Frenchman seizes lead in crash-marred Catalunya

Frenchman Cyril Dessel

Frenchman Cyril Dessel (Image credit: JF Quenet)

Frenchman Cyril Dessel claimed the "queen" stage of the Volta a Catalunya in a spectacular solo bid which also earned him the overall race lead after stage two. On the 191.9 kilometre mountainous journey from Banyoles to La Seu d'Urgell, the 33 year-old climber from the AG2R-La Mondiale made a select group of contenders from a peloton shattered by the hors categorie Alt de Pedraforca and the short, steep ramp of the Alt de Josa del Cadí. He then used the final descent from to launch his race-winning move after the two remaining riders of the day's breakaway crashed.

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