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Aviva Women's Tour: Moolman-Pasio top finisher on stage 2

Aviva Women's Tour: Moolman-Pasio top finisher on stage 2

Aviva Women’s Tour: Moolman-Pasio top finisher on stage 2

The second stage of the Aviva Women’s Tour was the longest of the race at 140,6 kilometres. The race had some aggressive riding but the decisive move of the day didn’t come until the second Queen of the mountain classification as Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio explains below. The South Africa was the team’s top finisher in 16th place.

“Today was harder than expected, I think for everyone. Obviously on the profile we saw some ups and downs but the climbs were pretty steep. It stayed together most of the until the last GPM which came at 116 kilometres and that made the difference. A group of 25 went away, I was in it and unfortunately we didn’t have Lotta [Lepistö] in it but we’re in a good position still overall. There was a lot of rain, it was like riding through rivers at some stage so going into the sprint after the crash yesterday I decided to not take any risks and just take it easy,” she explained.

UCI personel checks Cervélo-Bigla Cycling Team bikes for electronic motors before the Aviva Women's Tour 2016 - Stage 2. A 140.8 km road race from Atherstone to Stratford upon Avon, UK on June 16th 2016.

UCI personal checks bikes for electronic motors before the Aviva Women's Tour 2016 - Stage 2. A 140.8 km road race from Atherstone to Stratford upon Avon, UK on June 16th 2016.

Stephanie Pohl chats with Thomas Campana ahead of the start at Aviva Women's Tour 2016 - Stage 2. A 140.8 km road race from Atherstone to Stratford upon Avon, UK on June 16th 2016.

Stephanie Pohl chats with Thomas Campana ahead of the start at Aviva Women's Tour 2016 - Stage 2. A 140.8 km road race from Atherstone to Stratford upon Avon, UK on June 16th 2016.

Lotta Lepistö (FIN) of Cervélo-Bigla Cycling Team poses with their new mascot before the start of the Aviva Women's Tour 2016 - Stage 2. A 140.8 km road race from Atherstone to Stratford upon Avon, UK on June 16th 2016.

Lotta Lepistö poses with their new mascot before the start of the Aviva Women's Tour 2016 - Stage 2. A 140.8 km road race from Atherstone to Stratford upon Avon, UK on June 16th 2016.

Lisa Klein makes her way from sign in at Aviva Women's Tour 2016 - Stage 2. A 140.8 km road race from Atherstone to Stratford upon Avon, UK on June 16th 2016.

Lisa Klein makes her way from sign in at Aviva Women's Tour 2016 - Stage 2. A 140.8 km road race from Atherstone to Stratford upon Avon, UK on June 16th 2016.

The peloton rides in one of the many rain showers  during the Aviva Women's Tour 2016 - Stage 2. A 140.8 km road race from Atherstone to Stratford upon Avon, UK on June 16th 2016.

The peloton rides in one of the many rain showers during the Aviva Women's Tour 2016 - Stage 2. A 140.8 km road race from Atherstone to Stratford upon Avon, UK on June 16th 2016.

Ashleigh Moolmann-Pasio (RSA) of Cervélo-Bigla Cycling Team, Alena Amialiusik (BLR) of CANYON//SRAM Racing and Katie Hall (USA) of UnitedHealthcare Cycling Team lead the peloton up to the first QOM line during the Aviva Women's Tour 2016 - Stage 2. A 140.8 km road race from Atherstone to Stratford upon Avon, UK on June 16th 2016.

Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio, Alena Amialiusik (BLR) of CANYON//SRAM Racing and Katie Hall (USA) of UnitedHealthcare Cycling Team lead the peloton up to the first QOM line during the Aviva Women's Tour 2016 - Stage 2. A 140.8 km road race from Atherstone to Stratford upon Avon, UK on June 16th 2016.

Lotta Lepistö (FIN) of Cervélo-Bigla Cycling Team (middle) rides up the first QOM climb during the Aviva Women's Tour 2016 - Stage 2. A 140.8 km road race from Atherstone to Stratford upon Avon, UK on June 16th 2016.

Lotta Lepistö (middle) rides up the first QOM climb during the Aviva Women's Tour 2016 - Stage 2. A 140.8 km road race from Atherstone to Stratford upon Avon, UK on June 16th 2016.

Ashleigh Moolmann-Pasio (RSA) of Cervélo-Bigla Cycling Team rides through flooded road section during the Aviva Women's Tour 2016 - Stage 2. A 140.8 km road race from Atherstone to Stratford upon Avon, UK on June 16th 2016.

Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio rides through flooded road section during the Aviva Women's Tour 2016 - Stage 2. A 140.8 km road race from Atherstone to Stratford upon Avon, UK on June 16th 2016.

Hard day for Lotta Lepistö (Cervélo Bigla) and the rest of the peloton at Aviva Women's Tour 2016 - Stage 2. A 140.8 km road race from Atherstone to Stratford upon Avon, UK on June 16th 2016.

Hard day for Lotta Lepistö (Cervélo Bigla) and the rest of the peloton at Aviva Women's Tour 2016 - Stage 2. A 140.8 km road race from Atherstone to Stratford upon Avon, UK on June 16th 2016.

Clara Koppenburg (Cervélo Bigla) at Aviva Women's Tour 2016 - Stage 2. A 140.8 km road race from Atherstone to Stratford upon Avon, UK on June 16th 2016.

Clara Koppenburg (Cervélo Bigla) at Aviva Women's Tour 2016 - Stage 2. A 140.8 km road race from Atherstone to Stratford upon Avon, UK on June 16th 2016.

Stephanie Pohl (Cervélo Bigla) seemed to enjoy the conditions at Aviva Women's Tour 2016 - Stage 2. A 140.8 km road race from Atherstone to Stratford upon Avon, UK on June 16th 2016.

Stephanie Pohl (Cervélo Bigla) seemed to enjoy the conditions at Aviva Women's Tour 2016 - Stage 2. A 140.8 km road race from Atherstone to Stratford upon Avon, UK on June 16th 2016.