Tour de l’Ain – Guillaume Martin la 2e étape et leader, Alaphilippe lâché

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disputed between Saint Vulbas and Lagnieu, the second stage this Wednesday gave rise to a first explanation between the favorites of the Ain Tower 2022. And at the end of the 143 kilometres, it is William Martin (Cofidis) who won. Starting before the red flame, the French climber resisted the return of a small group to raise his arms. the resident of Cofidis win two seconds before Mattias Skjelmose Jensen (Trek-Segafredo) and rudy molard (Grupama-FDJ). Logically he takes control of the general classification in one stage from the end of the event. The champion of the world – Julian Alaphilippe (Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team) – finished one minute behind the winner.

Video – The 2nd stage and the jersey for Guillaume Martin de Cofidis!

Four riders make up the break of the day!

After a first day reserved for sprinters, which saw the victory of jake stewart (Groupama-FDJ), the second stage offered more favorable terrain for the favorites of the Ain Tower 2022, with notably four promotions listed: the col of Doors (8.2 km at 5.8%), the col of the Trenches (6.1 km at 5.4%), the cSeillonnaz coast (5.9 km at 5.5%) and the col of Doors (8.2km at 6.7%). But before attending a possible explanation among the leaders, four riders formed the day’s breakaway. Aheadwe find like this Louis-Richard (Team U Nantes Atlantic), Tony Hurel (St Michel-Auber 93), jacob erikson (Riwal cycling team) and hannes wilksch (Germany).

The escape resumes, Jack Stewart creaks, Julian Alaphilippe attentive…

These four riders are almost four minutes ahead of the peloton, controlled by the team Groupama-FDJ of the leader jake stewart, before the first ascent of the day: Col de Portes (8.2 km at 5.8%). After this first climb, the leading men begin to lose ground with respect to the peloton, which is already less than three minutes behind. The difference in altitude continues to drop before the second ascent, the Col des Fossés (6.1 km at 5.4%), mainly because the formation United Arab Emirates decides to set the pace at the front of the peloton. Breakaway advantage reduced. During this ascent, Tony Hurel Y jacob erikson crack and thus leave the other two runners – Louis-Richard Y hannes wilksch – at the head of the race.

But this pair gives ground in the peloton that approaches about two minutes before the penultimate ascent: the coast of Seillonnaz (5.9 km at 5.5%). And even if the gap narrows, neither favorite decides to go on the attack. Leader jake stewart continues to be part of this group of favorites before the last climb of this second stage, the Col de Portes (km 8.2 at 6.7%). The breakaway is taken on the first slopes. jake stewart also cracks. The favorites wait before attacking. George Bennett (UAE Team Emirates) launches hostilities. He is followed by Julian Alaphilippe (Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team).

Alaphilippe distanced himself, Guillaume Martin does double duty!

A group of a dozen runners formed at the head of the race with the contenders for the general classification. Just before the summit, the world champion… Julian Alaphilippe – fissure. This is the time chosen by Mattias Skjelmose Jensen (Trek-Segafredo) to attack. The young Danish climber manages to isolate himself and takes the lead with almost 10 seconds ahead of the pursuers. Julian Alaphilippe rejoins this group on the way down from Col de Portes. But the French driver falls behind on a small climb 10 kilometers from the finish.

In the money timethere are seven riders in the lead: Mattias Skjelmose Jensen, William Martin (Cophidis), rudy molard Y Sebastian Reichenbach (Grupama-FDJ), Jaakko Hanninen (AG2R Citroën Team), Ivan Sosa (Movistar Team) and mauri vansevenant (Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team). Gone before the red flame, William Martin thus resisted the return of the rest of the runners to win this second stage, this Wednesday, facing Mattias Skjelmose Jensen. The 29-year-old French climber scored twice and also took the leader’s jersey at the end of the day.


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