Katie Hall dominates stage 2 of 2018 Amgen Tour of California Women’s race
LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – With so much riding on today’s stage, Katie Hall knew the pressure was on, yet delivered in picture-perfect fashion on the 108-km queen stage at the Amgen Tour of California women’s race. With the UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling team’s help, Hall rocketed herself into the overall lead, besting Tayler Wiles (Trek Drops) by 25 seconds at the finish line in Heavenly Ski Resort.
“I just wanted to come out and race my bike and give it another good, hard try, and I feel good to come away with a 29 second gap today,” Hall said after the stage.
The day included the 7,740-foot summit of Luther Pass and the grueling HC climb up Kingsbury Grade, a monster of a climb at 8 miles in length, 2,600 feet elevation gain, and an average 6 percent grade.
UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling remained in control for almost the entire race, ensuring Hall was in the position to perform when it counted on the penultimate climb on Daggett Pass. It was there that Hall attacked with five kilometers to go, taking Wiles with her for a few kilometers before Hall’s speed cracked the Trek-Drops rider.
Photos: Jonathan Devich
After winning three overall titles stateside at the Joe Martin Stage Race, Tour of the Gila and Redlands Classic, Hall knew the confidence was there, however, having no European racing under her belt she was a little unsure how her form was coming into this race. Those doubts were quashed today on in the mountains around Lake Tahoe.
Tomorrow’s stage is a 70-kilometer circuit race in downtown Sacramento. Last year, the GC was so close that Hall lost her bid in the yellow jersey because of intermediate time bonuses. This year will be different.