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Critérium du Dauphiné 2013

Date range:
June 2- 9, 2013

June 03, Stage 2: Châtel - Oyonnax 191km

Complete Live Report

Live commentary by:
Daniel Benson

Hello and welcome to Cyclingnews' live coverage from the Dauphine.

  1. 11:59:39 CEST

    Good morning. You join us for stage 2 of this year's race, a 191km stage from Châtel to Oyonnax.

     

    We've covered just shy of 90km with roughly 100km still to go.

  2. 12:01:12 CEST

    We have a break of four riders up the road already. José Mendes (Netapp), Rudy Molard (Cofidis), Thomas Damuseau (Argos Shimano) and Arnaud Gérard (Bretagne-Séché) have four minutes on the peloton lead by Europcar.

  3. 12:03:24 CEST

    Yesterday David Veilleux pulled off a sensational win to claim the opening stage. Here's where we stand on GC.

     

    1 David Veilleux (Can) Team Europcar 3:17:35
    2 Gianni Meersman (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 0:01:56
    3 Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling Team 0:01:57
    4 Richie Porte (Aus) Sky Procycling
    5 Christopher Froome (GBr) Sky Procycling
    6 Angel Madrazo Ruiz (Spa) Movistar Team
    7 Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro Team
    8 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar Team
    9 Tony Gallopin (Fra) RadioShack Leopard
    10 Leopold Konig (Cze) Team NetApp-Endura

  4. 12:04:54 CEST

    • Garmin-Sharp

    Two main casualties from yesterday's challenging course were Thomas De Gendt and Andrew Talansky. Both were dropped on the penultimate climb of the stage. The American has been sick for several days but we're not sure what De Gendt's problems were. Worrying signs with the Tour de France just a matter of weeks away.

  5. 12:07:52 CEST

    • Team Sky

    Away from the Dauphine for just a brief moment, and Robert Millar has penned another blog for the website, this time on the reasons why Wiggins has not made the selection for the Tour de France with Sky. Well worth a read if I do say so  myself.

  6. 12:09:24 CEST

    • Red Polka Dot Jersey

    Damuseau was of course in the break yesterday and he's looking to take as many KOM points as possible. He picked up the maximum amount on the first climb of the day (3) and with five more categorised climbs to come he'll be looking to snaffle up as many points as possible today.

  7. 93km remaining from 191km

    12:09:58 CEST

    The leaders have pushed their advantage out to 4'20 with 93km remaining in the stage.

  8. 12:14:40 CEST

    The break have just passed through the feedzone and the peloton will be coming through in four minutes.

     

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  9. 12:17:46 CEST

    • Red Polka Dot Jersey

    Damuseau is wearing the KOM jersey today because Veilleux is in yellow. Since the first climb though the gap has shrunk from 5 points to 3. If the Argos rider keeps up this progress he'll be in the KOM jersey again tomorrow.

  10. 12:19:17 CEST

    Here's a list of the five remaining climbs for the stage:

    - Côte de Mons (km 120.5), 1km at 5.5%
    - Côte de Lancrans (km 136), 3.1km at 5.2%
    - Côte de Communal (km 151.5), 5.6km at 6.3%
    - Côte du Bugnon (km 168.5), 1.9km at 6.1%
    - Col du Sentier (km 179.5), 2.7km at 7.6%

  11. 12:22:05 CEST

    Three of the riders - all expect Damuseau - are 1'57 down on GC so there's not much chance of the break surviving in today's stage.

  12. 12:32:21 CEST

    The lead of the break has stretched out a little further and is now at 4'55.

  13. 12:42:45 CEST

    Damuseau leads the break over the côte de Mons and now leads the KOM competition by a single point.

  14. 77km remaining from 191km

    12:47:46 CEST

    Less than 80km remaining and the gap is down to four minutes, having peaked earlier at 4'55.

  15. 12:59:09 CEST

    The peloton has taken a further 45 seconds off the break's advantage, which is down to 3'15 with 58km remaining.

  16. 13:11:00 CEST

    The gap continues to tumble, and it's down to 2'57.

  17. 13:14:14 CEST

    Perfect racing conditions out there at the moment with the sun out and dry roads. The four leaders are still working well together but the bunch have them under control.

  18. 13:15:23 CEST

    Molard has a puncture and needs assistance. He has a quick change and he's back chasing again.

  19. 13:17:20 CEST

    Back in the bunch and Europcar are setting the pace. Froome is close to the front and looks comfortable.

  20. 13:17:39 CEST

    There's a crash in the middle of the bunch.

  21. 13:18:10 CEST

    A rider from Euskaltel is fixing his bike and Docker is also down.

  22. 13:18:32 CEST

    The Orica rider is on his feet but he's not looking great at the moment.

  23. 13:20:17 CEST

    There's another crash. Another Euskaltel rider is down, along with Westra.

  24. 13:20:38 CEST

    It's Sicard. Both men are on their feet and should be okay.

  25. 13:21:18 CEST

    Contador has now moved up the front of the peloton, with Fuglsang pulling out a similar move.

  26. 13:31:44 CEST

    The race leader has his yellow jersey unzipped as he moves up and talks to his teammates who continue to set the pace. Voeckler is at the front but seemingly working in his own pace line.

     

    As Westra is now back with the doctor's car.

  27. 13:33:31 CEST

    He's got some cuts and scrapes on his right arm but he should make it through today's stage. He's with a teammate who will help bring him back to the peloton.

  28. 40km remaining from 191km

    13:33:57 CEST

    40km remaining at the gap is now down to 2'42.

  29. 13:39:23 CEST

    QucikStep have posted a man on the front to help with the pace setting. The peloton is starting to fracture on the climb though and they'll be looking to test the legs of the race leader and set up Meersman up for the win.

