Greetings and salutations.
Stage 2 was a 112km race starting and finishing in Avord. I have very few details at the moment about what happened. Bronzini won the stage making it two wins from two stages and so retains the “gold” leader’s jersey. Rochelle has two second places from two stages.
Doesn’t look like Vicki was able to take the climber’s jersey. According to her text message (no email today ) she again lead out Rochelle at the finish and may or may not have finished with the bunch time. It’s the job of the lead out riders to spend all their energy getting their sprinter into a good position. When they pull off there is nothing left in the legs so they just roll across the line and not always with the front bunch. I have no idea where Vicki sits on the general classification but I doubt it is at the top.
Tonight the race has a double header with both Stage 3 (56km from Orval to St Amand) and Stage 4 (74km from Sancoins to Orval) on the same day. No rest for the wicked I suppose.