Monday June 3rd, 2013

Stage 2ChÂtel / Oyonnax

Start 09h54 GMT 2+

Key moments

Stage summary03.06.2013Viviani takes his first win of the year

Gianni Meersman was highly expected as a 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. The sprinter from Cannondale used the condition he built at the Giro d'Italia for taking his first victory of the 2013 season. Thanks to the good job of Europcar, David Veilleux kept the yellow jersey.

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interview03.06.2013David Veilleux: «We didn't panic»

After taking the yellow-blue jersey in Champéry, David Veilleux discovered what it takes to keep the lead in a big stage race. “This day in yellow has gone very well”, the Canadian explained. “My team-mates have done an exceptional work. I owe them a lot. We never panicked. We always kept the race under control behind the four breakaway riders. 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...

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interview03.06.2013Tony Gallopin: "I was cramping"

Tony Gallopin became the best young rider after finishing third in Oyonnax. "It was a bit crazy in the finale", he described. "I was missing some team-mates and there was a head wind to finish. Since I was a bit too far when I launched my sprint at 500 metres, there was no way I could overtake those two excellent sprinters who were already ahead of me. Today's course is what I enjoy in cycling. It wasn't easy. I lack competition and I was cramping towards the end. But I was still up there,...

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interview03.06.2013Gianni Meersman: "Second again!"

Gianni Meersman accepted the verdict of the sprint with sportsmanship as he rated his rival faster than him on the flat. "Elia Viviani is a true sprinter", the Belgian said, "so it's no shame to come second to him. But I'm second again! It's the seventeenth time this year that I make the top 7. The positive note is that my team has worked really well in chasing the breakaway down and I'm now leading the green jersey and second overall. I'd like to keep this jersey all the way."

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interview03.06.2013Thomas Damuseau: "It's a pleasure to ride at the front"

Breakaway rider Thomas Damuseau became the new king of the mountains and commented: "It's a pleasure to ride at the front. It was my second day doing so but only people who try can hope for something. I did it with two goals: taking points for the polka dot jersey that I'm very happy to get as the leader of the competition, and targeting the stage win because we never, know, it could have happened with me at the front or Reinhardt Janse van Rensburg who finished fourth in the sprint. It's a...

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interview03.06.2013Elia Viviani: "Having done the Giro helped me climbing"

Elia Viviani declared after winning in Oyonnax: "This is my first victory this year. 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 in 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...

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Newsflashes (Local time)

14:31Top 5

1. Elia Viviani (CAN), 4.39.15

2. Gianni Meersman (OPQ)

3. Tony Gallopin (RNT)

4. Jacques Janse van Rensburg (ARG)

5. Anthony Geslin (FDJ)

14:28Viviani wins stage 2It's a bunch sprint finish: the winner is Elia Viviani. First win of the season. Gianni Meersman is second again.
14:253km to goWith 3km to go, Taaramäe is about to get caught. Cannondale is leading the peloton. That means Elia Viviani is in contention for the stage win.
14:23Taaramäe vs OPQSRein Taaramäe insists on his own in the downhill, 13 seconds ahead of the peloton led by Omega Pharma-Quick Step. There's a head wind in the finale.
14:16Taaramae attacks

Inspired by his team-mate Rudy Molard, Rein Taaramäe (COF) attacks in the col du Sentier(cat. 2). Ranking at the top, at km 179.5:

1. Rein Taaramäe (COF), 10 points

at 0.07, 2. Kevin Seeldrayers (OPQ), 9

3. Ivan Santaromita (BMC), 8

at 0.12, 4. Michal Kwiatkowski (OPQ), 7

5. Gianni Meersman (OPQ), 6

6. Geraint Thomas (SKY), 5

14:12Top contenders at the frontThe stars of the Dauphiné are now visible in the first positions of the peloton in the col du Sentier: Chris Froome, Richie Porte, Alberto Contador...
14:07Molard ends his adventureWith 15km to go, Rudy Molard finally gets caught by the peloton.
14:0520 seconds at 20km to goWith 20km to go, Rudy Molard is 20 seconds ahead of the peloton now led by Thomas Voeckler.
14:04Result of KOM at côte du Bugnon

Result of KOM at côte du Bugnon (cat. 4), km 168.5:

