Critérium du Dauphiné; Stage 2 for Viviani


Critérium du Dauphiné stage 2 and Viviani takes his first win of the year while David Veilleux keeps the yellow jersey

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Gianni Meersman was expected to be the winner in Oyonnax but he came second for the second day in a row as Elia Viviani overcame the hills in the last 60 kilometres of stage 2 and finished the job off with stage victory.



Photo: ©ASO/G. Demouveaux

The sprinter from Cannondale used the condition he built at the Giro d’Italia for taking his first victory of the 2013 season and thanks to the good job of Europcar, David Veilleux kept the yellow jersey.

It was a slightly downhill start from Châtel towards the Leman Lake, so it was difficult for any of the 175 starters to break away from the fast peloton who covered almost fifty kilometres in the first hour of racing.

Rudy Molard (COF), Thomas Damuseau (ARG) and Arnaud Gérard (BSE) found the way to escape at km 22. They fought hard for twenty kilometers to stay away from the bunch as many counter attacks were launched, but only one rider made it across: José Mendes (TNE).

The Portuguese climber rejoined the leading trio at km 50. The Europcar team of race leader David Veilleux logically took control of the pack and maintained the deficit under five minutes. The maximum time gap was 4.55 at km 104. It decreased in the hills located in the last fifty kilometers of racing.

The Omega Pharma-Quick Step team took over from Europcar at the head of the peloton in the côte de Communal with 40km to go, as green jersey wearer Gianni Meersman was ambitious for the stage victory after missing out on day 1. At 30km before reaching Oyonnax, Molard attacked from the leading quartet and courageously stayed away until 15km to go.


Chris Froome and Ian Stannard. ©ASO/G. Demouveaux

Cofidis kept the momentum going as Rein Taaramäe succeeded his team-mate alone in the lead when he attacked towards the top of the second category col du Sentier with 13km to go. He continued his effort on the downhill but couldn’t resist to the charge of the Omega Pharma-Quick Step team. With 3km to go, it was all together again for a bunch sprint against the wind. Cannondale entered in action with Kristjan Koren and Maciej Bodnar, as Elia Viviani had survived the climbs.

As a pure sprinter developed on the track by racing the omnium, the Italian claimed his first victory of the year while David Veilleux kept the overall lead.

David Veilleux (race leader) said afterwards “This day in yellow has gone very well”, the Canadian explained. “My team-mates have done an exceptional job. I owe them a lot. We never panicked. We always kept the race under control behind the four breakaway riders.”


Race leader David Veilleux ©ASO/G. Demouveaux

“Thomas Voeckler rode for me because he knows our dedication to him on other occasions. If we’re able to do the same again tomorrow, I may be able to keep the jersey for the time trial. Then I’ll do my best against the clock but against riders like Chris Froome or Tony Martin, two minutes are not much over 30 kilometres.”

Stage winner Elia Viviani said after winning in Oyonnax: “This is my first victory this year and I’m delighted. I came out of the Giro in good condition after coming second to Mark Cavendish on two occasions. That’s why I was more able than [Nacer] Bouhanni and [Thor] Hushovd to stay in the bunch on the climbs today.”

“My team-mates Maciej Bodnar and Kristjan Koren led me up behind the boy from Cofidis [Rein Taaramäe]. I was in perfect position for sprinting. My intention is to ride the Dauphiné until stage 6 in Grenoble.”

“After that, it’ll be time to stop. I’m not going to do the Tour de France. Our sprinter there will be Peter Sagan. I’ve already done a lot since the beginning of the season. It’ll be necessary to take a rest soon and I won’t be racing again until August.”

