News

Joyce eighth on hilltop finish in Tour de Yorkshire

Idaho native moves into fifth on GC

Rally Cycling’s Colin Joyce finished eighth on stage two’s hilltop finish in Tour de Yorkshire on Friday. The 194 km stage from Barnsley to Inkley finished on the two-km Cote de Cow and Call climb with an average gradient of eight percent. With only 200 meters to go, Joyce was on Olympic champion Greg Van Avermaet’s wheel before succumbing to the pace. Joyce now sits in fifth place on the general classification against a world-class field with two stages remaining.

Saturday’s stage three will take the riders north to the town of Richmond, where the team will rally around Joyce and his bid for top stage honors.

Colin Joyce on stepping up a level 

“I’m really happy with today. I’ve been eying this stage for a while now and I gave it everything I had. I thought I still had a shot at 250 meters to go, but when they went at 150 meters to go…. it broke my heart.

“The team rode awesome today. They took care of me and helped out a ton in a difficult spot when we found ourselves on the back foot 15 km to go. We didn’t panic and they rode like rockstars getting us back on.

“The mood in the team is mixed. Definitely a bummer to lose Nigel and Elmo to sickness and injuries. But we are all staying positive and staying strong. We are continuing to fight, and that’s all we can ask for, so I’d say the overall mood is really good, minus some of the misfortune. We have continued to make bigger and bigger steps in the right direction against some of the best teams in the world.”

Stage 2 Results

1 Magnus Cort (Den) Astana Pro Team 3:25:34
2 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team
3 Eduard Prades Reverter (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias
4 Serge Pauwels (Bel) Dimension Data
5 Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Direct Energie 0:00:05
6 Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) Katusha-Alpecin
7 Michael Storer (Aus) Team Sunweb
8 Colin Joyce (USA) Rally Cycling  
9 Steff Cras (Bel) Katusha-Alpecin 0:00:11
10 Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC Racing Team

General Classification after Stage 2

1 Magnus Cort (Den) Astana Pro Team 7:33:41
2 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team 0:00:04
3 Eduard Prades Reverter (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias 0:00:06
4 Serge Pauwels (Bel) Dimension Data 0:00:10
5 Colin Joyce (USA) Rally Cycling 0:00:15  
6 Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) Katusha-Alpecin
7 Michael Storer (Aus) Team Sunweb
8 Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC Racing Team 0:00:21
9 Steff Cras (Bel) Katusha-Alpecin
10 Anthony Perez (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits