Arnaud Demare retained the overall lead as he claimed the second stage of the 2014 4 Days of Dunkirk.
Arnaud Demare (FDJ.fr) made it two out of two when he won his second consecutive stage at the 4 Jours de Dunkerque today. Demare beat Jonas Alhstrand (Giant-Shimano) into 2nd with Tom van Asbroeck (Topsport-Vlaanderen) taking 3rd place.
Once again the weather made sure it would not be a conventional day of racing which would normally see the day’s breakaway group reeled in just before the finish. The howling wind and pouring rain combined with 3 cobbled sectors ensured the peloton was battered and bruised to the point where only the strongest would survive. This was clearly the case as with 20 kilometers to go, only 40 riders were left at the front of the race.
Top 25 Finishers
1 Arnaud Demare (Fra) FDJ.fr 4:01:09 2 Jonas Ahlstrand (Swe) Team Giant-Shimano 3 Tom Van Asbroeck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise 4 Sascha Weber (Ger) Veranclassic – Doltcini 5 Pieter Jacobs (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise 6 Jan Ghyselinck (Bel) Wanty-Groupe Gobert 0:00:03 7 Alo Jakin (Est) BigMat – Auber 93 8 Sébastien Delfosse (Bel) Wallonie – Bruxelles 9 Steven Tronet (Fra) BigMat – Auber 93 10 Michael Valgren Andersen (Den) Tinkoff-Saxo 11 Gerald Ciolek (Ger) MTN – Qhubeka 12 Edwig Cammaerts (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 0:00:05 13 Florian Senechal (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 14 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) IAM Cycling 15 Yoann Offredo (Fra) FDJ.fr 16 Ralf Matzka (Ger) Team NetApp-Endura 17 Maxime Vantomme (Bel) Roubaix Lille Metropole 18 Sébastien Minard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 19 Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 20 José Goncalves (Por) Team La Pomme Marseille 13 21 Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 22 Yannick Martinez (Fra) Team Europcar 23 Jérôme Pineau (Fra) IAM Cycling 24 Frédéric Amorison (Bel) Wallonie – Bruxelles 25 Jonas Rickaert (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise
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