Arnaud Demare wins stage, Thomas De Gendt keeps yellow
Jun 05 2017 10:45 pm CET

Arnaud Demare wins stage, Thomas De Gendt keeps yellow

Arnaud Demare has won the second stage at the Criterium du Dauphine. The rider of FDJ crossed the finish line first in the bunch sprint, ahead of Alexander Kristoff and Nacer Bouhanni.

The second stage of the French race took place between Saint-Chamond and Arlanc over a route of 171 kilometers. It was a hilly course with one climb of the fourth category, one of the second and two of the third.

The breakaway of the day was formed in the first kilometer when Koen Bouwman (LottoNL-Jumbo), Mickael Delage (FDJ), Nathan Brown (Cannondale-Drapac) and Romain Combaud (Delko Marseille Provence KTM) managed to get away from the peloton.

A few kilometers later, Delage was dropped from the front group and soon caught by the peloton, and the remaining trio managed to get a gap of over three minutes with the bunch.

During the climb of the col de Bracuchet, Bouwman tried to drop the other two, but was soon reeled back in by his companions. Astana's Alexei Lutsenko was more succesful at escaping the peloton and was able to bridge to the front group, joining the leading trio for some kilometers.

With 31 kilometers to go, Lutsenko increased the pace of the escapees and nobody could keep up, which left the rider alone in the front and followed by a peloton led by Dimension Data and Bahrain-Merida.

Lutsenko was finally caught at 3 kilometers from the finish line and teams like Katusha and Dimension Data set a higher pace to prepare for the final sprint. At the end FDJ's Arnaud Demare crossed the finish line in first place and was followed by Alexander Kristoff (Katusha), Nacer Bouhanni (Cofidis), Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrein-Merida) and Phil Bauhaus (Sunweb).

Lotto-Soudal's Thomas De Gendt keeps the yellow jersey for another stage.
Photo of Arnaud Demare (cropped) by Equipe Cycliste FDJ





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