1 VIVIANI Elia Cannondale Pro Cycling Team 04:39:15
2 MEERSMAN Gianni Omega Pharma – Quick-Step @ st
3 GALLOPIN Tony RadioShack – Leopard @ st
4 JANSE VAN RENSBURG Reinardt Team Argos – Shimano @ st
5 GESLIN Anthony Equipe Cycliste FDJ @ st
6 FONSECA Armindo Bretagne- Séché Environnement @ st
7 TANKINK Bram Blanco Pro Cycling Team @ st
8 BARGUIL Warren Team Argos – Shimano @ st
9 FLECHA Juan Antonio Vacansoleil – DCM @ st
10 SULZBERGER Wesley Orica GreenEDGE @ st
11 THOMAS Geraint Sky Procycling @ st
12 MORENO FERNANDéZ Daniel Katusha Team @ st
13 VALVERDE BELMONTE Alejandro Movistar Team @ st
14 VOSS Paul Team NetApp – Endura @ st
15 MATE MARDONES Luis Angel Cofidis Solutions Crédits @ st
16 ROHREGGER Thomas RadioShack – Leopard @ st
17 KENNAUGH Peter Sky Procycling @ st
18 NERZ Dominik BMC Racing Team @ st
19 FUGLSANG Jakob Astana Pro Team @ st
20 BODNAR Maciej Cannondale Pro Cycling Team @ st
21 CHERNETSKIY Sergey Katusha Team @ st
22 LE MEVEL Christophe Cofidis Solutions Crédits @ st
23 FROOME Christopher Sky Procycling @ st
24 LAENGEN Vegard Stake Bretagne- Séché Environnement @ st
25 VAN DEN BROECK Jurgen Lotto Belisol Team @ st
26 MADRAZO RUIZ Angel Movistar Team @ st
27 PORTE Richie Sky Procycling @ st
28 CHAVANEL Sylvain Omega Pharma – Quick-Step @ st
29 BONO Matteo Lampre – Merida @ st
30 HERRADA LOPEZ Jose Movistar Team @ st
31 BOASSON HAGEN Edvald Sky Procycling @ st
32 BAGOT Yoann Cofidis Solutions Crédits @ st
33 CLEMENT Stef Blanco Pro Cycling Team @ st
34 CONTADOR VELASCO Alberto Team Saxo-Tinkoff @ st
35 CLARKE Simon Orica GreenEDGE @ st
36 HERMANS Ben RadioShack – Leopard @ st
37 SEELDRAEYERS Kevin Astana Pro Team @ st
38 SANCHEZ GONZALEZ Samuel Euskaltel – Euskadi @ st
39 ELISSONDE Kenny Equipe Cycliste FDJ @ st
40 MARTINEZ DE ESTEBAN Egoi Euskaltel – Euskadi @ st
41 GRIVKO Andriy Astana Pro Team @ st
42 ZUBELDIA AGIRRE Haimar RadioShack – Leopard @ st
43 RODRIGUEZ OLIVER Joaquim Katusha Team @ st
44 NAVARRO GARCIA Daniel Cofidis Solutions Crédits @ st
45 KONIG Leopold Team NetApp – Endura @ st
46 SANTAROMITA Ivan BMC Racing Team @ st
47 TAARAMäE Rein Cofidis Solutions Crédits @ st
48 DE CLERCQ Bart Lotto Belisol Team @ st
49 NIEVE ITURALDE Mikel Euskaltel – Euskadi @ st
50 ROGERS Michael Team Saxo-Tinkoff @ st
51 LOSADA ALGUACIL Alberto Katusha Team @ st
52 KWIATKOWSKI Michal Omega Pharma – Quick-Step @ st
53 TEN DAM Laurens Blanco Pro Cycling Team @ st
54 COPPEL Jérome Cofidis Solutions Crédits @ st
55 CUNEGO Damiano Lampre – Merida @ st
56 GENIEZ Alexandre Equipe Cycliste FDJ @ st
57 GAVAZZI Francesco Astana Pro Team @ st
58 CAPECCHI Eros Movistar Team @ st