1. Rudy Molard (COF), 3 points

2. Juan Antonio Flecha (VCD), 2

3. Warren Barguil (ARG), 1

13:56Attacks at the head of the pelotonSeveral riders successively attack from the peloton in the côte du Bugnon: Juan Antonio Flecha (VCD), Laurent Didier (RLT), Warren Barguil (ARG)...
13:52Bouhanni back in the bunchFrench champion Nacer Bouhanni (FDJ) is brought back to the peloton by his team-mate Geoffrey Soupe while Molard maintains a lead of one minute with 25km to go.
13:50Molard is a lone leaderOnly Molard is at the front now. The other breakaway riders have been caught by the peloton.
13:44Molard insistsRudy Molard attacks at the front. With 30km to go, the peloton led by OPQS is only 40 seconds behind.
13:41OPQS rides hardOmega Pharma-Quick Step keeps riding hard after the côte de Communal where a few riders have been dropped: Bouhanni (FDJ), Hushovd (BMC), Kiryienka (SKY). Talansky (GRS) has been noted in difficulty too. Time gap: 1.15 with 34km to go.
13:39Result of KOM at côte de Communal

Result of KOM at côte de Communal (cat. 2), km 151.5:

1. Thomas Damuseau (ARG), 10 points

2. Rudy Molard (COF), 9

3. Arnaud Gérard (BSE), 8

4. José Mendes (TNE), 7

at 1.55, 5. Sylvain Chavanel (OPQ), 6

6. Gianni Meersman (OPQ), 5 

13:36Higher pace in the bunchSylvain Chavanel sets a higher pace in the bunch with green jersey wearer Gianni Meersman on his Wheel.
13:29Westra back in the bunchAfter receiving a treatment at his injured left arm from the race doctor, Lieuwe Westra (VCD) is back in the bunch.
13:21Europcar at workAnthony Charteau and Kevin Reza are the most active Europcar riders at the head of the peloton where Argos-Shimano riders also appear as they have high ambitions for Reinhardt Janse van Rensburg. The gap is reduced to 2.40 with 42km to go nearing the last hour of racing.
13:20All riders restartAll the riders involved in the two crashes restart. Nieve is back in the peloton.
13:18Docker and Nieve crashMitch Docker (OGE) and Mikel Nieve (EUS) crash at the back of the peloton. So do a few minutes later Romain Sicard (EUS) and Lieuwe Westra (VAC).
13:16Result of hot spot sprint

Result of hot spot sprint at Montanges, km 142.5:

1. José Mendes (TNE), 5 points

2. Arnaud Gérard (BSE), 3

3. Thomas Damuseau (ARG), 1

13:14Molard puncturesWith 48.5km to go, Molard has a flat tyre. He quickly rejoins his breakaway companions after changing his front wheel.
13:11Froome: "Better save energy for later"Race favorite Chris Froome commented his performance on stage 1 (5th) to French sports daily L'Equipe: “I wanted to avoid splits in the peloton and possible crashes. The first goal was to remain quiet and not lose any time over the other GC contenders. I don't think the Dauphiné can be won during the first few days. It's better to save energy for the difficult stages later this week.”
13:06Vanendert has pulled outJelle Vandendert (LTB) has quit the Dauphiné.
13:04Result of KOM at côte de Lancrans

Result of KOM at côte de Lancrans (cat. 3), km 136:

1. Thomas Damuseau (ARG), 4 points

2. Arnaud Gérard (BSE), 3

3. Rudy Molard (COF), 2

4. José Mendes (TNE), 1

12:56Meersman's revenge?A rider to watch today is Gianni Meersman. The OPQS rider is easy to identify as he wears the green jersey. He was pretty upset after finishing second yesterday. The presence of his team-mate Tony Martin in between the breakaway and the bunch prevented his team from closing the gap to David Veilleux. Contacted by letour.fr, OPQS directeur sportif Jan Schaffrath confirmed Meersman's increased ambitions for today. "It's a perfect stage for him", the German said. "He's not a sprinter for flat...
12:4343.3km in the third hour43.3 kilometres have been covered in the third hour of racing. The average is 43.4km/h so far.
12:41The time gap decreasesThe advantage of the leaders is on the down: 4 minutes at km 122.
12:26Result of KOM at côte de Mons

Result of KOM at côte de Mons (cat. 4), km 120.5:

1. Thomas Damuseau (ARG), 3 points

2. Arnaud Gérard (BSE), 2

3. Rudy Molard (COF), 1

Thomas Damuseau virtually leads the KOM competition with 41 points. David Veilleux follows with 40.

