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The Parc des Oiseaux nested the long awaited victory at World Tour level that Nacer Bouhanni hoped to deliver for Cofidis. The Frenchman’s impressive jump came out of MTN-Qhubeka’s impeccable lead out train for Edvald Boasson Hagen. However, the sprinters didn’t collect enough time bonus to dethrone race leader Peter Kennaugh ahead of the team time trial.
166 riders started stage 2 of the 67th Critérium du Dauphiné at Le Bourget-du-Lac. Arnaud Courteille (FDJ) was the first attacker, followed by Perrig Quémeneur (Europcar) and polka dot jersey holder Daniel Teklehaimanot (MTN-Qhubeka). The race begun with the ascent to col du Chat where the Eritrean consolidated his lead in the King of the Mountains competition. The breakaway trio got a maximum advantage of 6.50 at km 57.
Maté, Oliveira, Fairly, the chasing trio
Cofidis and Lampre-Merida came in help to Team Sky at the helm of the peloton as the race neared the main difficulty of the day, the 1st category col de Cuvéry where Teklehaimanot secured his polka dot jersey for at least one more day and probably more as stage 3 is a team time trial. The peloton led mostly by Luis Maté (Cofidis), Nelson Oliveira (Lampre-Merida) and Caleb Fairly (Giant-Alpecin) calculated the difference in order to not catch Courteille, Quémeneur and Teklehaimanot too early.
Dumoulin deprives Modolo of the yellow jersey
It was all together with 3.5km to go. Courteille, Quémeneur and Teklehaimanot had been at the front for 170km. The bunch sprint finish was inevitable this time around with a flat finish and some side wind that caused a crash involving Wilco Kelderman (LottoNL-Jumbo). Nacer Bouhanni (Cofidis) opened it with 200 metres to go and easily claimed his first ever stage victory at the Dauphiné. As Samuel Dumoulin (AG2R-La Mondiale) sprinted to second place to score a 1-2 for France, he deprived third placed Sacha Modolo (Lampre-Merida) of the time bonus that would have awarded him the yellow jersey. Therefore Peter Kennaugh (Team Sky) remains in the lead.
Stage 2 Results
FRA 1 BOUHANNI, Nacer (COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS) 4:23:46
FRA 2 DUMOULIN, Samuel (AG2R LA MONDIALE)
ITA 3 MODOLO, Sacha (LAMPRE – MERIDA)
NOR 4 BOASSON HAGEN, Edvald (MTN – QHUBEKA)
RUS 5 TCATEVICH, Aleksei (KATUSHA)
BEL 6 VANGENECHTEN, Jonas (IAM CYCLING)
BEL 7 KEUKELEIRE, Jens (ORICA GreenEDGE)
LTU 8 NAVARDAUSKAS, Ramunas (CANNONDALE – GARMIN)
FRA 9 MARTINEZ, Yannick (EUROPCAR)
SLO 10 MEZGEC, Luka (GIANT – ALPECIN)
FRA 11 DELAGE, Mickael (FDJ)
JPN 12 BEPPU, Fumiyuki (TREK FACTORY RACING)
BEL 13 BENOOT, Tiesj (LOTTO SOUDAL)
NED 14 VAN WINDEN, Dennis (LOTTO NL – JUMBO)
FRA 15 ALAPHILIPPE, Julian (ETIXX – QUICK STEP)
AUS 16 MCCARTHY, Jay (TINKOFF – SAXO)
GER 17 VOSS, Paul (BORA-ARGON 18)
ESP 18 REYNES MIMO, Vicente (IAM CYCLING)
POR 19 PIMENTA COSTA MENDES, José Joao (BORA-ARGON 18)
AUS 20 HAAS, Nathan (CANNONDALE – GARMIN)
General Classification after Stage 2
GBR 1 KENNAUGH, Peter (SKY) 7:30:27
ITA 2 MODOLO, Sacha (LAMPRE – MERIDA) + 2
FRA 3 BOUHANNI, Nacer (COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS)
FRA 4 DUMOULIN, Samuel (AG2R LA MONDIALE) + 6
NOR 5 BOASSON HAGEN, Edvald (MTN – QHUBEKA) + 8
BEL 6 BENOOT, Tiesj (LOTTO SOUDAL) + 12
FRA 7 MARTINEZ, Yannick (EUROPCAR)
AUS 8 MCCARTHY, Jay (TINKOFF – SAXO)
LTU 9 NAVARDAUSKAS, Ramunas (CANNONDALE – GARMIN)
FRA 10 ALAPHILIPPE, Julian (ETIXX – QUICK STEP)
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