59 SILIN Egor Astana Pro Team @ st
60 KOREN Kristjan Cannondale Pro Cycling Team @ st
61 GAUTIER Cyril Team Europcar @ st
62 VEILLEUX David Team Europcar @ st
63 DENNIS Rohan Garmin – Sharp @ st
64 GUILLOU Florian Bretagne- Séché Environnement @ st
65 BUSCHE Matthew RadioShack – Leopard @ st
66 LOPEZ GARCIA David Sky Procycling @ st
67 SARMIENTO TUNARROSA Jose Cayetano Cannondale Pro Cycling Team @ st
68 MOREIRA PAULINHO Sergio Miguel Team Saxo-Tinkoff @ st
69 HOOGERLAND Johnny Vacansoleil – DCM @ st
70 SORENSEN Chris Anker Team Saxo-Tinkoff @ st
71 IZAGIRRE INSAUSTI Gorka Euskaltel – Euskadi @ st
72 ROLLAND Pierre Team Europcar @ st
73 FEDRIGO Pierrick Equipe Cycliste FDJ @ st
74 HERNáNDEZ BLAZQUEZ Jesús Team Saxo-Tinkoff @ st
75 VOECKLER Thomas Team Europcar @ st
76 IRIZAR ARANBURU Markel RadioShack – Leopard 02:07
77 DE LA CRUZ MELGAREJO David Team NetApp – Endura @ st
78 SLAGTER Tom-Jelte Blanco Pro Cycling Team @ st
79 HUZARSKI Bartosz Team NetApp – Endura @ st
80 TEKLEHAIMANOT Daniel Orica GreenEDGE @ st
81 MATTHEWS Michael Orica GreenEDGE @ st
82 ASTARLOZA CHAURREAU Mikel Euskaltel – Euskadi @ st
83 MOLARD Rudy Cofidis Solutions Crédits @ st
84 VACHON Florian Bretagne- Séché Environnement @ st
85 POELS Wout Vacansoleil – DCM @ st
86 BOUHANNI Nacer Equipe Cycliste FDJ @ st
87 DIDIER Laurent RadioShack – Leopard @ st
88 SøRENSEN Nicki Team Saxo-Tinkoff @ st
89 CASTROVIEJO Jonathan Movistar Team @ st
90 SEPúLVEDA Eduardo Bretagne- Séché Environnement @ st
91 WELLENS Tim Lotto Belisol Team 02:25
92 SERRY Pieter Omega Pharma – Quick-Step 02:50
93 PINOTTI Marco BMC Racing Team @ st
94 DURET Sebastien Bretagne- Séché Environnement @ st
95 GERRANS Simon Orica GreenEDGE @ st
96 TANNER David Blanco Pro Cycling Team @ st
97 LUTSENKO Aleksey Astana Pro Team @ st
98 DURASEK Kristijan Lampre – Merida @ st
99 QUINZIATO Manuel BMC Racing Team 03:38
100 VANDEWALLE Jurgen Lotto Belisol Team @ st
101 ERVITI OLLO Imanol Movistar Team @ st
102 LADAGNOUS Matthieu Equipe Cycliste FDJ @ st
103 FLORENCIO Xavier Katusha Team @ st
104 STANNARD Ian Sky Procycling @ st
105 FAVILLI Elia Lampre – Merida @ st
106 FAIRLY Caleb Garmin – Sharp @ st
107 PARISIEN Francois Team Argos – Shimano 05:15
108 VANDBORG Brian Cannondale Pro Cycling Team @ st
109 VELITS Martin Omega Pharma – Quick-Step 05:37
110 MAES Nikolas Omega Pharma – Quick-Step @ st
111 DAMUSEAU Thomas Team Argos – Shimano 06:13
112 GARATE Juan Manuel Blanco Pro Cycling Team @ st
113 BOOKWALTER Brent BMC Racing Team @ st
114 BARTA Jan Team NetApp – Endura @ st
115 RATHE Jacob Garmin – Sharp @ st
116 SERPA PEREZ Jose Rodolfo Lampre – Merida @ st