12:21Under five minutes differenceSo far, the maximum time gap between the leading quartet and the peloton has been 4.55 at km 104. At km 108, it's 4.50. Europcar controls.
12:13Hubert: "Today is a different story"Being an invited team from the Pro Continental ranks, Bretagne-Séché Environnement is in a very different state of mind than Damuseau of Argos-Shimano or Viviani of Cannondale. Their motto consists in attacking every day. Yesterday, it was with Jean-Marc Bideau. Today, the 2002 junior world champion Arnaud Gérard is at the front. Contacted by letour.fr, directeur sportif Emmanuel Hubert said: “As we don't have anyone for riding GC really, we're here for racing aggressively. We don't want...
12:114.20 at half wayAt half way into the stage, the advantage of José Mendes (TNE), Rudy Molard (COF), Thomas Damuseau (ARG) and Arnaud Gérard (BSE) is 4.20.
12:00Viviani: "Not at my best anymore"Thomas Damuseau isn't the only participant of the Dauphiné who has completed the Giro. An interesting rider to follow is Cannondale's sprinter Elia Viviani who finished on a positive note with a third place behind Mark Cavendish and Sacha Modolo in the last stage in Brescia. Questioned by letour.fr, the Italian explained: "I've come to the Dauphiné for several reasons. My team was a bit short in manpower. I have two chances of winning a stage: in Tarare (stage 3) and Grenoble (stage 6). I'm...
11:55Damuseau has completed the GiroPolka dot jersey wearer Thomas Damuseau (ARG) is still full of resources despite having completed the Giro d'Italia (in 53rd place) one week ago. He played an important role in John Degenkolb's stage victory. For the second day in a row, he's very active in the breakaway in the Dauphiné!
11:5337.2km in the second hourIn the second hour of racing, the breakaway has covered 37.2 kilometres. It makes an average of 43.5km/h since the start. At km 83, the time gap is four minutes.
11:33Guiberteau: "We hope for Janse van Rensburg"Today's course is suitable for sprinters able to overcome the difficulty of successive climbs. A man to watch is Reinhardt Janse van Rensburg, a neo pro with Argos-Shimano who joined the World Tour with an incredible pedigree including winning the Tour de Bretagne among fourteen successes last year. He's yet to claim his first victory in 2013 but his recent seventh place in stage 4 at the Tour of Belgium indicates that he's on the right track. “We've built our team for the Dauphiné around...
11:304.30 at the topThe time between the four leading riders and the peloton is 4.30 atop the côte de Mendes.
11:29Damuseau at the front in the first climb

Result of the KOM at côte de Mornex, km 74.5:

