Tour de l’Ain Stage 2 – Meersman Wins


Cav leads out Gianni Meersman who won his second race in the Tour de l’Ain, winning the bunch kick on Stage 2 on Thursday – dedicates win to Zdenek Stybar

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Tour de l’Ain Stage 2 – Meersman Wins

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Omega Pharma – Quick-Step Press Release
The race came back together with 3km to go, as one rider out of the original breakaway remained ahead by just a few seconds going into that point. OPQS dominated control going into the sprint, and was able to place Meersman for the victory and also place Julian Alaphilippe in 4th place. Romain Feillu (Bretagne-Séché Environnement) was 2nd, and Leonardo Duque (Colombia) was 3rd.


Photo: James Startt

Meersman has held on to the yellow leader’s jersey for all three days so far at the race, having also won the prologue for the second straight year. OPQS started off Tour de l’Ain strong, earning 1st-through-4th at the prologue. This placed all four riders in the top 4 of the overall classification as well. They remain in the top four of the GC after the second stage.

OPQS looks next to 142.8km Stage 3, from Lagnieu to Lelex-Mont Jura, on Friday. “The guys did it perfectly today,” Meersman said. “At one kilometre to go there was a corner on the right. Rigoberto Uran entered the corner full gas, and he kept the speed high. At 300 meters to go there was a left U-turn”.

“Cav entered it in first position with Alaphilippe and me on his wheel. When I came out from the corner I went all out for the sprint. I felt I had the right power in my legs and with the position I was in thanks to my teammates, it worked out exactly as we hoped. I want to share this victory with the entire team”.

“The leadout was perfect and it’s always special to have Mark Cavendish in front of you in a finale. But also guys like Pieter Serry and Carlos Verona, they did super well. Carlos, for example, pulled since the beginning of the race. It was really impressive”.

“Tomorrow we will see. The profile of the course is quite difficult but I will do my best to defend the jersey and if I can’t do it, I will help my teammates. That’s the great spirit of this team.”

Thoughts of Meersman were also with teammate Zdenek Stybar, who suffered a bad crash at Eneco Tour that forced him to withdraw from the race. “Immediately after the finish line they informed us about the crash of Styby,” Meersman said. “I wish him a fast recovery, he is a fighter. This victory is for him.”

1. Meersman Gianni, Omega Pharma – Quick-Step 3:40:17
2. Feillu Romain, Bretagne РS̩ch̩ Environnement
3. Duque Leonardo, Team Colombia
4. Alaphilippe Julian, Omega Pharma – Quick-Step

23. Cavendish Mark, Omega Pharma – Quick-Step
32. Craven Dan, Team Europcar

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