60th Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré
Stage 2 Live
A sprinters stage into Vienne... a brave trio is away Thor Hushvods crews is on
Stage 2 Bourg-Saint-Andeol - Vienne (184 km)
to our live coverage of stage 2 we join the race in progress with three escapees
away: David de la Fuente (Saunier Duval), Stephane Auge (Cofidis) and Benat
Albizuri (Euskaltel). With 43 km to go they have 2.23 on the bunch.
The trio started their adventure at 5 km on the rolling terrain of another
sprinters stage and gained a max advantage of 4:35. The trio having been out in
wind for 145 kilometers fighting the odds that they can keep the sprinters teams
at bay. Behind Credit Agricole is leading the pace in the bunch for race leader
Thor Hushovd with 40 km to go. The finishing kilometers have a few climbs so it
may be hard for the sprinters teams to arrive for a mass sprint.
A newspaper in Belgium today reported Tom Boonen testing positive for cocaine
in a random control before the tour of Belgium. Later today Quick Step has
planned a press conference so we will update this later, at this point no
charges have been made. There are also rumors that Bouygues Telecom has an
interest in signing the Belgian sprinter. If Boonen goes to Bouygues
Telecom he would be joined Kevin Hulsman and Wilfried Cretskens. So a question
remains: shall we see Tom Boonen in the Tour de France this year?
Other Breaking news: Bjarne Riis has found a new sponsor to replace CSC at
the end of the season. Saxo Bank will be the new main sponsor of the team. It
seems they have signed a contract for 3 years. So you might say that's the good,
bad and the ugly news today.
In the break Benat Albizuri has problems following the the pace of Auge
and De La Fuente. So two brave riders remain in the lead. Back to the Dauphine
Liberé: It starts raining a little and the roads are going up. We are sure there
are some riders already suffering. Yesterday we mentioned that one of the riders
in the break Joly was in the Tour team of La Francaise des Jeux. We were wrong.
Joly will take a break after the French champs before heading to Spain for La
Another twist on the Boonen saga is he has likely been taken off the Quick
Step roster for the Tour of Switzerland, following the announcement the tour
stated he would not be welcome.
A short view on the two leaders in the break. David de la Fuente is an
aggressive rider and likes to go in breaks. In the 2006 Tour de France he had
the polka dot jersey for a few days and at the end of the Tour he was the most
aggressive rider of the event. Last year he won the GP Llodio
Stephane Auge (Cofidis) is a rider who likes to do monster breaks as well.
This year he won a stage and the final ranking in the four days of dunkerque. He
also won among others the Gp Cholet, a stage in the Tour of Poland, a stage in
the Limousin and a stage in the Tour of Germany
1600 CEST - 30 km to go the gap is down
to 1.40 the effort of the Credit Agricole lads is starting to slowly close the
1610 CEST - 26 km to go and the gap is
down to 1.33 David de la Fuente is doing the lions work in the break as he seems
the strongest up the three. In the chase Credit Agricole gets help from Team
High Road as they throw a few riders to the front. Who else? Can Greipel round
off the work today with a stage win.
1616 CEST - The riders are now at the
Cote de la Croix de Regis a fourth category climb. The gap has dropped to 01
minute and 09 seconds.
Jurgen van de Walle (Quick Step) attacks from the peloton; but High Road
chases him down; the gap of the two braves in front is down to 1.00... Popovych
raises his butt with Evans in his wheel, takes a small gap, but they don't get
much before they are pulled back.
14 km to go - the gap down to 30 seconds.
The two escapees made it to the top of the climb, with Spain's De La Fuente
taking most of the points up for grabs there. They are enjoying their last
moments in the sun anyway, with the gap now down to half a minute. And with the
peloton flying on the descent that follows.
A Liquigas rider is closing the gap very fast to the leaders right now. not
sure who the guy is. It's Valerio Agnoli. He's going to be the first one to make
contact with the two frontunners; and the escapees are swept up.
8km to go - Samuel Dumoulin (Cofidis) on
the attack. He is from this region so highly motivated for today's stage.
Dumoulin has got company of French young gun Aurelien Passeron (Saunier
6 km to go - The two riders are
trying hard to resist. But the peloton keeps them within striking distance.
They're going to be caught very soon. The two Dumoulin and Passeron are caught.
Looks like we will have that field sprint... The bunch hit the last five
kilometres of the stage. Caisse D'Epargne leads the pace in the bunch. Greipel
seems to have a flat tire
3 km to go - Crash of a Silence/Lotto
rider at the front. It looked like Cadel Evans to me. The peloton looks very
stretched. Credit Agricole gains control of the front. It isn't Cadel Evans who
crashed as he is in front of the bunch but it was a Silence rider for sure.
Hincapie gets the gap, Sebastien Lang on his wheel with Husvod and Heinrich
Haussler on the right. Photo ©
2008 Fotoreporter Sirotti
Bernhard Kohl (Gerolsteiner) attacks - A High Road rider bridged across, the
peloton is waiting as the two get a gap... It's Hincapie, The sprint starts...
Hincapie still has a lead.
The sprinters are coming. But George wins and has time to raise his arms in
The winner is GEORGE HINCAPIE!!!!!!!
George celebrates his stage win as Chavanel on his left powers up to take nip
Lang for 2nd place. Photo ©
2008 Fotoreporter Sirotti
The two riders got a gap and Hink was able to hold off the sprinters
rushThere is also a split in the peloton; the 2nd bunch rolls in at about 15
seconds. It was Sebastian Lang and not Bernhard Kohl of Gerolsteiner who had the
gap with Hincapie.
1. George Hincapie
2. Sebastien Chavanel
3. Sebastian Lang
4. Heinrich Haussler
5. Thor Hushovd
6. Yuriy Trofimov,
7. Peter Wrolich
8. Davide Vigano
Hincapie, Lang and race leader Thor Hushvod over the finish line.
2008 Fotoreporter Sirotti
Hincapie followed the waterboy as he launched a wicked attack in the last 500
metres or so, then easily came around him and held off oncoming peloton to raise
his arms in triumph across the line. The High Road athlete made the most out of
both his experience and fast legs. Poor Lang ran out of steam in the last
hundred metres and couldn't take the runner-up spot either.
Bourg-Saint-Andeol - Vienne
1. George Hincapie (High Road)
2. Sébastien Chavanel (Française des Jeux)
3. Sebastian Lang (Gerolsteiner)
4. Heinrich Haussler (Gerolsteiner)
5. Thor Hushovd (Crédit Agricole)
6. Yury Trofimov (Bouygues Telecom)
7. Peter Wrolich (Gerolsteiner)
8. Davide Vigano (Quick Step)
9. Mauro Da Dalto (Liquigas)
10. Julien Loubet (AG2R-la Mondiale)
Looks like Lang did hold on for third place. Thor Hushvod will ride in the
yellow jersey with the blue riband at the start tomorrow, but he missed one of
his prime chances for a stage win on this the final stage for the sprinters as
the race moves into the mountains on stage 4. Thor also takes back the green
points jersey from Valverde today.
Tomorrow's 31 km time trial - Stage 3 Saint-Paul-en-Jarez, is certain to sort
out the favorites on our tightly packed general classification.
This concludes our live coverage of stage 2, join us tomorrow for the time
trial. Check back for complete results and photos.
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