117 MURAVYEV Dmitriy Astana Pro Team @ st
118 BAZAYEV Assan Astana Pro Team @ st
119 MEYER Travis Orica GreenEDGE @ st
120 KREDER Michel Garmin – Sharp @ st
121 DE GENDT Thomas Vacansoleil – DCM 06:29
122 RABON Frantisek Omega Pharma – Quick-Step 06:31
123 MARTIN Tony Omega Pharma – Quick-Step @ st
124 KING Benjamin RadioShack – Leopard @ st
125 LAGUTIN Sergey Vacansoleil – DCM @ st
126 HOWES Alex Garmin – Sharp @ st
127 SZMYD Sylwester Movistar Team @ st
128 PATERSKI Maciej Cannondale Pro Cycling Team @ st
129 BEPPU Fumiyuki Orica GreenEDGE @ st
130 GERARD Arnaud Bretagne- Séché Environnement @ st
131 IGNATYEV Mikhail Katusha Team @ st
132 GOOS Marc Blanco Pro Cycling Team @ st
133 BIDEAU Jean Marc Bretagne- Séché Environnement @ st
134 PIMENTA COSTA MENDES José Joao Team NetApp – Endura @ st
135 IGNATENKO Petr Katusha Team @ st
136 BERHANE Natnael Team Europcar @ st
137 BAUER Jack Garmin – Sharp 06:37
138 CORDEEL Sander Lotto Belisol Team @ st
139 TERUEL ROVIRA Eloy Movistar Team 08:10
140 ARNDT Nikias Team Argos – Shimano @ st
141 PALINI Andrea Lampre – Merida @ st
142 CANUTI Federico Cannondale Pro Cycling Team 09:05
143 TALANSKY Andrew Garmin – Sharp @ st
144 CHARTEAU Anthony Team Europcar @ st
145 SOUPE Geoffrey Equipe Cycliste FDJ 10:14
146 VALENTIN Tristan Cofidis Solutions Crédits @ st
147 DE MARCHI Alessandro Cannondale Pro Cycling Team @ st
148 KRITSKIY Timofey Katusha Team @ st
149 SICARD Romain Euskaltel – Euskadi @ st
150 BILBAO LOPEZ DE ARMIENTA Pello Euskaltel – Euskadi @ st
151 CLARKE William Team Argos – Shimano 11:12
152 WETTERHALL Alexander Team NetApp – Endura 11:41
153 WAGNER Robert Blanco Pro Cycling Team @ st
154 HUSHOVD Thor BMC Racing Team @ st
155 GARCIA AMBROA Ricardo Euskaltel – Euskadi @ st
156 BILLE Gaetan Lotto Belisol Team @ st
157 HUGUET Yann Team Argos – Shimano @ st
158 LINDEMAN Bert-Jan Vacansoleil – DCM @ st
159 FERNANDEZ DE LARREA Koldo Garmin – Sharp @ st
160 WESTRA Lieuwe Vacansoleil – DCM @ st
161 BOECKMANS Kris Vacansoleil – DCM @ st
162 EIJSSEN Yannick BMC Racing Team @ st
163 GRAZIATO Massimo Lampre – Merida @ st
164 ARIEL RICHEZE Maximiliano Lampre – Merida @ st
165 VANENDERT Dennis Lotto Belisol Team @ st
166 SCHILLINGER Andreas Team NetApp – Endura @ st
167 GONZALEZ NOVAL Benjamin Team Saxo-Tinkoff @ st
168 DUGGAN Timothy Team Saxo-Tinkoff @ st
169 REZA Kevin Team Europcar @ st
170 QUEMENEUR Perrig Team Europcar @ st
171 KIRYIENKA Vasil Sky Procycling @ st
172 VICHOT Arthur Equipe Cycliste FDJ @ st
173 DOCKER Mitchell Orica GreenEDGE 14:21
174 WARBASSE Lawrence BMC Racing Team 15:52


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