Heading into Day 2, it was a close-fought battle at the top of the General Classification with just 6 points separating the top 4 riders. Who would be the biggest winners and losers of Day 2?
Watch the video below to catch up on all the virtual action!
Needing to cement her place at the top, Danish rider Winther Olsen started well taking the first 5 points on offer. Winther Olsen powerfully overtook Jenny Holl in the home straight relegating the Scot to second.
Tamara Dronova once again showed glimpses of her impressive sprinting strength, coming from behind to take the second sprint. The orange jersey swept past Holl and Winter Olsen into first, bringing her total 7 points, one behind the Dane. Dronova took her second and third sprint victories on the bounce at 15 and ten laps to go respectively. The 27-year old surged past her rivals to take the lead in the race by three points from Winther Olsen.
Having grown into the race, Welsh rider Zoe Backstedt took the penultimate sprint win, bringing her total to ten points and up to third in the standings. Dronova entered the final lap with a four-point lead over Winther Olsen. If the Dane could take the ten points on offer, she would tie for the lead.
It was not to be. The Russian powered into the final straight opening a gap to Winther Olsen and stayed the course. Another excellent win for Tamara Dronova and an important win. The Points Race victory crucially tied her at the top on 24 points with Amalie Winther Olsen.
Tamara chatted to Rebecca Charlton after the race about her battle with Amalie Winther Olsen. ‘I raced Amalie during the previous Virtual Series. She’s very good, a very strong opponent. Last time she won but I hope that this time I’ll be stronger competition.’
In the second Scratch Race of the competition, there was a little more riding on the result. It was an edgy race with all the riders keen to make their mark, however, the battle for first and second was evident. Dronova and Winther Olsen marked each other closely. Zoe Backstedt was the first rider to make a move with just over a lap to go. With all the riders gritting their teeth and pushing for the line, it was the familiar orange jersey that sprung to the fore. Dronova hammered down the power and jumped into the lead coming into the home straight. Winther Olsen once again took second, her fourth in the competition, and Jenny Holl taking the last podium place.
Reflecting on losing her lead at the top, Amalie commented, ‘I would’ve liked to have gone into the final day with the lead. I’ve liked the racing the last two days a lot. It’s been really hard but it’s been great fun racing. I think tomorrow the tactics will change a bit – I will try opening the sprints a bit earlier. I did that in the first round we did and that worked really well for me. Hopefully it will work but we will see!’
It’s tight at the top, here’s the GC at the end of Day 2!