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Women’s Tour of California Stage 2: Hall solos to queen stage win

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Katie Hall won stage 2 of the 2018 Amgen Tour of California. Photo: Ezra Shaw/Getty Images for AEG

UnitedHealthcare’s Katie Hall rode to an impressive solo victory in South Lake Tahoe during the queen stage of the women’s Amgen Tour of California. Taylor Wiles (Trek-Drops) finished 25-seconds back in second place, while Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Canyon-SRAM) finished in third 1:01 back. With the victory, Hall takes overall leadership of the race.

Stage 2, top ten

  • 1. Katharine Hall, (USA) UNITEDHEALTHCARE PRO CYCLING TEAM, in 3:06:41
  • 2. Tayler Wiles, (USA) TREK – DROPS, at :25
  • 3. Katarzyna Niewiadoma, (POL) CANYON // SRAM RACING, at 01:01
  • 4. Erica Magnaldi, (ITA) BEPINK, at 01:02
  • 5. Brodie Chapman, (AUS) , at 01:06
  • 6. Carolina Rodriguez Gutierrez, (MEX) ASTANA WOMEN’S TEAM, at 01:10
  • 7. Sara Poidevin, (CAN) RALLY CYCLING, at 01:33
  • 8. Leah Thomas, (USA) UNITEDHEALTHCARE PRO CYCLING TEAM, at 02:14
  • 9. Juliette Labous, (FRA) TEAM SUNWEB, at 02:18
  • 10. Marcela Elizabeth Prieto CastaÑeda, (MEX) SWAPIT AGOLICO, at 02:21

General Classification, top ten

  • 1. Katharine Hall, (USA) UNITEDHEALTHCARE PRO CYCLING TEAM, in 6:13:39
  • 2. Tayler Wiles, (USA) TREK – DROPS, at :29
  • 3. Katarzyna Niewiadoma, (POL) CANYON // SRAM RACING, at 01:07
  • 4. Erica Magnaldi, (ITA) BEPINK, at 01:12
  • 5. Brodie Chapman, (AUS) , at 01:16
  • 6. Carolina Rodriguez Gutierrez, (MEX) ASTANA WOMEN’S TEAM, at 01:20
  • 7. Sara Poidevin, (CAN) RALLY CYCLING, at 01:43
  • 8. Leah Thomas, (USA) UNITEDHEALTHCARE PRO CYCLING TEAM, at 02:24
  • 9. Juliette Labous, (FRA) TEAM SUNWEB, at 02:28
  • 10. Marcela Elizabeth Prieto CastaÑeda, (MEX) SWAPIT AGOLICO, at 02:31

Hall and Wiles attacked out of a select group with one kilometer remaining on the final climb of the day. Hall took the QOM points as they crested the summit, and the two riders started the descent together with 10 kilometers to the finish line.

On the uphill drag to the line, Hall attacked Wiles and soloed in for her first career WorldTour victory.

After the stage, Hall said she preferred to have company over the final climb.

“It went pretty darn well. It was good. I was actually really happy to have Taylor there because I knew Taylor is really strong on the descents and on the flats. I’ve been with her in a break with her in the past in Gila, she was my teammate, and I just know she was a good person to have there. I felt pretty confident I could beat her up the final climb, so I felt just great to have her over the top of Kingsbury Grade.

Runner-up Wiles reflected on her decision not to attack Hall on the final flat sections leading into the final uphill drag.

“We went over the QOM together and then descended together. I knew I was going to need as much time as possible. We worked together and I kind of knew she was going to attack me up that last little bit so now in retrospect I’m thinking should I have attacked her. I don’t really know.”

Despite her slight tactical regret, Wiles seemed happy with her podium finish.

“We know each other’s strengths and weaknesses which can be a good or a bad thing. She probably knew that was where she had to get me. Overall it was a really good day.”

Hall, who lost the 2017 edition of the race by a single second, will be incredibly motivated to defend her lead on the final stage tomorrow in Sacramento.

“If I can keep the yellow jersey, it means a lot.”

