CyclingQuotes.com uses cookies for statistics and targeting ads. This information is shared with third parties.
ACCEPT COOKIES » MORE INFO »

Every day we bring you more pro-cycling news

In an uphill sprint from a reduced peloton, Gautier beat Rebellin and Taaramae to take his first victory of the season; Leukemans retained the overall lead at the halfway point of the race

Photo: Sirotti

BJÖRN LEUKEMANS

RIDER PROFILE
|
NEWS

CYRIL GAUTIER

RIDER PROFILE
|
NEWS

DAVIDE REBELLIN

RIDER PROFILE
|
NEWS

DIRECT ENERGIE

TEAM PROFILE
|
NEWS

REIN TAARAMAE

RIDER PROFILE
|
NEWS

TOUR DU LIMOUSIN

RACE PROFILE
|
NEWS

WANTY - GROUPE GOBERT

TEAM PROFILE
|
NEWS
20.08.2014 @ 16:56 Posted by Emil Axelgaard

Cyril Gautier (Europcar) finally took his first season victory when he won today’s second stage of the Tour du Limousin in an uphill sprint. After a hard day in undulating terrain, he beat Davide Rebellin (CCC) and Rein Taaramae (Cofidis) in the final dash to the line while Bjorn Leukemans (Wanty) finished 8th and retained the overall lead.

 

Being one of the most aggressive riders in the peloton, Cyril Gautier has been close to a victory on a number of occasions in 2014 but until today the victory had eluded the small Frenchman. Today he broke his drought when he used his great puncheur skills to win the hilly second stage of the Tour du Limousin.

 

After a fast and aggressive day of racing, it all came down to an uphill sprint on the short, steep rise to the finish. Here Gautier proved his sprinting skills by holding off Rebellin and Taaramae to take his first win since last year’s Tour du Finistere.

 

After the hilly opening stage, the second day offered another classic Tour du Limousin stage that brought the riders over 171.8km from Relissac to Grezes. It was up or down almost all day, with three categorized climbs along the way. The stage ended with a short, steep 200m climb to the finish, setting the scene for the puncheurs.

 

The riders took the start under beautiful sunny conditions but unlike yesterday, it didn’t take long for the early break to be established. Already after 5km of racing, Pierre-Henri Lecuisinier (FDJ.fr), Clement Saint-Martin (La Pomme), Jerome Pineau (IAM), Christophe Laborie (Bretagne), Matteo Rabottini (Neri Sottoli) and Johnny Hoogerland (Androni) got an advantage and the peloton was content with the situation.

 

The escapees were allowed to build a gap of 3.30 while Laborie beat Lecuisinier and Saint-Martin in the first intermediate sprint. However, Colombia and Caja Rural had missed the move and they started to chase, bringing the gap down to 1.10 after 40km of racing.

 

The escapees tried to respond and managed to reopen their advantage to 1.30. However, Colombia and Caja Rural refused to give up and when they had brought the gap down to just 50 seconds, they send Juan Pablo Valencia and Omar Fraile across together with Europcar’s Yukiya Arashiro.

 

The move was in vain though as Cofidis, Bardiani and CCC were intent on bringing it back together and after 60km of racing, the front group was caught. This opened the door for new attacks and after 10 minutes of aggressive racing, Axel Domont (Ag2r), Rudy Molard (Cofidis) and Perrig Quemeneur (Europcar) got a gap.

 

While Quemeneur scored maximum points on the first climb of the day, the trio started to build an advantage that reached a maximum of 4.30 before the peloton reacted. Molard won the second intermediate sprint while Wanty and Bardiani had started to chase.

 

They brought it down to 2.30 and while Domont won the final intermediate sprint, they kept the situation stable. On the second climb, Quemeneur again took maximum points but this was the signal for FDJ to kick into action.

 

The French team brought the gap down to 1.50 which opened the door for Rein Taaramae and Nicolas Edet (Cofidis) to try to bridge across. Edet was the first to give up and as Taaramae was a GC threat, he was brought back with 45km to go.

 

At this point, the gap was 1.00 but the peloton allowed it to grow back up to 2 minutes. While Quemeneur took maximum points on the final climb, FDJ went back to the front which caused the peloton to split to pieces.

 

The escapees fought hard to maintain an advantage of just under a minute but against the FDJ riders they had no chance. With 18km to go, the gap was 25 seconds and with 15km to go, it was back together.

 

The peloton was now riding very fast and this caused it two split into two groups. At the same time, it started to rain and Sylvain Chavanel (IAM) now saw his chance to give it a go.

 

Passing the 10km to go sign, Chavanel was 15 seconds ahead while Marco Frapporti (Androni) and Angelo Tulik (Europcar) set off in pursuit. An impressive Chavanel managed to build a 50-second advantage but with 3km to go, it was back together.

 

A reduced peloton approached the flamme rouge where Edoardo Zardini (Bardiani) and Kevin Reza (Europcar) launched an attack. Reza fell off the pace and with 700m to go, Zardini was still 10 seconds ahead.

 

However, the Italian faded on the climb to the finish and it all came down to an uphill sprint. Here Gautier emerged as the fastest, holding off Rebellin and Taaramae.

