Lauren Stephens and Julien Bernard win stage 2 of virtual Tour de France
Jul 06 2020 02:55 am CET

Lauren Stephens and Julien Bernard win stage 2 of virtual Tour de France
Lauren Stephens and Julien Bernard win stage 2 of virtual Tour de France
Tour de France

Lauren Stephens (Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank) and Julien Bernard (Trek-Segafredo) have taken the victories at the second stage of the virtual Tour de France.

The second day of competition of the virtual race that takes place on the platform Zwift had 149 participants -89 men and 60 women- over a 29.8-kilometre course that included one challenging climb.

The women's peloton was the first one to tackle the race and Trek-Segafredo's Ellen van Dijk set a high tempo, leaving Elise Olsen -from Drops Cycling Team and who was defending the Yellow Jersey- struggling in the back. Erica Magnaldi (Ceratizit-WNT) once again fought for the QOM points, which she got ahead of the Polka-Dot jersey wearer Joscelin Lowden (Drops).

Magnaldi went away and FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope's Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig rode with her inside the last ten kilometres. In the last kilometres, three more riders joined the duo, including Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank's Kristen Faulkner and Lauren Stephens. The latter was the fastest in the final stretch and took the victory of the day ahead of Lowden and Magnaldi.

In the men's race, Geraint Thomas (Ineos) was one of the most active riders of the stage and took the award of the most combative participant. NTT Pro Cycling's Louis Meintjes tried hard on the climb of the day and had the company of James Piccoli (Israel Start-Up Nation).

The riders of EF Procycling kept pushing in the descent and took other riders like Trek-Segafredo's Julien Bernard with them. CCC Team's Patrick Bevin tried to get away in the last 500 metres, Israel Start-Up Nation's Freddy Ovett caught him but Bernard was the fastest to cross the finish line.

NTT Pro Cycling maintained the Yellow Jersey for the men while Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank will be wearing it when the race restarts, on the weekend of July 11 with the third stage of the competition.



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