photo credit @ Tour de Limousin
Jesus Herrada (Movistar) claimed stage 2 of this year’s Tour de Limousin today, with a well-timed attack during the closing 300 meters to beat his closest rivals, Davide Rebellin (CCC) and Thomas Sprengers (Topsport Vlaanderen), by 10 seconds.
Today’s victory not only netted Herrada the stage victory, but also moved the Spanish rider into the overall race lead as well.
It was the usual fast start to today’s stage, with a Bretagne rider managing to escape first, only to be joined by both a Cofidis rider and Kevin Lebreton (Armee).
However, the trio only enjoyed a brief time out front, as they were eventually reeled back in after only 10 kilometers of racing.
Still, a defiant Lebreton refused to give up, as he joined forces with two other riders to try and breakaway once more.
But, isn’t wasn’t until Baptiste Planckaert (Roubaix), Marco Minnaard (Wanty) and Julien Duval (Armee), made their move, that a breakaway group would come to form at the 15 kilometer mark.
From there, it wasn’t long before the escapees amassed a sizable advantage of more than 4 minutes over an indecisive peloton – with Planckaert beating his companions in the first intermediate sprint.
However, as the breakaway’s advantage continued to grow, Bardiani decided to take control of the chase a the 30 kilometer mark.
Yet, as the race reached the 50 kilometer mark, the escapee’s lead had swelled to a substantial 6:40 over the peloton.
But, that would be the extent of their advantage, as their lead would fall by almost a minute, once the race reached the 62 kilometer mark.
With gap hovering around 5:30, Planckaert once again managed to beat out his breakaway companions during the second intermediate sprint, while Duval won the first KOM sprint.
Planckaert would later make a clean sweep of the bonus points by the time the race reached the 90 kilometer mark.
From there, the escapee’s advantage would continue to fall with each successive climb, to where Duval was eventually reclaimed by the peloton during the final 60 kilometers.
Indeed, with 30 kilometers to go, Planckaert and Minnaard’s lead was down to just 1.30. However, as they hit the bottom of the Cote de Chaleil, Planckaert dropped Minnaard who was caught by the peloton.
Still determined, Planckaert was the first rider to reach the summit, followed by Brice Feillu (Bretagne), Theo Vimpere (Auber 93) and Quentin Pacher (Armee), who were leading the chase. And, with 15 kilometers remaining, the Belgian rider was eventually caught.
From there, Ruben Fernandez (Movistar), Anthony Delaplace (Bretagne) and Luca Chirico (Bardiani) forged the first attack – with Delaplace quickly dropping his companions.
However, with 5 kilometers to go, what remained of the peloton was all back together, with Herrada ultimately launching his attack during the closing 300 meters to seize the victory.
Top 20 Finishers
1 Jesus Herrada (Esp) Movistar Team 4:50:03
2 Davide Rebellin (Ita) CCC Sprandi Polkowice 0:00:10
3 Thomas Sprengers (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen – Baloise
4 Maurits Lammertink (Ned) Roompot Oranje Peloton
5 Eduard Prades (Esp) Caja Rural – Seguros RGA
6 Ruben Fernandez (Esp) Movistar Team
7 Florian Vachon (Fra) Bretagne – Séché Environnement
8 Nicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
9 Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bardiani CSF
10 Andrea Pasqualon (Ita) Roth – Skoda
11 Maxime Vantomme (Bel) Roubaix RLM Lille Métropole
12 Quentin Pacher (Fra) E.C. Armée de Terre
13 Mauro Finetto (Ita) Southeast
14 Damiano Cunego (Ita) Nippo – Vini Fantini
15 Marc De Maar (Ned) Roompot Oranje Peloton
16 Rudy Molard (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
17 Mike Terpstra (Ned) Roompot Oranje Peloton
18 Floris De Tier (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen – Baloise
19 Théo Vimpere (Fra) Auber 100
20 Igor Anton (Esp) Movistar Team
General classification after stage 2
1 Jesus Herrada (Esp) Movistar Team 9:28:52
2 Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bardiani CSF 0:00:10
3 Guillaume Bonnafond (Fra) AG2R la Mondiale 0:00:12
4 Andrea Pasqualon (Ita) Roth – Skoda 0:00:14
5 Davide Rebellin (Ita) CCC Sprandi Polkowice
6 Nicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Crédits 0:00:15
7 Thomas Sprengers (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen – Baloise 0:00:16
8 Guillaume Levarlet (Fra) Auber 97
9 Eduard Prades (Esp) Caja Rural – Seguros RGA 0:00:20
10 Maurits Lammertink (Ned) Roompot Oranje Peloton
11 Steven Tronet (Fra) Auber 99
12 Michel Kreder (Ned) Roompot Oranje Peloton
13 Maxime Vantomme (Bel) Roubaix RLM Lille Métropole
14 Maciej Paterski (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice
15 Brice Feillu (Fra) Bretagne – Séché Environnement
16 Florian Vachon (Fra) Bretagne – Séché Environnement
17 Ruben Fernandez (Esp) Movistar Team
18 Rudy Molard (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
19 Damiano Cunego (Ita) Nippo – Vini Fantini
20 Marc De Maar (Ned) Roompot Oranje Peloton
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