Katie Hall conquers Queen stage at Tour of California
May 18 2018 11:29 pm CET

Katie Hall conquers Queen stage at Tour of California
Katie Hall conquers Queen stage at Tour of California
Photo of Katie Hall by UnitedHealthcare

Katie Hall (UnitedHealthCare) has won the Queen stage of the Amgen Tour of California. The rider crossed the finish line on her own after being part of a late escape.

The second day of action in the American race took the peloton to the mountains. The riders went through a course of 108 kilometres with a route that featured one climb of the third category, one of the second and one of the first category.

Within the first three kilometres, Coryn Rivera (Sunweb) and Lilly Williams (Hagen Bermans-Supermint) attacked and got an advantage of more than one minute over the peloton. Meanwhile, the speed and the first climb left some riders behind, including race leader Kendall Ryan (Tibco-SVB).

On the first descent, Williams left Rivera behind and went on her own building a lead of more than one minute in respect to the pack. At 27 kilometres from the final line, the American was reeled back in by the bunch and even though she was already back with the peloton, Ryan lost contact again at the next climb.

The peloton grew smaller and smaller and teams like Astana and UnitedHealthcare took the lead to set the pace. At the end of the last climb, a group of six riders that included Katie Hall (UnitedHealthCare), Ruth Winder (Sunweb), Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Canon-SRAM), Sara Poidevin (Rally), Erica Magnaldi (BePink) and Carolina Rodriguez (Astana) attacked.

On the descent, Hall and Tayler Wiles took the lead while the chasers tried to catch them before the final. With one kilometre to go, Hall dropped Wiles and crossed the finish line on her own.

Wiles was second and Niewiadoma was third. Hall also took the lead in the General Classification ahead of the final stage.



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