Tour de l’Ain – Guillaume Martin is the 2nd stage and leader, Alaphilippe is released

Argued between San Vulbas and Lagnieu, the second episode this Wednesday produced a first explanation between the favorites of Ain Tower 2022. And at the end of 143 kilometers, this William Martin (Cofidis) who won. Leaving in front of the red flame, the French climber resisted the return of a small group to raise his arms. The resident of Cofidis won by two seconds ahead Mattias Skjelmose Jensen (Trek-Segafredo) and Rudy Molard (Groupama-FDJ). He reasonably controls the general classification of an episode from the end of the event. The world champion- Julian Alaphilippe (Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team) – finished within a minute of the winner.

Video – The 2nd stage and the jersey for Guillaume Martin of Cofidis!

Four riders became the breakaway of the day!

After the first day reserved for the sprinters, who saw the victory of Jake Stewart (Groupama-FDJ), the second stage offers a more favorable ground for the favorites of Ain Tower 2022, with four listed climbs in particular: the col the doors (8.2 km at 5.8%), the col of Channels (6.1 km at 5.4%), the cSeillonnaz beach (5.9 km of 5.5%) and the col the doors (8.2km at 6.7%). But before attending the possible explanation between the leaders, four riders formed the breakaway of the day. In frontthus we see Louis-Richard (Team U Nantes Atlantique), Tony Hurel (St Michel – Auber 93), Jacob Erikson (Riwal Cycling Team) and Hannes Wilksch (Germany).

The breakaway continues, Jack Stewart cracks, Julian Alaphilippe is attentive …

These four riders are almost four minutes ahead of the peloton, which is controlled by the team Groupama-FDJ to the leader Jake Stewart, before the first climb of the day: the Col de Portes (8.2 km at 5.8%). After this first climb, the leading men began to lose ground on the peloton which was now under three minutes. The gap continues to descend before the second climb, the Col des Fossés (6.1 km at 5.4%), especially in formation. UAE Team Emirates decided to set the pace at the front of the peloton. The lead on breakaways has decreased. During this climb, Tony Hurel and Jacob Erikson crack and therefore leave the other two runners – Louis-Richard and Hannes Wilksch – at the head of the race.

But this pair gave ground to the peloton that was approaching two minutes before the penultimate climb: the coast of Seillonnaz (5.9 km at 5.5%). And although the gap narrowed, neither favorite decided to continue the attack. The leader Jake Stewart still part of this group of favorites before the final climb of this second stage, the Col de Portes (8.2 km at 6.7%). The breakaway was caught on the first slopes. Jake Stewart cracks too. Favorites wait before attacking. George Bennett (UAE Team Emirates) launched battles. He was followed by Julian Alaphilippe (Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team).

Alaphilippe pulled away, Guillaume Martin does double duty!

A group of ten riders formed at the head of the race with contenders for the general classification. Before the summit, the world champion – Julian Alaphilippe – crack. This is the moment chosen by Mattias Skjelmose Jensen (Trek-Segafredo) to attack. The young Danish climber managed to isolate himself and lead by almost 10 seconds ahead of the chasers. Julian Alaphilippe rejoined this group on the descent to the Col de Portes. But the French rider was left on a small climb 10 kilometers from the finish.

on money timethere are seven riders in the lead: Mattias Skjelmose Jensen, William Martin (Cofidis), Rudy Molard and Sebastian Reichenbach (Groupama-FDJ), Jaakko Hanninen (AG2R Citroën Team), Ivan Sosa (Movistar Team) and Mauri Vansevenant (Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team). Lost before the red flame, William Martin thus resisting the return of other riders to win this second round, this Wednesday, ahead Mattias Skjelmose Jensen. The 29-year-old French climber did a double whammy as he also took the leader’s jersey at the end of the day.

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