Arnaud Demare (FDJ) won the second stage at La Méditerranéenne from a bunch sprint in Port Vendres on Friday. He stormed to the finish line ahead of teammate Mickael Delage and AG2r La Mondiale’s Jan Bakelants.
FDJ won the opening team time trial on Thursday, making this their second consecutive win. Matthieu Ladagnous was the first of his FDJ team to cross the finish line during the team time trial and so was the first leader of the event, but Demare’s sprint victory has now bumped him up into the overall lead.
Stage 2 of the four-day race offered the peloton a 157.6km route from Banyuls-sur-Mer to Port-Vendres. A two-man breakaway set off early in the race with Luca Sterbini (Bardiani CSF) and Yannick Mayer (Veranclassic – AGO). Their gap grew to five minutes at the 100km mark, and it hovered there for awhile, but then began to fall during the last half of the race.
|#||Rider Name (Country) Team||Result|
|1||Arnaud Demare (Fra) FDJ||4:19:29|
|2||Mickael Delage (Fra) FDJ|
|3||Jan Bakelants (Bel) AG2R La Mondiale|
|4||Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) FDJ|
|5||Bakhtiyar Kozhatayev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team|
|6||Tony Hurel (Fra) Direct Energie|
|7||Rudy Barbier (Fra) Roubaix Metropole Europeenne De Lille|
|8||Laurens De Vreese (Bel) Astana Pro Team|
|9||Francesco Chicchi (Ita) Androni Giocattoli – Sidermec|
|10||Thomas Boudat (Fra) Direct Energie|
|11||Jon Ander Insausti Irastorza (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country – Murias|
|12||Romain Feillu (Fra) HP-BTP Auber 93|
|13||Justin Jules (Fra) Veranclassic-AGO|
|14||Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Astana Pro Team|
|15||Florian Senechal (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits|
|16||Stéphane Poulhies (Fra) Armee De Terre|
|17||Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits|
|18||Francesc Zurita (Spa) Team Vorarlberg|
|19||Daniil Fominykh (Kaz) Astana Pro Team|
|20||Guillaume Levarlet (Fra) HP-BTP Auber 93|