Poland's Gucwa claims scorcher of a stage

Mars moves into yellow through time bonuses

Zbigniew Gucwa claimed the scorching second stage of the Tour du Faso, while Laurent Mars moved into the yellow jersey. Gucwa sprinted to victory over a greatly diminished peloton in a race of attrition. Burkina Faso placed two riders in the first four, coming ever-closer to winning on home soil.

Stage two followed much of the same route as stage 1, travelling in the opposite direction to return to Ouagadougou, the capital city, before continuing to the finish in Ziniaré. Despite starting in the cool morning, temperatures quickly exceeded 40 degrees Celsius (104 Fahrenheit) as the peloton sped along the flat roads of northern Burkina Faso.

Leading into the first intermediate sprint, the field split into several smaller groups. A selection of seven riders went clear after the sprint. With good representation from the African teams, the small peloton allowed the breakaway to achieve a gap that fluctuated between one and two minutes.

The seven riders arrived in Ouagadougou to thunderous applause from the hometown crowd that lined the streets of the sprawling capital. A Burkina Faso rider claimed the intermediate sprint in downtown Ouagadougou.

The peloton also put on a show for the crowd, accelerating single-file through the dusty streets. As riders continued to drop from the peloton, the breakaway was absorbed between Ouagadougou and Ziniaré.

Approaching the finish Jérémy Burton (Belgium) made an audacious solo attempt. He crossed the red banner solo with 1k to go. Zbigniew Gucwa launched a long sprint 500 meters before the line, passing Burton and accelerating ahead of the Burkina National Team’s valiant effort to claim victory.

The Polish sprinter riding for the French composite Team Reine Blanche had time to raise his hands as he crossed the line ahead of Rasmané Ouedraogo (Burkina Faso National Team) and Laurent Mars (Belgium). Although yellow jersey Peter Van Agtmaal (Holland) finished in fifth position, Mars claimed the yellow jersey through time bonuses, while Rasmané Ouedraogo retained the jersey of Best African Rider.

Sunday’s third stage will be the longest of the 2010 Tour du Faso, covering 163.5km from Kaya to Dori. Featuring two sections of unpaved piste, the stage may present an opportunity for the local teams who are accustomed West Africa’s challenging roads.