Full Stage Results

  • 1. Katharine Hall, (USA) UNITEDHEALTHCARE PRO CYCLING TEAM, in 3:06:41
  • 2. Tayler Wiles, (USA) TREK – DROPS, at :25
  • 3. Katarzyna Niewiadoma, (POL) CANYON // SRAM RACING, at 01:01
  • 4. Erica Magnaldi, (ITA) BEPINK, at 01:02
  • 5. Brodie Chapman, (AUS) , at 01:06
  • 6. Carolina Rodriguez Gutierrez, (MEX) ASTANA WOMEN’S TEAM, at 01:10
  • 7. Sara Poidevin, (CAN) RALLY CYCLING, at 01:33
  • 8. Leah Thomas, (USA) UNITEDHEALTHCARE PRO CYCLING TEAM, at 02:14
  • 9. Juliette Labous, (FRA) TEAM SUNWEB, at 02:18
  • 10. Marcela Elizabeth Prieto CastaÑeda, (MEX) SWAPIT AGOLICO, at 02:21
  • 11. Blanca Liliana Moreno Canchon, (COL) ASTANA WOMEN’S TEAM, at 02:29
  • 12. Kirsti Lay, (CAN) RALLY CYCLING, at 02:37
  • 13. Alison Jackson, (CAN) TEAM TIBCO – SILICON VALLEY BANK, at 03:10
  • 14. Kathrin Hammes, (GER) TREK – DROPS, at 03:11
  • 15. Sara Bergen, (CAN) RALLY CYCLING, at 03:11
  • 16. Grace Anderson, (NZL) TEAM ILLUMINATE, at 03:11
  • 17. Jasmin Duehring, (CAN) TWENTY20 P/B SHO – AIR, at 03:11
  • 18. Diana Carolina PeÑuela Martinez, (COL) UNITEDHEALTHCARE PRO CYCLING TEAM, at 03:16
  • 19. Alice Cobb, (GBR) TEAM TIBCO – SILICON VALLEY BANK, at 03:16
  • 20. Megan Guarnier, (USA) UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, at 03:19
  • 21. Ruth Winder, (USA) TEAM SUNWEB, at 03:19
  • 22. Lauren Hall, (USA) UNITEDHEALTHCARE PRO CYCLING TEAM, at 03:40
  • 23. Ingrid Drexel Clouthier, (MEX) TEAM TIBCO – SILICON VALLEY BANK, at 04:27
  • 24. Whitney Allison, (USA) HAGENS BERMAN / SUPERMINT, at 05:18
  • 25. Sofia Bertizzolo, (ITA) ASTANA WOMEN’S TEAM, at 05:26
  • 26. Margot Clyne, (USA) , at 05:48
  • 27. Anna Christian, (GBR) TREK – DROPS, at 06:30
  • 28. Allie Dragoo, (USA) TWENTY20 P/B SHO – AIR, at 07:10
  • 29. Jennifer Luebke, (USA) HAGENS BERMAN / SUPERMINT, at 07:24
  • 30. Shannon Malseed, (AUS) TEAM TIBCO – SILICON VALLEY BANK, at 07:51
  • 31. Alexis Ryan, (USA) CANYON // SRAM RACING, at 08:27
  • 32. Trixi Worrack, (GER) CANYON // SRAM RACING, at 08:27
  • 33. Jessica Cerra, (USA) HAGENS BERMAN / SUPERMINT, at 08:27
  • 34. Emma White, (USA) RALLY CYCLING, at 08:27
  • 35. Shoko Kashiki, (JPN) TEAM ILLUMINATE, at 09:18
  • 36. Mikayla Harvey, (NZL) TEAM ILLUMINATE, at 09:20
  • 37. Rebecca Beaumont, (CAN) TEAM ILLUMINATE, at 09:24
  • 38. Andrea RamÍrez Fregoso, (MEX) SWAPIT AGOLICO, at 09:24
  • 39. Grace Brown, (AUS) WIGGLE HIGH5, at 09:35
  • 40. Maria Jose Vargas Barrientos, (CRC) SWAPIT AGOLICO, at 09:43
  • 41. Brenda Andrea Santoyo Perez, (MEX) SWAPIT AGOLICO, at 10:13
  • 42. Arlenis Sierra, (CUB) ASTANA WOMEN’S TEAM, at 10:33
