Liv Racing had a great second stage (123 km) in the Tour Cycliste Féminin International de l’Ardèche. Jeanne Korevaar (seventh) and Pauliena Rooijakkers (tenth) were in the breakaway that battled for victory. Leah Thomas crossed the line in Beauchastel first. Rooijakkers took the mountain jersey after her good performance.

Due to a very heavy crash, the stage was briefly stopped after forty kilometres. At that moment there were two leaders, who only had a small lead. A climb quickly followed after the neutralisation. Ten strong riders, including Jeanne Korevaar and Pauliena Rooijakkers, escaped from there.

On the penultimate climb of the day there was a breakaway in the leading group. Four riders, including Rooijakkers, stayed ahead. However, at the foot of the final climb the two groups merged again. “Immediately after the descent Pauliena attacked. When she was caught up again, Jeanne immediately attacked. It looked very promising”, says sports director Hugo Brenders.

Korevaar was caught up anyway. The rest of the leading group had no answer to the acceleration of Leah Thomas. She arrived solo. “A stage win would have been the icing on the cake, but we are nevertheless very satisfied. There were two of us in the breakaway. We tried. And if you gamble, you can lose. The leading group was extremely strong, all ten wanted and could win.”

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