June 6, 2017
Thomas de Gendt (Lotto Soudal) leads after two stages at Le Dauphine.
Arlanc, Monday june 5th 2017 – FDJ's Arnaud Démare won the bunch sprint finish of stage 2 of the 69th Critérium du Dauphiné as he easily outsprinted Alexander Kristoff at the end of a 4.6km final straight line in Arlanc. Thomas De Gendt who won stage one retained the lead in the overall classification.
Arnaud Démare explained his reaction to the win: "I have a thought for the victims of road accidents. We, the riders, are going through a very diffcult period and I really want to insist on one thing : the road has to be shared.
Concerning this second stage I had a very tdiffiult day. With 70 kms to go I was dropped on the climbs. Thankefully I was able to count on the help of all my team to make it back in the peloton. They all launched me perfectly for my 6th success this season. Thanks to the tough course, the sprinters of the pack were a bit tired ans I was able to seize my chance. I am very happy".
STAGE 2 RESULT
1. Arnaud Demare (FDJ) 171 km in 4h13’53’’
2. Alexander Kristoff (Katusha) s.t
3. Nacer Bouhanni (Cofidis) s.t
OVERALL INDIVIDUAL TIME CLASSIFICATION
1. Thomas de Gendt (Lotto Soudal)
2. Axel Domont (AG2R La Mondiale) at 48’’
3. Diego Ulissi (UAE) at 1’03’’