberts Team Breeze +13
6 11 Georgina Panchaud Bianchi Dama st
7 43 Jennifer Powell NJC – Biemme – Echelon +20
8 98 Elizabeth Banks Unitedhealthcare Pro Cycling Te st
9 3 Rebecca Durrell Storey Racing +1:55
10 80 Laura Massey Torelli-Brother +1:57
11 6 Anna Kay Storey Racing st
12 15 Hannah Larbalestier Boompods EDCO NRG st
13 90 Emily Wadsworth 100% ME st
14 76 Chloe Fraser The Racing Chance Foundation st
15 79 Jen George Torelli-Brother +2:01
16 60 Megan Barker Team Breeze +2:04
17 9 Emma Cockcroft Bianchi Dama st
18 8 Dame Sarah Storey Storey Racing +2:07
19 28 Jennifer Hudson Fusion RT Veloperformance +2:10
20 62 Abigail Dentus Team Breeze +2:12
21 4 Elizabeth-Jane Harris Storey Racing st
22 99 Illi Gardner YRDP +2:14
23 41 Amelia Sharpe Liv Cycling Club – Halo Cycles st
24 25 Alicia Speake Cycle Team OnForm st
25 7 Chanel Mason Storey Racing st
26 31 Emma Lewis Fusion RT Veloperformance +2:26
27 30 Rebecca Johnson Fusion RT Veloperformance +9:31
28 74 Natasha Reddy Team Vision Innovative Leisure st
29 21 Jessica Finney Cycle Team OnForm +9:38
30 49 Kerry Middleton Sigma Sports x Threo +9:41

Queen of the Mountain Overall

1 8 Dame Sarah Storey Storey Racing 12
2 98 Elizabeth Banks Unitedhealthcare Pro Cycling Te 6
3 9 Emma Cockcroft Bianchi Dama 6

U23 Overall

1 22 Anna Henderson Cycle Team OnForm
2 66 Jessica Roberts Team Breeze
3 1 Melissa Lowther Storey Racing

Junior Overall

1 41 Amelia Sharpe Liv Cycling Club – Halo Cycles
2 77 Corinne Side The Racing Chance Foundation
3 71 Amy Monkhouse Team Backstedt/Hotchillee

HSBC-UK BC Women’s Road Series 2018 | Alexandra Tour of the Reservoir Top 3 L-R: Nikki Juniper, Sophie Wright, Anna Henderson
General Classification after Stage 2 Top 30

1 84 Sophie Wright Torelli-Brother 6:31:14
2 22 Anna Henderson Cycle Team OnForm 6:31:22
3 42 Nicola Juniper NJC – Biemme – Echelon 6:31:22
4 66 Jessica Roberts Team Breeze 6:31:29
5 1 Melissa Lowther Storey Racing 6:31:29
6 11 Georgina Panchaud Bianchi Dama 6:31:30
7 43 Jennifer Powell NJC – Biemme – Echelon 6:31:37
8 98 Elizabeth Banks Unitedhealthcare Pro Cycling Te 6:31:39
9 8 Dame Sarah Storey Storey Racing 6:32:32
10 9 Emma Cockcroft Bianchi Dama 6:32:35
11 6 Anna Kay Storey Racing 6:33:14
12 80 Laura Massey Torelli-Brother 6:33:16
13 90 Emily Wadsworth 100% ME 6:33:16
14 60 Megan Barker Team Breeze 6:33:20
15 79 Jen George Torelli-Brother 6:33:20
16 4 Elizabeth-Jane Harris Storey Racing 6:33:31
17 28 Jennifer Hudson Fusion RT Veloperformance 6:33:37
18 41 Amelia Sharpe Liv Cycling Club – Halo Cycles 6:33:38
19 62 Abigail Dentus Team Breeze 6:33:39
20 7 Chanel Mason Storey Racing 6:33:44
21 99 Illi Gardner YRDP 6:33:50
22 31 Emma Lewis Fusion RT Veloperformance 6:33:53
23 15 Hannah Larbalestier Boompods EDCO NRG 6:35:09
24 76 Chloe Fraser The Racing Chance Foundation 6:35:12
25 3 Rebecca Durrell Storey Racing 6:35:19
26 25 Alicia Speake Cycle Team OnForm 6:35:31
27 30 Rebecca Johnson Fusion RT Veloperformance 6:41:04
28 51 Helen Ralston Sigma Sports x Threo 6:41:06
29 63 Eleanor Dickinson Team Breeze 6:41:08
30 49 Kerry Middleton Sigma Sports x Threo 6:41:17

HSBC-UK BC Women’s Road Series 2018 | Alexandra Tour of the Reservoir Stage 2 – Team Classification – Storey Racing
HSBC-UK British Cycling Women’s Road Series Team Classification after Round 3

1 Storey Racing 160
2 Torelli-Brother 123
3 NJC – Biemme – Echelon 103
4 Team Breeze 85
5 Cycle Team OnForm 73
6 Trek-Drops 58
7 Bianchi Dama 33
8 Fusion RT Veloperformance 23
9 Liv Cycling Club – Halo Cycles 22
10 Team Backstedt/Hotchillee 5
11 Les Filles Racing Team 4
12 YRDP 2

HSBC-UK BC Women’s Road Series 2018 | Alexandra Tour of the Reservoir Stage2- GC Winner Sophie Wright
HSBC-UK British Cycling Women’s Road Series Individual Classification after Round 3

1 Sophie Wright Torelli-Brother 96
2 Nicola Juniper NJC – Biemme – Echelon 93
3 Anna Henderson Cycle Team OnForm 71
4 Rebecca Durrell Storey Racing 52
5 Jessica Roberts Team Breeze 50
6 Melissa Lowther Storey Racing 32
7 Jennifer Powell NJC – Biemme – Echelon 32
8 Neah Evans Storey Racing 30
9 Elizabeth-Jane Harris Storey Racing 29
10 Anna Kay Storey Racing 28
11 Georgina Panchaud Bianchi Dama 27
12 Dame Sarah Storey Storey Racing 26
13 Eleanor Dickinson Team Breeze 24
14 Emma Cockcroft Bianchi Dama 23
15 Pfeiffer Georgi Liv Cycling Club – Halo Cycles 22
16 Lucy Shaw Trek-Drops 22
17 Laura Massey Torelli-Brother 22
18 Elizabeth Banks Unitedhealthcare Pro Cycling Te 19
19 Alice Sharpe Torelli-Brother 18
20 Manon Lloyd Trek-Drops 18

HSBC-UK BC Women’s Road Series 2018 | Alexandra Tour of the Reservoir Stage2