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2012 Tour du Limousin - Stage 2
By Lucy Alderson
Date: 8/16/2012
2012 Tour du Limousin - Stage 2
The Lithuanian Evaldas Siskevicius, riding for La Pomme Marseille, rode to victory in Saint Junien yesterday for the second stage of the Tour du Limousin.

The 186km stage got off to a quick start and after only one kilometre there was a breakaway. This was quickly caught and was to set the pattern for the rest of the day with lot of attacks that didn't come to anything.

Siskevicius was at the heart of the race throughout and in the first hour he was averaging a speed of 48km per hour - an exceptional performance for a rider who was plagued with illness at the beginning of the season and who had recently received the news from his manager that he will not have a contract next season with La Pomme Marseille, for whom he has been riding five years.

The attacks continued ceaselessly in the first half of the race but at 92km a group of 22 riders succeeded in making a definite break. The majority of the teams were represented by at least one rider and the lead built up to 2'50". The peloton, fiercely led by Saur-Sojasun,fought hard to reduce the lead.

Thirty kilometres on, there was once more a general regrouping, but then 53km from the arrivee, a group of seven took flight: Roy (FDJ), Turgot (Europcar), Vogondy(Cofidis), Duret (Bretagne-Schuller), Thire (Auber 93), Denis (Veranda Rideau) and, of course, Siskevicius who had been a main player since the beginning.

Yet again, in the final few kilometres, the lead was caught, but the Lithuanian rider who had been key to the race so far, launched himself off the front and stayed there for a nail-biting win. The gap was truly minimal but Siskevicius did it, winning all but the MG jersey. For Edvaldas Siskevicius, it really was a one man show on the podium.

2012 Tour du Limousin - Stage 2
1 Evaldas SISKEVICIUS LTU LPM 4:17:49
2 Steven TRONET FRA AUB +0
3 Julien SIMON FRA SAU +0
4 Jérémie GALLAND FRA SAU +0
5 Reinier HONIG NED LAN +0
6 Nikolay TRUSOV RUS RVL +0
8 Vincent JEROME FRA EUC +0
10 Benoit DRUJON FRA AUB +0
11 Jure KOCJAN SLO TT1 +0
12 Armindo FONSECA FRA BSC +0
13 Guillaume FAUCON FRA AUB +0

2012 Tour du Limousin - General Classification After Stage 2
1 Evaldas SISKEVICIUS Lithuania LPM 8:07:59
2 Julien SIMON France SAU +1
3 Jure KOCJAN Slovenia TT1 +3
4 Eduardo SEPULVEDA Argentina FDJ +9
5 Fabien SCHMIDT France RLM +10
6 Steve HOUANARD France ALM +10
7 Gregory HABEAUX Belgium ACC +10
8 Mathieu PERGET France ALM +12
9 Stefan DENIFL Austria VCD +13
10 Franck BOUYER France EUC +13

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