Nacer Bouhanni sprinted to victory on the second stage of the Critérium du Dauphiné in Parc des Oiseaux Villars-les-Dombes on Monday. The Cofidis rider held off a charging Samuel Dumoulin (AG2R-La Mondiale) to take a clear win with Sacha Modolo (Lampre-Merida) taking third.
"It’s all about my team they couldn’t have done more. I’m happy for everybody. I knew that I could trust my teammates and I just had to give it everything in the finish," Bouhanni said.
Edvald Boasson Hagen picked up the sprint after being led into the final kilometre by his MTN-Qhubeka teammates. The Norwegian had gone too early though and Bouhanni spotted a gap between Boasson Hagen and the chasing Modolo. The Frenchman made it through before the door was closed on him and immediately pulled out a gap.
Dumoulin put on a late charge down the left of the finishing straight but he was no match for Bouhanni and had to settle for second. The victory is Bouhanni’s first at the WorldTour level since moving to Cofidis at the start of this season.
Peter Kennaugh (Team Sky) remains in the leader’s jersey, two seconds ahead of Modolo.
How it happened
As soon as the flag dropped the riders were faced with the second-category Col du Chat, so it was no surprise to see polka dot jersey wearer Daniel Teklehaimanot (MTN-Qhubeka) in an early break. He went clear with Arnaud Coureille (FDJ), who started the move, and Perrig Quéméneur (Europcar), and swept up maximum points over the summit.
The trio then proceeded to extend their lead over the peloton, dragging it out to over five minutes by the time they reached the second, unclassified, climb of the day.
As they started the main feature of the stage, the first-category climb of the Col de Cuvéry, they had 6:45 but that was reduced by more than a minute by the time they had crested. Teklehaimanot was once again first over and picked up a further 10 points in the mountains classficiation.
As the peloton set about reeling in the escapees there was a crash with just under 80km remaining. Laurent Pichon (FDJ), Alessandro Vanotti (Astana) and Stephen Cummings (MTN-Qhubeka) were all involved, with Pichon forced to abandon the race.
As the road continued downhill the gap fell steadily, but there was another crash in the peloton, which had Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha) and a few others frantically trying to get back on.
With 15km remaining the gap was down to 1:15, as Cofidis and Lampre-Merida made their presence felt at the front of the bunch, keen to avoid a repeat of yesterday’s breakaway victory.
The catch was made at 3km out and the general classification men made way for the sprinters’ teams. MTN-Qhubeka led Boasson Hagen into the final kilometre but the Norwegian jumped too soon. Bouhanni saw a gap and surged past Sacha Modolo and Boasson Hagen to win by a considerable margin.
|#||Rider Name (Country) Team||Result|
|1||Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits||4:23:46|
|2||Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale||Row 1 - Cell 2|
|3||Sacha Modolo (Ita) Lampre-Merida||Row 2 - Cell 2|
|4||Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) MTN - Qhubeka||Row 3 - Cell 2|
|5||Aleksei Tsatevich (Rus) Team Katusha||Row 4 - Cell 2|
|6||Jonas Vangenechten (Bel) IAM Cycling||Row 5 - Cell 2|
|7||Jens Keukeleire (Bel) Orica GreenEdge||Row 6 - Cell 2|
|8||Ramunas Navardauskas (Ltu) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team||Row 7 - Cell 2|
|9||Yannick Martinez (Fra) Team Europcar||Row 8 - Cell 2|
|10||Luka Mezgec (Slo) Team Giant-Alpecin||Row 9 - Cell 2|
|11||Mickael Delage (Fra) FDJ.fr||Row 10 - Cell 2|
|12||Fumiyuki Beppu (Jpn) Trek Factory Racing||Row 11 - Cell 2|
|13||Tiesj Benoot (Bel) Lotto Soudal||Row 12 - Cell 2|
|14||Dennis Van Winden (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo||Row 13 - Cell 2|
|15||Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Etixx - Quick-Step||Row 14 - Cell 2|
|16||Jay McCarthy (Aus) Tinkoff-Saxo||Row 15 - Cell 2|
|17||Paul Voss (Ger) Bora-Argon 18||Row 16 - Cell 2|
|18||Vicente Reynes (Spa) IAM Cycling||Row 17 - Cell 2|
|19||José Mendes (Por) Bora-Argon 18||Row 18 - Cell 2|