Full Results
1Zbigniew Gucwa (Pol)3:39:59 
2Rasmane Ouedraogo (Bur) Burkina Faso  
3Laurent Mars (Bel) Belgium  
4Hamidou Yameogo (Bur) Burkina Faso  
5Peter Van Agtmaal (Ned) Netherlands  
6Christophe Premont (Bel) Belgium  
7Joris De Boer (Ned) Netherlands  
8Damien Leguay (Fra)  
9Bassirou Kante (CIv) Ivory Coast  
10Damien Tekou (Cmr) Cameroon  
11Becaye Traore (Sen) Senegal  
12Julien Schick (Fra)  
13Ngock Yves Ngue (Cmr) Cameroon  
14Ben Zakalia Fofana (CIv) Ivory Coast  
15Jocelyn Lemperriere (Fra)  
16Abdul Wahab Sawadogo (Bur)  
17Wim Botman (Ned) Netherlands  
18Joseph Sanda (Cmr) Cameroon  
19Guillaume Soula (Fra)  
20Oumarou Minoungou (Bur)  
21Laurent Zongo (Bur)  
22Yacouba Yameogo (Bur)  
23Guillaume Tourret (Fra)  
24Clovis Guewa (Cmr) Cameroon  
25Noufou Minoungou (Bur) Burkina Faso  
26Jérémy Burton (Bel) Belgium  
27Idissa Ouedraogo (Bur)0:00:13 
28Harouna Ilboudo (Bur)0:00:27 
29Sawadogo (Bur)0:01:51 
30Siaka Mariko (Mli) Mali  
31Martinien Tega (Cmr) Cameroon  
32Leander Schreurs (Ned) Netherlands0:01:52 
33Rabaki Jeremie Ouedraogo (Bur) Burkina Faso  
34Massamba Diouf (Sen) Senegal  
35Saidou Tall (Bur) Burkina Faso0:02:50 
36Boukare Kagambega (Bur)  
37Gueswende Sawadogo (Bur) Burkina Faso  
38Abdou Sokondo (Bur)  
39Hamidou Diarra (Mli) Mali0:03:36 
40Bolodigui Ouattara (CIv) Ivory Coast  
41Moustapha Diaw (Sen) Senegal  
42Tidiani Sanogo (Mli) Mali  
43Etienne Tarbagdo (Bur)  
44Sébastien Destruel (Fra)  
45Oumar Sangaré (Mli) Mali  
46Mounir Khalil (Fra)0:07:32 
47Dodji Toulassi (Tog) Togo  
48Inoussa Guébré (CIv) Ivory Coast  
49Nicolas Chadefaux (Fra)  
50Augustin Amoussouvi (Ben) Benin0:09:56 
51Mbaye Mor Diop (Sen) Senegal  
52Rob Mud (Ned) Netherlands  
53Nkama Kouamé (CIv) Ivory Coast  
54Fabrice Goutaudier (Fra)  
55Malik Thiam (Sen) Senegal  
56Cédric Chartier (Fra)  
57Bram Delie (Bel) Belgium0:10:50 
58Abdoul Aziz Nikiema (Bur)  
59Edem Daku (Tog) Togo0:13:38 
60Saliou N'dour (Sen) Senegal0:15:13 
61Johan Procee (Ned) Netherlands  
62Dorian Albouy (Fra)0:15:31 
63Benjamin Trouche (Fra)  
64Aubiege Soglo (Ben) Benin0:15:49 
65Abdoulaye Roamba (Bur)0:20:53 
66Mamadou Coulibaly (CIv) Ivory Coast0:22:35 
67Géoffrey Decarvalho (Fra)  
68Simeon Green (GBr)  
69Chadas Kakpo (Ben) Benin0:32:36 
70Yacouba Togola (Mli) Mali0:47:25 
71Armand Kossavoun (Ben) Benin0:51:41 
72Kowouvi Dossouvi (Tog) Togo  
73Flaubert Douanla (Cmr) Cameroon  
74Michel Awounou (Tog) Togo  
75Alphonse Ntcha Mpo (Ben) Benin0:56:36 
76Kokouvil Apedo (Tog) Togo1:00:18 
77Arnaud Dehorgue (Fra)  
DNFJérôme Gilbert (Bel) Belgium  
DNFMawulil Deh (Tog) Togo  
DNFAdrien Massanet (Fra)  
General classification after stage 2
1Laurent Mars (Bel) Belgium7:01:40 
2Peter Van Agtmaal (Ned) Netherlands  
3Guillaume Soula (Fra)0:00:06 
4Zbigniew Gucwa (Pol)0:00:56 
5Christophe Premont (Bel) Belgium0:01:12 
6Rasmane Ouedraogo (Bur) Burkina Faso0:01:13 
7Hamidou Yameogo (Bur) Burkina Faso0:01:16 
8Damien Tekou (Cmr) Cameroon0:01:17 
9Damien Leguay (Fra)0:01:19 
10Clovis Guewa (Cmr) Cameroon  
11Julien Schick (Fra)0:01:20 
12Bassirou Kante (CIv) Ivory Coast  
13Ngock Yves Ngue (Cmr) Cameroon  
14Wim Botman (Ned) Netherlands  
15Abdul Wahab Sawadogo (Bur)  
16Oumarou Minoungou (Bur)  
17Noufou Minoungou (Bur) Burkina Faso  
18Becaye Traore (Sen) Senegal0:08:37 
19Jérémy Burton (Bel) Belgium0:08:50 
20Joris De Boer (Ned) Netherlands0:08:54 
21Jocelyn Lemperriere (Fra)  
22Joseph Sanda (Cmr) Cameroon  
23Laurent Zongo (Bur)  
24Idissa Ouedraogo (Bur)0:09:07 
25Martinien Tega (Cmr) Cameroon0:10:28 
26Siaka Mariko (Mli) Mali0:10:45 
27Leander Schreurs (Ned) Netherlands0:10:46 
28Rabaki Jeremie Ouedraogo (Bur) Burkina Faso  
29Saidou Tall (Bur) Burkina Faso0:11:27 
30Abdou Sokondo (Bur)0:11:35 
31Bolodigui Ouattara (CIv) Ivory Coast0:12:30 
32Etienne Tarbagdo (Bur)  
33Harouna Ilboudo (Bur)0:15:40 
34Guillaume Tourret (Fra)0:17:02 
35Boukare Kagambega (Bur)0:18:03 
36Gueswende Sawadogo (Bur) Burkina Faso  
37Moustapha Diaw (Sen) Senegal0:18:49 
38Cédric Chartier (Fra)0:18:50 
39Abdoul Aziz Nikiema (Bur)0:19:43 
40Ben Zakalia Fofana (CIv) Ivory Coast0:22:09 
41Yacouba Yameogo (Bur)0:22:10 
42Massamba Diouf (Sen) Senegal0:24:00 
43Sawadogo (Bur)0:24:01 
44Benjamin Trouche (Fra)0:24:25 
45Abdoulaye Roamba (Bur)0:25:05 
46Sébastien Destruel (Fra)0:25:46 
47Nicolas Chadefaux (Fra)0:29:42 
48Mamadou Coulibaly (CIv) Ivory Coast0:31:29 
49Rob Mud (Ned) Netherlands0:32:06 
50Malik Thiam (Sen) Senegal  
51Fabrice Goutaudier (Fra)  
52Tidiani Sanogo (Mli) Mali0:32:13 
53Bram Delie (Bel) Belgium0:33:00 
54Oumar Sangaré (Mli) Mali0:37:20 
55Johan Procee (Ned) Netherlands0:37:23 
56Aubiege Soglo (Ben) Benin0:37:59 
57Mbaye Mor Diop (Sen) Senegal0:38:33 
58Augustin Amoussouvi (Ben) Benin  
59Hamidou Diarra (Mli) Mali0:40:35 
60Dodji Toulassi (Tog) Togo0:41:16 
61Inoussa Guébré (CIv) Ivory Coast  
62Nkama Kouamé (CIv) Ivory Coast0:43:40 
63Saliou N'dour (Sen) Senegal0:43:50 
64Géoffrey Decarvalho (Fra)0:44:45 
65Simeon Green (GBr)  
66Mounir Khalil (Fra)0:45:59 
67Edem Daku (Tog) Togo0:47:22 
68Dorian Albouy (Fra)0:52:30 
69Flaubert Douanla (Cmr) Cameroon1:00:35 
70Yacouba Togola (Mli) Mali1:09:35 
71Chadas Kakpo (Ben) Benin1:10:06 
72Kowouvi Dossouvi (Tog) Togo1:28:40 
73Michel Awounou (Tog) Togo  
74Armand Kossavoun (Ben) Benin1:29:11 
75Alphonse Ntcha Mpo (Ben) Benin1:30:20 
76Kokouvil Apedo (Tog) Togo1:37:48 
77Arnaud Dehorgue (Fra)1:41:37 
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