Lasse Norman wins bunch sprint for stage 2

Danes stand out in Ville de La Baie

Three members of Denmark's team finished in the top five of the Coupe des Nations – Ville de Saguenay's second stage. Indeed, Hansen Lasse Norman, Christopher Juul- Jensen and Sebastian Lander respectively ravished the first, fourth and fifth spot. Frenchman Guillaume Bonnet and Italian Leonardi Gianluca for their part climbed on the second and third step of the podium.

Besides taking the honours of the 148.4 kilometre race, Lasse Norman took over the yellow jersey of leader, as well as the white jersey of best youngster.

"It was very difficult. At 400 meters of the finish, I was fourth and last of the leading group. But I was able to come back and be the first to cross the line. I was lucky," the Danish Under 23 champion said humbly.

"It is the most important victory after the Juniors Worlds' individual pursuit" he added referring to his other focus of qualifying for the London Olympics.

Armands Becis, from Latvia, successfully defended his green jersey of best sprinter, while Frenchman Warren Barguil claimed the polka dot jersey of best climber.

The 66 participants took off at high speed while multiplying the attacks. A few breakaways saw the day, but all of them aborted. On the third of seven laps, four riders left the peloton. Twelve competitors counter-attacked and made the junction with the fugitive quartet by the end of the fourth loop.

The cat-and-mouse game was on in the leading group, therefore causing many group combinations. In this incessant back and forth movement, a few of the riders became exhausted and lagged behind. Other pursuers eventually joined them. On the sixth and penultimate lap, four athletes distanced the rest of their breakaway companions, thus flying towards victory.

Stage 2 results
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Hansen Lasse Norman (Den) Danemark3:44:23 
2Guillaume Bonnet (Fra) France  
3Gianluca Leonardi (Ita) Italie  
4Christopher Juul-Jensen (Den) Danemark0:00:02 
5Sebastian Lander (Den) Danemark0:00:30 
6Nicola Boem (Ita) Italie  
7Emilien Viennet (Fra) France  
8Asbjørn Kragh Andersen (Den) Danemark  
9Arman Kamyshev (Kaz) Kazakhstan  
10Klemen Stimulak (Slo) Slovénie  
11Arvin Moazemi (Iri) MixteUCI  
12Hugo Houle (Can) Canada  
13Romain Guillemois (Fra) France  
14Jimmi Sørensen (Den) Danemark  
15Natnael Berhane (Eri) MixteUCI  
16Artis Pujats (Lat) Letonie  
17Marcel Meisen (Ger) Allemagne  
18Tanner Putt (USA) Etats-Unis  
19Nathan Brown (USA) Etats-Unis  
20Tsgabu Grmay (Eth) MixteUCI  
21Adžs Flaksis (Lat) Letonie  
22Warren Barguil (Fra) France  
23Miras Bederbekov (Kaz) Kazakhstan  
24Jesper Hansen (Den) Danemark  
25Pavel Gorenc (Slo) Slovénie  
26Janis Dakteris (Lat) Letonie  
27Yauheni Patenka (Blr) MixteUCI0:00:55 
28Arnaud Demare (Fra) France  
29Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Italie  
30Jimmy Turgis (Fra) France  
31Fabian Thiel (Ger) Allemagne  
32Vladislav Gorbunov (Kaz) Kazakhstan  
33Mario Vogt (Ger) Allemagne  
34Gavin Mannion (USA) Etats-Unis  
35Youcef Reguigui (Alg) MixteUCI0:01:43 
36Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz) Kazakhstan0:01:45 
37Simon Lambert-Lemay (Can) Canada  
38Daniil Fominykh (Kaz) Kazakhstan  
39Antoine Duchesne (Can) Canada  
40Simon Nuber (Ger) Allemagne  
41Max Walsleben (Ger) Allemagne  
42Stuart Wight (Can) Canada  
43Ilya Davidenok (Kaz) Kazakhstan  
44Jani Music (Slo) Slovénie  
45Yannick Mayer (Ger) Allemagne  
46Roman Dronin (Uzb) MixteUCI  
47Evan Huffman (USA) Etats-Unis  
48Massimo Coledan (Ita) Italie0:01:52 
49Ryan Eastman (USA) Etats-Unis0:02:25 
50Armands Becis (Lat) Letonie0:03:14 
51Owen Harrison (Can) Canada  
52Robert Jenko (Slo) Slovénie  
53Maxim Razumov (Rus) Russie0:04:20 
54Maxim Pokidov (Rus) Russie  
55Roman Katyrin (Rus) Russie  
56David Boily (Can) Canada  
57Jure Bitenc (Slo) Slovénie0:04:28 
58Alexander Grigoryev (Rus) Russie0:07:53 
59Igor Frolov (Rus) Russie0:10:21 
60Eamon Franck (USA) Etats-Unis0:11:09 
61Andrea Dal Col (Ita) Italie  
62Alder Torres Yuman (Gua) Guatemala0:15:09 
63Walter Filad Escobar López (Gua) Guatemala0:15:20 
64Aljaz Hocevar (Slo) Slovénie  
DNFAldo Lore Zamora Arriaza (Gua) Guatemala  
DNFLoris Paoli (Ita) Italie  
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