|20||Nathan Haas (Aus) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team||Row 19 - Cell 2|
|21||Tobias Ludvigsson (Swe) Team Giant-Alpecin||Row 20 - Cell 2|
|22||Markel Irizar (Spa) Trek Factory Racing||Row 21 - Cell 2|
|23||Dominik Nerz (Ger) Bora-Argon 18||Row 22 - Cell 2|
|24||Cyril Gautier (Fra) Team Europcar||Row 23 - Cell 2|
|25||Johan Van Summeren (Bel) AG2R La Mondiale||Row 24 - Cell 2|
|26||Peter Kennaugh (GBr) Team Sky||Row 25 - Cell 2|
|27||Ian Stannard (GBr) Team Sky||Row 26 - Cell 2|
|28||George Bennett (NZl) Team LottoNL-Jumbo||Row 27 - Cell 2|
|29||Pawel Poljanski (Pol) Tinkoff-Saxo||Row 28 - Cell 2|
|30||Kristijan Koren (Slo) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team||Row 29 - Cell 2|
|31||Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Astana Pro Team||Row 30 - Cell 2|
|32||Bjorn Thurau (Ger) Bora-Argon 18||Row 31 - Cell 2|
|33||Christian Meier (Can) Orica GreenEdge||Row 32 - Cell 2|
|34||Geoffrey Soupe (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits||Row 33 - Cell 2|
|35||Tiago Machado (Por) Team Katusha||Row 34 - Cell 2|
|36||Rui Costa (Por) Lampre-Merida||Row 35 - Cell 2|
|37||Andrew Talansky (USA) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team||Row 36 - Cell 2|
|38||Gorka Izagirre (Spa) Movistar Team||Row 37 - Cell 2|
|39||Simon Yates (GBr) Orica GreenEdge||Row 38 - Cell 2|
|40||Stef Clement (Ned) IAM Cycling||Row 39 - Cell 2|
|41||Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) Etixx - Quick-Step||Row 40 - Cell 2|
|42||Mikael Cherel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale||Row 41 - Cell 2|
|43||Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team||Row 42 - Cell 2|
|44||Martin Velits (Svk) Etixx - Quick-Step||Row 43 - Cell 2|
|45||Alex Dowsett (GBr) Movistar Team||Row 44 - Cell 2|
|46||Bruno Pires (Por) Tinkoff-Saxo||Row 45 - Cell 2|
|47||Christopher Froome (GBr) Team Sky||Row 46 - Cell 2|
|48||Gatis Smukulis (Lat) Team Katusha||Row 47 - Cell 2|
|49||Reto Hollenstein (Swi) IAM Cycling||Row 48 - Cell 2|
|50||Mathias Frank (Swi) IAM Cycling||Row 49 - Cell 2|
|51||Simon Gerrans (Aus) Orica GreenEdge||Row 50 - Cell 2|
|52||Manuel Quinziato (Ita) BMC Racing Team||Row 51 - Cell 2|
|53||Jos Van Emden (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo||Row 52 - Cell 2|
|54||Kévin Reza (Fra) FDJ.fr||Row 53 - Cell 2|
|55||David Tanner (Aus) IAM Cycling||Row 54 - Cell 2|
|56||Marcel Wyss (Swi) IAM Cycling||Row 55 - Cell 2|
|57||Daniel Oss (Ita) BMC Racing Team||Row 56 - Cell 2|
|58||Tony Martin (Ger) Etixx - Quick-Step||Row 57 - Cell 2|
|59||John Gadret (Fra) Movistar Team||Row 58 - Cell 2|
|60||Christophe Laporte (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits||Row 59 - Cell 2|
|61||Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto Soudal||Row 60 - Cell 2|
|62||Bart De Clercq (Bel) Lotto Soudal||Row 61 - Cell 2|
|63||Ben Gastauer (Lux) AG2R La Mondiale||Row 62 - Cell 2|
|64||Serge Pauwels (Bel) MTN - Qhubeka||Row 63 - Cell 2|
|65||Jarlinson Pantano (Col) IAM Cycling||Row 64 - Cell 2|
|66||Sebastian Langeveld (Ned) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team||Row 65 - Cell 2|
|67||Tony Gallopin (Fra) Lotto Soudal||Row 66 - Cell 2|
|68||Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) Tinkoff-Saxo||Row 67 - Cell 2|
|69||Bryan Nauleau (Fra) Team Europcar||Row 68 - Cell 2|
|70||Evgeny Petrov (Rus) Tinkoff-Saxo||Row 69 - Cell 2|
|71||Martijn Keizer (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo||Row 70 - Cell 2|
|72||Nelson Oliveira (Por) Lampre-Merida||Row 71 - Cell 2|
|73||Jesper Hansen (Den) Tinkoff-Saxo||Row 72 - Cell 2|
|74||Rafael Valls Ferri (Spa) Lampre-Merida||Row 73 - Cell 2|
|75||Niki Terpstra (Ned) Etixx - Quick-Step||Row 74 - Cell 2|
|76||Joseph Rosskopf (USA) BMC Racing Team||Row 75 - Cell 2|
|77||Cristiano Salerno (Ita) Bora-Argon 18||Row 76 - Cell 2|
|78||Rohan Dennis (Aus) BMC Racing Team||Row 77 - Cell 2|
|79||Michele Scarponi (Ita) Astana Pro Team||Row 78 - Cell 2|
|80||Louis Meintjes (RSA) MTN - Qhubeka||Row 79 - Cell 2|
|81||Jacques Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) MTN - Qhubeka|