 

Bjorn Leukemans (Wanty) finished 8th and so defended his overall lead which he takes a 14-second advantage over Mauro Finetto (Neri Sottoli) into tomorrow’s third and penultimate stage. It’s another rolling affair with three categorized climbs and like today it ends with a short, steep uncategorized rise to the finish.

MORE NEWS:

VIEW SELECTED

Froome and Contador spearhead great field for the Dauphiné 27.05.2016 @ 00:29Caja Rural target victory in French classics 27.05.2016 @ 00:27Reactions from stage 1 of the Belgium Tour 26.05.2016 @ 23:53Reactions from stage 18 of the Giro d’Italia 26.05.2016 @ 23:06Giro d’Italia stage 19 preview 26.05.2016 @ 19:25Theuns opens his Trek account at the Belgium Tour 26.05.2016 @ 18:14Trentin confirms his class with big win at the Giro d’I... 26.05.2016 @ 17:34Lars Bak targets breakaway win in stage 18 26.05.2016 @ 15:32Orica hopeful that Yates verdict will arrive in coming... 26.05.2016 @ 13:00Degenkolb to replace Cancellara? 26.05.2016 @ 12:05Astana: Nibali's longer crank not to blame 26.05.2016 @ 11:16Haussler: IAM's closure is bad news for cycling 26.05.2016 @ 10:44Kruijswijk takes nothing for granted 26.05.2016 @ 10:17A torrent of questions arises as Nibali flounders in Giro 26.05.2016 @ 09:47Jungels has no plans to change 26.05.2016 @ 09:15Talks between Lampre-Merida and Bahrain project 26.05.2016 @ 07:40Reactions from the prologue of the Belgium Tour 25.05.2016 @ 23:54Frank prepares for the Tour de France at altitude 25.05.2016 @ 23:25Vuillermoz returns to racing after Amstel Gold Race crash 25.05.2016 @ 23:18Reactions from stage 17 of the Giro d’Italia 25.05.2016 @ 23:13Dumoulin and Degenkolb spearhead Giant-Alpecin long-lis... 25.05.2016 @ 20:25Giro d’Italia stage 18 preview 25.05.2016 @ 19:35Cyclo-cross rider Van Aert beats Martin in Belgian prol... 25.05.2016 @ 18:33Kluge denies the sprinters at the Giro d’Italia 25.05.2016 @ 17:30Haussler: The folding email was still a shock 25.05.2016 @ 13:50Dimension Data keen to sign riders to help Africans 25.05.2016 @ 13:43Trek-Segafredo close to Degenkolb? 25.05.2016 @ 13:36Sagan linked to Astana 25.05.2016 @ 13:29German talent returns to racing in Belgium 24.05.2016 @ 23:34Mezgec abandons the Giro d'Italia with broken scap... 24.05.2016 @ 23:32Reactions from stage 16 of the Giro d’Italia 24.05.2016 @ 23:25Benoot and Debusschere lead Lotto Soudal in home tour 24.05.2016 @ 20:05Baloise Belgium Tour preview 24.05.2016 @ 19:55IAM to focus on stage wins at the Tour of Belgium 24.05.2016 @ 19:13Martin targets record fourth win at the Tour of Belgium 24.05.2016 @ 19:09Giro d’Italia stage 17 preview 24.05.2016 @ 18:57Valverde takes maiden Giro stage win in exciting drama 24.05.2016 @ 17:42Gasparotto and Dehaes lead Wanty-Groupe Gobert in Belgium 24.05.2016 @ 15:50Vanendert: I hope to go for a stage win in the final week 24.05.2016 @ 14:35Esteban Chaves: I’m hungry for success 24.05.2016 @ 11:46Steven Kruijswijk: I will try to attack 24.05.2016 @ 11:34Giant-Alpecin target stage wins at the Tour of Belgium 23.05.2016 @ 18:35Thomas: The Giro or Vuelta would be a good goal for 2017 23.05.2016 @ 18:28Giro d’Italia stage 16 preview 23.05.2016 @ 18:15Greipel and Sieberg extend with Lotto Soudal 23.05.2016 @ 16:09IAM to fold at the end of the 2016 season 23.05.2016 @ 13:35Geraint Thomas signs new contract with Team Sky 23.05.2016 @ 11:56Reactions from the final stage of the Tour of California 23.05.2016 @ 01:47Reactions from GP de la Somme 23.05.2016 @ 01:38Reactions from the final stage of the Tour of Norway 23.05.2016 @ 01:14Reactions from stage 15 of the Giro d’Italia 23.05.2016 @ 00:11Cavendish and Alaphilippe share the spoils in California 22.05.2016 @ 23:40McLay beats Bouhanni in GP de la Somme 22.05.2016 @ 19:44Boasson Hagen and Weening share the spoils in Norway 22.05.2016 @ 18:56Foliforov delivers major surprise in Giro d’Italia moun... 22.05.2016 @ 18:09

Jack BECKINSALE
23 years | today
Abdelaziz BECHLAGHEM
25 years | today
Blaz FURDI
28 years | today
Hugo A Rus MARTÍNEZ
30 years | today
Kevin DE WEERT
34 years | today

© CyclingQuotes.com 2013