  • 43. Elizabeth Holden, (GBR) TREK – DROPS, at 10:44
  • 44. Hannah Payton, (GBR) TREK – DROPS, at 13:30
  • 45. Elizabeth Banks, (GBR) UNITEDHEALTHCARE PRO CYCLING TEAM, at 13:30
  • 46. Lauretta Hanson, (AUS) UNITEDHEALTHCARE PRO CYCLING TEAM, at 13:30
  • 47. Stephanie Roorda, (CAN) TWENTY20 P/B SHO – AIR, at 13:30
  • 48. Coryn Rivera, (USA) TEAM SUNWEB, at 13:30
  • 49. Jennifer Valente, (USA) TWENTY20 P/B SHO – AIR, at 13:30
  • 50. Lexie Millard, (USA) TEAM ILLUMINATE, at 13:30
  • 51. Maria Vittoria Sperotto, (ITA) BEPINK, at 13:30
  • 52. Liane Lippert, (GER) TEAM SUNWEB, at 13:30
  • 53. Mayra Del Rocio Rocha Guerrero, (MEX) MEXICO, at 13:30
  • 54. Julia Soek, (NED) TEAM SUNWEB, at 13:30
  • 55. Lily Williams, (USA) HAGENS BERMAN / SUPERMINT, at 13:30
  • 56. Yusseli Mendivil Soto, (MEX) MEXICO, at 13:58
  • 57. Lizbeth Yareli Salazar Vazquez, (MEX) SWAPIT AGOLICO, at 14:54
  • 58. Macey Stewart, (AUS) WIGGLE HIGH5, at 15:38
  • 59. Tanja Erath, (GER) CANYON // SRAM RACING, at 15:38
  • 60. Jennifer Wheeler, (USA) UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, at 15:38
  • 61. Katherine Maine, (CAN) RALLY CYCLING, at 15:38
  • 62. Starla Teddergreen, (USA) HAGENS BERMAN / SUPERMINT, at 16:05
  • 63. Liza Rachetto, (USA) HAGENS BERMAN / SUPERMINT, at 16:05
  • 64. Julie Leth, (DEN) WIGGLE HIGH5, at 16:15
  • 65. Pernille Mathiesen, (DEN) TEAM SUNWEB, at 16:15
  • 66. Kendall Ryan, (USA) TEAM TIBCO – SILICON VALLEY BANK, at 16:32
  • 67. Annette Edmondson, (AUS) WIGGLE HIGH5, at 16:32
  • 68. Manon Lloyd, (GBR) TREK – DROPS, at 16:32
  • 69. Skylar Schneider, (USA) UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, at 16:54
  • 70. Samantha Schneider, (USA) UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, at 16:54
  • 71. Katherine Compton, (USA) UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, at 18:11
  • 72. Tereza Medvedova, (SVK) BEPINK, at 19:09
  • 73. Erica Allar, (USA) , at 20:37
  • 74. Silvia Valsecchi, (ITA) BEPINK, at 21:54
  • 75. Leah Thorvilson, (USA) CANYON // SRAM RACING, at 25:47
  • 76. Paola Andrea MuÑoz Grandon, (CHI) SWAPIT AGOLICO, at 25:49
  • 77. Christa Riffel, (GER) CANYON // SRAM RACING, at 26:28
  • 78. Lisa Morzenti, (ITA) BEPINK, at 27:12
  • 79. Lucy Garner, (GBR) WIGGLE HIGH5, at 28:00
  • DNF Christina Birch, (USA) UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
  • DNF Rachele Barbieri, (ITA) WIGGLE HIGH5
  • DNF Elizabeth Caldwell, (USA) TEAM ILLUMINATE
  • DNF Jesica Bonilla Escapite, (MEX) MEXICO
  • DNF Mitca Betsabee Salomon Valenzuela, (MEX) MEXICO

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