Lasse Norman wins bunch sprint for stage 2

Denmark's Hansen Lasse Norman wins the second stage of the Coupe des Nations – Ville de Saguenay

Denmark's Hansen Lasse Norman wins the second stage of the Coupe des Nations – Ville de Saguenay (Image credit: Laurent Dubrule)

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.

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Stage 2 results
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Hansen Lasse Norman (Den) Danemark3:44:23
2Guillaume Bonnet (Fra) FranceRow 1 - Cell 2
3Gianluca Leonardi (Ita) ItalieRow 2 - Cell 2
4Christopher Juul-Jensen (Den) Danemark0:00:02
5Sebastian Lander (Den) Danemark0:00:30
6Nicola Boem (Ita) ItalieRow 5 - Cell 2
7Emilien Viennet (Fra) FranceRow 6 - Cell 2
8Asbjørn Kragh Andersen (Den) DanemarkRow 7 - Cell 2
9Arman Kamyshev (Kaz) KazakhstanRow 8 - Cell 2
10Klemen Stimulak (Slo) SlovénieRow 9 - Cell 2
11Arvin Moazemi (Iri) MixteUCIRow 10 - Cell 2
12Hugo Houle (Can) CanadaRow 11 - Cell 2
13Romain Guillemois (Fra) FranceRow 12 - Cell 2
14Jimmi Sørensen (Den) DanemarkRow 13 - Cell 2
15Natnael Berhane (Eri) MixteUCIRow 14 - Cell 2
16Artis Pujats (Lat) LetonieRow 15 - Cell 2
17Marcel Meisen (Ger) AllemagneRow 16 - Cell 2
18Tanner Putt (USA) Etats-UnisRow 17 - Cell 2
19Nathan Brown (USA) Etats-UnisRow 18 - Cell 2
20Tsgabu Grmay (Eth) MixteUCIRow 19 - Cell 2
21Adžs Flaksis (Lat) LetonieRow 20 - Cell 2
22Warren Barguil (Fra) FranceRow 21 - Cell 2
23Miras Bederbekov (Kaz) KazakhstanRow 22 - Cell 2
24Jesper Hansen (Den) DanemarkRow 23 - Cell 2
25Pavel Gorenc (Slo) SlovénieRow 24 - Cell 2
26Janis Dakteris (Lat) LetonieRow 25 - Cell 2
27Yauheni Patenka (Blr) MixteUCI0:00:55
28Arnaud Demare (Fra) FranceRow 27 - Cell 2
29Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) ItalieRow 28 - Cell 2
30Jimmy Turgis (Fra) FranceRow 29 - Cell 2
31Fabian Thiel (Ger) AllemagneRow 30 - Cell 2
32Vladislav Gorbunov (Kaz) KazakhstanRow 31 - Cell 2
33Mario Vogt (Ger) AllemagneRow 32 - Cell 2
34Gavin Mannion (USA) Etats-UnisRow 33 - Cell 2
35Youcef Reguigui (Alg) MixteUCI0:01:43
36Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz) Kazakhstan0:01:45
37Simon Lambert-Lemay (Can) CanadaRow 36 - Cell 2
38Daniil Fominykh (Kaz) KazakhstanRow 37 - Cell 2
39Antoine Duchesne (Can) CanadaRow 38 - Cell 2
40Simon Nuber (Ger) AllemagneRow 39 - Cell 2
41Max Walsleben (Ger) AllemagneRow 40 - Cell 2
42Stuart Wight (Can) CanadaRow 41 - Cell 2
43Ilya Davidenok (Kaz) KazakhstanRow 42 - Cell 2
44Jani Music (Slo) SlovénieRow 43 - Cell 2
45Yannick Mayer (Ger) AllemagneRow 44 - Cell 2
46Roman Dronin (Uzb) MixteUCIRow 45 - Cell 2
47Evan Huffman (USA) Etats-UnisRow 46 - Cell 2
48Massimo Coledan (Ita) Italie0:01:52
49Ryan Eastman (USA) Etats-Unis0:02:25
50Armands Becis (Lat) Letonie0:03:14
51Owen Harrison (Can) CanadaRow 50 - Cell 2
52Robert Jenko (Slo) SlovénieRow 51 - Cell 2
53Maxim Razumov (Rus) Russie0:04:20
54Maxim Pokidov (Rus) RussieRow 53 - Cell 2
55Roman Katyrin (Rus) RussieRow 54 - Cell 2
56David Boily (Can) CanadaRow 55 - Cell 2
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) ItalieRow 60 - Cell 2
62Alder Torres Yuman (Gua) Guatemala0:15:09
63Walter Filad Escobar López (Gua) Guatemala0:15:20
64Aljaz Hocevar (Slo) SlovénieRow 63 - Cell 2
DNFAldo Lore Zamora Arriaza (Gua) GuatemalaRow 64 - Cell 2
DNFLoris Paoli (Ita) ItalieRow 65 - Cell 2

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