  30. 13:39:58 CEST

    Veilleux has slipped back a few places but is still within the peloton.

  31. 13:40:22 CEST

    Talansky is having another tough day in the saddle and has slipped off the back.

  32. 35km remaining from 191km

    13:44:47 CEST

    The four leaders have had their advantage cut to 1'21.

  33. 13:46:17 CEST

    QuickStep continue to set the pace on the front of the peloton. Their work has seen a number of riders dropped, including Thor Hushovd.

  34. 13:48:28 CEST

    Chavanel on the front at the moment and he's reduced the gap to 59 seconds pretty much all on his own. He's four teammates lined up behind him too.

  35. 13:49:25 CEST

    The four leaders have started to attack each other Molard the first to make a move.

  36. 13:50:01 CEST

    The Cofidis rider has a small gap but with the peloton at just 44 seconds it's an impossible task.

  37. 13:52:38 CEST

    The rest of the break has sat up but Molard is still pushing on alone. He's got a gap of 48 seconds as he tackles the final climb.

  38. 13:57:31 CEST

    Molard has pushed his lead out to 57 seconds now with Omega easing off slightly.

  39. 14:00:30 CEST

    More riders are being dropped by the QuickStep led peloton. Apologies Molard still has one final climb to go. Cannondale have moved up at the front of the peloton to join QuickStep.


    Sky look comfortable at the moment too, with their riders lined out with Froome in touch.

  40. 14:01:53 CEST

    Flecha has now attacked from the bunch and there's been a reaction from a RadioShack rider.

  41. 14:02:40 CEST

    I think that's Laurent Didier from RadioShack.

  42. 14:02:53 CEST

    The lone leader has 44 seconds with 23km to go.

  43. 14:03:24 CEST

    There's a crash in the field with a Sky and Cannondale rider in trouble.

  44. 14:04:00 CEST

    Didier can't quite make it up to Flecha's wheel as Molard begins the descent towards the final climb.

  45. 14:04:19 CEST

    Didier has blown and Flecha is about to be caught by the bunch too.

  46. 22km remaining from 191km

    14:05:37 CEST

    22km to go and Molard has just 29 seconds.

  47. 14:08:23 CEST

    Voeckler is now setting the pace for his team. The gap has dropped to just 14 seconds.

  48. 14:12:20 CEST

    Molard is about to be caught with 15km to go.

  49. 14:13:46 CEST

    And Voeckler continues to lead the peloton as they approach the final climb of the stage. It will be interesting to see if any of the GC contenders make a move.

  50. 14:16:47 CEST

    Stannard is dropped, a number of others in the same position as Sky now put a man on the front of the peloton for Froome.

  51. 14:17:06 CEST

    Omega are looking to set a steady tempo for a sprint.

  52. 14:18:07 CEST

    There's an attack from Movistar but it's fairly timid.

  53. 14:18:55 CEST

    Gerrans has also been dropped.  That's a bit of a surprise, even though he did struggle yesterday.

  54. 14:20:15 CEST

    Santaromita now leads the race with a dig of his own. Taaramae goes right passed him though and is clear. That's a good move from the Cofidis rider.

  55. 14:20:49 CEST

    Taaramae is out of the saddle and goes over the top of the climb with a handful of seconds.

  56. 14:21:13 CEST

    Slagter has been dropped too.

  57. 14:21:43 CEST

    And Taaramae almost loses it on the descent, just managing to keep the bike on the road.

  58. 14:22:10 CEST

    Omega, Astana and Sky are doing the chasing back  in the bunch.

  59. 14:25:23 CEST

    Taaramae continues to lead with 7km to go. The gap is 14 seconds. Now Chavanel moves to the front to try and shut the move down.

  60. 14:26:43 CEST

    He's not the cleanest descender but he's giving it everything as Chavanel briefly drops the bunch. The gap is now 11 seconds with 5km to go.

  61. 14:27:44 CEST

    Chavanel checks back to see the gap he's created. He'll have to ease up slightly but the gap is down to 9 seconds.

  62. 14:28:02 CEST

    Chavanel has eased up, finally.

  63. 14:28:35 CEST

    Taaramae has to use this hesitation to push on and create a gap of around 20 seconds. Cannondale are now leading the bunch. Is Viviani still  in the bunch?

  64. 14:30:00 CEST

    Less than 2km to go and Taaramae is caught.

  65. 14:30:46 CEST

    Gallopin is here, Thomas too, and Meersman. Matthews is near the front as well. with 1km to go .

  66. 14:31:07 CEST

    It;s going to be a chaotic sprint.

  67. 14:31:16 CEST

    600 to go

  68. 14:31:36 CEST

    Meersman is in third, Vivianni in fifth.

  69. 14:32:05 CEST

    Meersman opens the sprint but it looks like he's gone too early.

  70. 14:32:24 CEST

    Viviani comes through and he's going to take the win.

  71. 14:32:52 CEST

    Viviani takes the stage and Meersman has to settle for second.

  72. 14:33:54 CEST

    Veilleux finished in the main field and will keep yellow. Slagter is just coming to the line now so he'll be out of the white jersey.

  73. 14:42:00 CEST

    1 Elia Viviani (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling
    2 Gianni Meersman (Bel) Omega Pharma-QuickStep
    3 Tony Gallopin (Fra) RadioShack Leopard
    General classification
    1 David Veilleux (Can) Team Europcar
    2 Gianni Meersman (Bel) Omega Pharma-QuickStep 00:01:56
    3 Tony Gallopin (Fra) RadioShack Leopard 00:01:57

  74. 14:43:37 CEST

    Thanks for joining us today. You can find our report, images and results, right here.