Amy Pieters took the second stage as Wiggle HIGH5 rider Marianne Vos claimed the overall leader’s yellow jersey as she sprinted to victory in Stratford at the end of a 140-kilometre stage through Warwickshire.
Pieters headed reigning Aviva Women’s Tour champion Lisa Brennauer and Vos into a close finish with Orica AIS rider Gracie Elvin fourth and overnight leader Christine Majerus fifth.
In the overall standings, Marianne Vos has a three-second lead over Majerus, with Pieters a further four seconds back.
Despite often inclement weather conditions the stage was another fast paced affair, with lots of attacking riding, no rider more so than Ale Cipollini’s Emilia Fahlin, who was twice away in moves off the front of the race, the second time alone.
Marianne Vos also now holds the Chain Reaction Cycles Points classification.
Lizzie Armitstead finished safely in the front group in 18th to remain the highest placed British rider overall in the Adnams Best British Rider jersey.
The Strava Queen of the Mountains jersey is now held by UnitedHealthcare’s Katie Hall, two points ahead of Ilona Hoeksma.
Her compatriot Floortje Mackaij retained the Best Young Rider jersey.
The main overall race contenders are now perfectly placed to take on today’s Stage 3 from 10.45am, in Ashbourne, finishing about 2.10pm, in Chesterfield Market Place, after coming through the Peak District National Park including Buxton, Chatsworth, Youlgreave and Matlock.
The Stage 3 106.9km race will start in Ashbourne at 11am, and will be expected to hit Buxton, about 11.40am, Matlock about 12.48pm, and Chesterfield about 1.53pm.
Some of the best viewing spots include: Terrace Road, Buxton, for a points sprint at about 11.43am; Winster about 12.31pm for a Queen of the Mountains challenge; Bank Road, Matlock, about 12.52pm, for a Queen of the Mountains Challenge; and Market Place, Chesterfield, about 1.53pm, for the finish.
The overall Stage 3 route will go from Ashbourne, to East Strendale, Buxton, Chelmorton, Monyash, Youlgreave, Alport, Winster, Wensley, Cross Green, Darley Moor, Matlock, Ashover, Beeley, and Baslow heading along the A619, B6050 towards Chesterfield.
The race is expected to hit Chesterfield on the B6051 Newbold Road, and head on to the B6150 Loundsley Green Road, then on to Ashgate Way, Saltergate, Soresby Street, Rose Hill, Clarence Road, West bars and then Market Place in Chesterfield town centre.