Amy Pieters has won the second stage in the Healthy Ageing Tour. That means it’s two in two for Boels-Dolmans Cycling Team in the Healthy Ageing Tour, as Anna van der Breggen has won the opening time trial yesterday.
"I am very happy with this win," said Pieters. "We rode strong as a team again today. After yesterday, we were of course all well positioned in the GC, so anything was still possible.”
With her stage one win, Van der Breggen was awarded the first leader's jersey in yesterday’s podium ceremony. Chantal Blaak got second by two seconds, while Pieters and Christine Majerus finished sixth and eighth respectively, fifteen and 25 seconds down on Van der Breggen.
Quite early in the second stage, a select group of riders got off the front of the peloton. Boels-Dolmans Cycling Team was represented by four riders, the four in the overall top ten. Amalie Dideriksen and Skylar Schneider were in the second group.
During the stage, it became increasingly clear that this lead group, which eventually consisted of thirteen riders, would stay away. The group worked well together, until the final started. With the advantage in numbers, it was up to Boels-Dolmans Cycling Team and attack followed after attack. Eventually, Pieters got away with Alice Barnes (Canyon-SRAM).
"We had planned for any one of us to attack, any of the four of us would have been okay," explained Pieters. "[Alice and I] were actually gone quite early and then we stayed away until the finish. So in the end, it’s nice to win. "
It was Pieters who opened her sprint very early, already a few hundred meters from the line. A photo finish was consulted to decide the winner of the stage and it was Pieters who had thrown her bike across the line first.
"Looking back, I opened my sprint just a little too early," said Pieters. "But it was the right time to go. I might have waited a bit longer, but fortunately it worked out well.”
Over half a minute behind the duo, Van der Breggen crossed the line in third place. Blaak took fifth place in the results and Majerus finihsed ninth. Pieters takes the lead in the general classification after stage two.
"There are three more stages and a team time trial to come, so we’re definitely not there yet," said Pieters about her leader’s position.
There’s a double day on tap tomorrow, with a road race of around 66 kilometers in the morning and a team time trial in the afternoon. The morning stage is livestreamed on Podium.TV, there will be highlights of the team time trial in the afternoon.