Alison Jackson Wins Tour of Scotland Stage 2
Alison Jackson (CAN) sprinted to victory at the inaugural Tour of Scotland. After yesterday’s stage was canceled because of torrential rain and wind [read race report here], the sun was out today, and Jackson’s win means she is the first to put on the leader’s jersey at the Tour of Scotland.
Brodie Chapman (AUS) attacked out of the breakaway group and stayed away for over 50 kilometers, only being brought back into the field with less than 10 kilometers to go. The brave move secured Brodie the race’s “Most Combative” award for the day.
“It was all just heart and desire and wanting to win for the team today,” said Alison Jackson in her interview with Vox Women after the race, noting that today is teammate Kendall Ryan’s birthday. “Brodie was off the front for a lot of kilometers today, which gave me time to think about how I could win the sprint if it came back together…My biggest thanks to the team for doing all that they did today - making the race hard and active and empowering me to do my thing. It’s exciting to have the leader’s jersey at the first Tour of Scotland.”
The second stage started in Glasgow and finished in Perth, featuring three intermediate sprints and one categorized climb early in the race.
“As expected, the bunch split on the first climb, and a lead group of 8 (which later became 9) formed with Brodie, four Bigla riders, 2 Norway National Team riders and riders from Drops and Rally,” noted Rachel Hedderman, Head Sports Director for Team TIBCO - Silicon Valley Bank.
“Bigla was driving the pace, and we didn’t like those odds stacked against Brodie, so we joined the efforts in the bunch to ensure the gap didn’t get too big. When the gap got down to around 30 seconds, Brodie attacked and stayed away solo, building up as big a gap as 1:45 before finally being brought back inside 10km to go. Shannon and Rozanne did a great job in the bunch covering any counter moves, allowing Alison to relax and prepare for the sprint, which she finished in the best possible way.”
The final stage starts in Holyrood Park in Edinburgh and heads deep into the Scottish countryside, with several uncategorized climbs and wide open roads susceptible to heavy winds to challenge the riders. The race will finish back in Holyrood Park, where festival attendees will be lining the streets for the 3-lap finishing circuit before the final sprint. More route details.