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Taihu Lake (2) : Vallée new leader

Taihu Lake (2) : Vallée new leader

The second stage of the Tour of Taihu Lake (2.1, 7-14/10) offered an intense new show. The 130.6 kilometers of the stage were announced nervous and the peloton immediately split up in several parts. Many crashes occured in the first kilometers, while the Wanty-Groupe Gobert boys remained attentive at the front of the bunch. Boris Vallée took advantage of the first two intermediate sprints to take six precious bonus seconds. The hardest was still to be accomplished, as the peloton was reduced on the three climbs in the last hour of the race.

Wanty-Groupe Gobert was attentive and perfectly placed Boris Vallée at the approach of the last climb, the summit at only 15 kilometers from the line. Vallée then sprinted full gas and was only beaten by a few inches by the Colombian Molano. Vallée was awarded the second place after the analysis of the photo-finish. Thanks to the bonuses he now is the new leader of the general classification. He also wins the prize of the combativity of the day. On Wednesday the third stage will be ridden over 88.5 kilometers from Yaodi to Jinhu.

Boris Vallée:

"The pace was high from the beginning, as the peloton speeded up for the first intermediate sprint. Mark McNally launched me and I was able to take the bonus seconds. Then a break was formed after a crash. We were with five representatives in a group of about fourty riders in the front. We continued to ride and I was also able to take the bonus seconds in the second intermediate sprint. Then it regrouped at the approach of the final hill."

"A new group was formed with Marco Minnaard. It allowed us to control, without having to chase in the peloton. Then I was very well placed to approach the last two climbs. My teammates delivered a huge job, and I was able to hang on with the best. I was able to place myself and I chose to start my sprint from far because the finish was downhill. I thought I was going to win, but one rider came back from behind. I finished second for only a few centimeters, it's a shame. "

"Thanks to the 12 bonus seconds I was able to take the lead in the GC. I am now determined to keep this advantage, but I also want to win a stage. This event is very important for our clothing partner Santic, so I want to impose myself. Tomorrow, we will receive a new sprint opportunity. "

 

Stage 2 :
1. Juan Sebastian Molano 
2. Boris Vallée
3. Yannick Martinez 
41. Marco Minnaard + 0:39
42. Kevin Van Melsen 
45. Jasper De Laat
50. Wesley Kreder
63. Mark McNally

GC :
1. Boris Vallée 
2. Benjamin Dyball + 0:03
3. Alexander Cataford
45. Mark McNally + 1:05
50. Wesley Kreder + 1:09
51. Kevin Van Melsen + 1:11
54. Jasper De Laat + 1:15
56. Marco Minnaard + 1:16

Combativity :
Boris Vallée