1. Thomas Damuseau (ARG), 3 points

2. Arnaud Gérard (BSE), 2 points

3. José Mendes (TNE), 1 point

11:22Europcar under controlTeam Europcar is setting the pace at the head of the peloton. It confirms Rolland's comments: the French team respects the yellow-blue jersey and wants David Veilleux to keep it as long as possible. They maintain the gap around four minutes. It's 4.10 at the côte de Mornex, km 74.5.
11:10Voeckler and Rolland full of praise for VeilleuxYesterday's epic ride of David Veilleux has been recognized as a great exploit by many observers of the Criterium du Dauphiné. His team-mate Thomas Voeckler was full of praise. “He didn't win because the peloton let him go”, admired the Frenchman as reported in daily newspaper Le Parisien. Europcar's leader Pierre Rolland added: “Last winter, David has worked a lot in the mountains. He has proven that we can rely on him. We know that he'll lose the lead but the Dauphiné is not just...
11:08Four in the leadJosé Mendes (TNE) has rejoined Rudy Molard (COF), Thomas Damuseau (ARG) and Arnaud Gérard (BSE) at km 50. Their advantage over the peloton is stabilized at 3.50 at km 56. 
11:00Damuseau on a KOM missionThomas Damuseau (ARG) is in the breakaway for the second day in a row. He wears the polka dot jersey but doesn't lead the KOM classification yet. He might do so if he stays away for a while. The front group is 15km away to the côte de Mornex (cat 4). Like Molard, Damuseau is motivated on home soil. He was born in Grenoble and lives near Roanne in the Rhône-Alpes region.
10:56Almost 50km in the first hourThe breakaway has covered 49.8 kilometres in the first hour of racing. The downhill terrain at the start explains the high speed.
10:49Madiot: "Three options for winning"Contacted by letour.fr, FDJ team manager Marc Madiot talked about today's stage. “Several options are possible”, the Frenchman said. “An important breakaway can make it to the finish. The race can be very active in the finale. The third option is a bunch sprint with quite a lot of riders but we won't control the race to make it happen because we're not sure whether or not Nacer Bouhanni can survive those climbs towards the end. We'll see in the last 30 or 40 kilometres what we can do for...
10:48Time gap increasing quicklyAt km 43, Rudy Molard (COF), Thomas Damuseau (ARG) and Arnaud Gérard (BSE) have an advantage of 55 seconds over Mendes (TNE) and 3.40 over the peloton.
10:38More freedom for the breakawayAs the peloton slowed down, José Mendes (TNE) has launched a counter attack. Rudy Molard (COF), Thomas Damuseau (ARG) and Arnaud Gérard (BSE) have 1.20 lead over the bunch at km 40.
10:35First World Tour race in France for MolardBreakaway rider Rudy Molard (COF) is motivated on home soil. As a junior, he rode for EC Tarare-Popey, the club of tomorrow's finishing town. "The Dauphiné is my first World Tour race in France", said the second year pro who rode the Vuelta a España last year and the Volta Catalunya this year.
10:24The peloton is activeBehind the leading trio, the peloton remains active. Natnael Berhane (EUC), Martin Velits (OPQ) and Alexander Wetterhall (TNE) have gone clear but with no success. A small group comprising Richie Porte (SKY) and Tony Martin (OPQ) is off the back, trying to get back on.
10:22Three breakaway ridersVandendert is back in the bunch while three riders have managed to break away at km 22: Rudy Molard (COF), Thomas Damuseau (ARG) and Arnaud Gérard (BSE). Their advantage is 35 seconds at km 25.
10:17Vanendert off the backGrivko has been caught at km 21 and Jelle Vanendert (LTB) is getting dropped by the peloton. This is unexpected from the Belgian rider who told letour.fr yesterday at the start of stage 1: "I hope that my form is good enough to come out of the Dauphiné with a stage but for GC, our leader remains Jurgen Van den Broeck."
10:15Grivko in actionUkraine's national champion Andriy Grivko (AST) has attacked.
10:11All together at km 18Markel Irizar has been caught and Alex Howes (GRS) has also tried his luck but it's all together at km 18.
10:03Irizar tries his luckRadioShack's Basque rider Markel Irizar tries his luck solo despite the fast pace of the bunch in the slightly downhill first part of the race. The race director car is speeding at 70km/h behind the peloton!
09:59Six climbs on the menuSix climbs are categorized for the King of the Mountain price today:
- Côte de Mornex (km 74.5), 2.6km at 4.7%
- Côte de Mons (km 120.5), 1km at 5.5%
- Côte de Lancrans (km 136), 3.1km at 5.2%
- Côte de Communal (km 151.5), 5.6km at 6.3%
- Côte du Bugnon (km 168.5), 1.9km at 6.1%
- Col du Sentier (km 179.5), 2.7km at 7.6%
09:52Bille, first man on the moveThe start proper has been given at 9.52. As the road goes downhill at the beginning, it's been fast from the gun, so the first attacker, Gaëtan Bille (LTB), has been reined in quickly.
09:51The race is onRiders are now cruising in the neutral zone.
09:47Talansky, first man to sign onIt was a surprise to see Andrew Talansky getting dropped yesterday. Garmin-Sharp's directeur sportif Geert van Bondt explained to Cyclingnews that the runner up of Paris-Nice was down with stomach problems: “He's not been feeling great since Thursday but he thought he was over the worst. We're just hoping that over the next couple of days he'll be getting better and better and towards the end of the race he can be 100 per cent.” The young American showed his intact motivation by being the...
09:44175 starters175 riders have signed the starting sheet in Châtel. All the finishers of stage 1 are back on the saddle.
09:37Jersey wearers

The four distinctive jerseys are worn today by:

- yellow: David Veilleux (EUC) leads the general classification after his epic solo ride yesterday.

- green: Gianni Meersman (OPQ) is second to Veilleux in the points classification.

- polka dot: Thomas Damuseau (ARG) was the second scorer in the breakaway yesterday after Veilleux.

- white: Tom-Jelte Slagter (BLA) was the best young finisher as he crossed the line in third place.

09:32191km from Châtel to OyonnaxToday it's a 191km long stage from Châtel to Oyonnax, with a few climbs concentrated in the final part of the race after a flattish start in the val d'Abondance and alongside the Leman lake.
09:31Welcome to stage 2Welcome to the live coverage of stage 2 from Châtel to Oyonnax. The Criterium du Dauphiné is back on French soil. It's a sunny day in the Alps.

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