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2014 Tour Cycliste International du Haut Var Stage 2



                                                   

Amaël Moinard won the second and final stage of this year’s Tour du Haut Var today – beating Carlos Betancur in a sprint finish. However, his second place finish was enough for Colombian rider to hold onto his lead and claim the overall victory in this year’s race. 

How the Race Unfolded

Today’s race saw a breakaway group containing Thor Hushovd, Johan Le Bon, Jérôme Cousin, Romain Hardy, Rudy Molard, Florian Vachon and Floris Smeyers, get underway early on in the stage. 

With 50 kilometers remaining, under the impetus of the Ag2r team, the peloton slowly started to reel in the escapees. At that point, Hushovd decided to ride clear on his own – subsequently holding off the pursuit until the final climb of the day (Côte de Tuilières) – before finally being caught. 

Remy Di Gregorio and Fabio Duarte were the first two riders to go clear over the Côte de Tuilières. However, as the race came back together in the final kilometer, Betancur managed to make his way back into the bunch. 

When Moinard attacked under the "red kite", Betancur was quick to move into position and grab the French rider’s wheel.  From there, the two riders proceeded to open up a slight gap of 10 seconds over the peloton – with Moinard ultimately winning the sprint. 

In the meantime, Emilien Viennet won the sprint for third place ahead of Cadel Evans and Armindo Fonseca. 

Evans’ finish was enough to gain him 5th place in the overall GC –  just behind Fonseca. Meanwhile, Moinard took third overall behind the two Ag2r riders – Betancur and Dumoulin.

 

Top 25 Finishers 

1 Amaël Moinard (Fra) BMC Racing Team 5:23:30   2 Carlos Alberto Betancur Gomez (Col) AG2R La Mondiale  3 Emilien Viennet (Fra) FDJ.fr 0:00:10   4 Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team 0:00:12   5 Armindo Fonseca (Fra) Bretagne – Seche Environnement     6 Egoitz Garcia Echeguibel (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits     7 Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) Team Giant-Shimano     8 Andrey Amador Bakkazakova (CRc) Movistar Team     9 Mark Christian (GBr) Team Raleigh     10 Miguel Angel Rubiano Chavez (Col) Colombia     11 Michel Kreder (Ned) Wanty – Groupe Gobert     12 Jérôme Pineau (Fra) IAM Cycling     13 Salvatore Puccio (Ita) Team Sky     14 Mikael Cherel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale     15 Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale     16 Jarlinson Pantano (Col) Colombia     17 Alexis Vuillermoz (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale     18 Jimmy Turgis (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole     19 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) IAM Cycling     20 Cyril Gautier (Fra) Team Europcar     21 Nathan Earle (Aus) Team Sky     22 Jonathan Fumeaux (Swi) IAM Cycling     23 Sébastien Reichenbach (Swi) IAM Cycling     24 Stéphane Rossetto (Fra) BigMat – Auber 93     25 Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC Racing Team

Final general classification  

   

1 Carlos Alberto Betancur Gomez (Col) AG2R La Mondiale 9:05:30   2 Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:00:12   3 Amaël Moinard (Fra) BMC Racing Team 4 Armindo Fonseca (Fra) Bretagne – Seche Environnement 0:00:15   5 Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team  6 Mikael Cherel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  7 Cyril Gautier (Fra) Team Europcar  8 Emilien Viennet (Fra) FDJ.fr 0:00:16   9 Jérôme Pineau (Fra) IAM Cycling 0:00:18   10 Andrey Amador Bakkazakova (CRc) Movistar Team     11 Miguel Angel Rubiano Chavez (Col) Colombia  12 Nathan Earle (Aus) Team Sky  13 Sébastien Reichenbach (Swi) IAM Cycling  14 Jonathan Fumeaux (Swi) IAM Cycling  15 John Gadret (Fra) Movistar Team  16 Michel Kreder (Ned) Wanty – Groupe Gobert 0:00:21 17 Alexis Vuillermoz (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  18 Mark Christian (GBr) Team Raleigh     19 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) IAM Cycling     20 Jimmy Turgis (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole     21 Eduardo Sepulveda (Arg) Bretagne – Seche Environnement     22 Stéphane Rossetto (Fra) BigMat – Auber 93   23 Igor Anton Hernandez (Spa) Movistar Team  24 Matthieu Boulo (Fra) Team Raleigh   25 Egoitz Garcia Echeguibel (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 0:00:24


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