Marianne Vos, the OVO Energy Women’s Tour’s inaugural champion, moved into the lead of the 2019 race after winning stage two at the Kent Cyclopark on Tuesday.

We spoke to the key players after the fast and furious stage to get their reaction as the OVO Energy Women’s Tour visited Kent for the first time.

Marianne Vos (CCC-Liv), stage winner

“I was quite surprised at the gap across the line. I saw an opening at 200 metres to go – I came from the back so I thought ‘Okay if I don’t go now, I will be late’. I knew the legs were going to burn so I just kept going. I saw no wheels coming so that was, of course, a great feeling.

“There was a lot of action, in the bunch you needed to get to the front all the time. I think from the side line it might have been a little sort of boring, one bunch going around, but in the group you were constantly trying to get to the front and then stay in the front.

“It was actually interesting for us to do such a thing and of course we have been looking into the parcours for the next couple of days but as I’ve said before, this race you just see day-by-day, you look day-by-day, you can’t look too far ahead, everything can happen every day. Like today, I had a flat tyre: if it was five seconds later, I would have been dropped and then the tour was over. I was quite lucky.”

Lizzie Deignan (Trek-Segafredo), second

“To be honest, we came to this race without a sprinter, so it was always going to be a challenge. When we saw the finish we thought it would suit a light sprinter like me. With the best lead-out I had the best chance. A lead-out like that deserves a win but second was the best I could do.

“I’m feeling really good, better and better actually. It was nice today to have some speed in the legs and good weather.”

Elena Cecchini (Canyon//SRAM Racing), fourth

“It was a very cool race. It was something different to yesterday’s stage – a shock to the system, too – but I think we all really enjoyed it. Attacking was never really planned, but I saw a good moment to go. I thought that it may not work but sometimes you just have to try. If you never try, you never win.”

Jolien D’hoore (Boels Dolmans Cycling Team), 60th

“It was so hectic and once you get in the back it’s hard to come back to the front. We sprinted from corner to corner and it was super-fast. It was just not an easy race. Just not my day I guess…”

Downloads and links

Click here for the stage two report | Click here for full stage two results