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Etoile de Bessèges: Dupont wins crash-marred stage 2

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LA CALMETTE FRANCE FEBRUARY 04 Arrival Timothy Dupont Belgium and Team Bingoal WB Pierre Barbier of France and Team DELKO Giacomo Nizzolo of Italy and Team Qhubeka ASSOS Rudy Barbier of France and Team Israel StartUp Nation Christophe Laporte of France and Team Cofidis Solutions Credits Leader Jersey during the 51st toile de Bessges Tour du Gard 2021 Stage 2 a 154km stage from SaintGenis to La Calmette Sprint EDB2020 on February 04 2021 in La Calmette France Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images

Sprint finish in La Calmette was taken by Timothy Dupont of Team Bingoal WB (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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LA CALMETTE FRANCE FEBRUARY 04 Arrival Timothy Dupont Belgium and Team Bingoal WB Pierre Barbier of France and Team DELKO Giacomo Nizzolo of Italy and Team Qhubeka ASSOS Rudy Barbier of France and Team Israel StartUp Nation Christophe Laporte of France and Team Cofidis Solutions Credits Leader Jersey during the 51st toile de Bessges Tour du Gard 2021 Stage 2 a 154km stage from SaintGenis to La Calmette Sprint EDB2020 on February 04 2021 in La Calmette France Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images

Timothy Dupont (Bingoal-Wallonie Bruxelles) wins stage 2 at Etoile de Besseges (Image credit: Getty Images)
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LA CALMETTE FRANCE FEBRUARY 04 Arrival Milan Menten of Belgium and Team Bingoal WB Timothy Dupont Belgium and Team Bingoal WB celebrates Mads Pedersen of Denmark and Team Trek Segafredo during the 51st toile de Bessges Tour du Gard 2021 Stage 2 a 154km stage from SaintGenis to La Calmette EDB2020 on February 04 2021 in La Calmette France Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images

Milan Menten rides alongside stage 2 winner Timothy Dupont of Team Bingoal WB (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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LA CALMETTE FRANCE FEBRUARY 04 Arrival Jordi Meeus of Belgium and Team Bora Hansgrohe White Best Young Jersey during the 51st toile de Bessges Tour du Gard 2021 Stage 2 a 154km stage from SaintGenis to La Calmette Crash Injury Mud EDB2020 on February 04 2021 in La Calmette France Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images

Jordi Meeus of Bora-Hansgrohe wearing the White Best Young Jersey was obviously caught up in one of several crashes near the finish of stage 2 (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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LA CALMETTE FRANCE FEBRUARY 04 Arrival Timothy Dupont Belgium and Team Bingoal WB Pierre Barbier of France and Team DELKO Giacomo Nizzolo of Italy and Team Qhubeka ASSOS Rudy Barbier of France and Team Israel StartUp Nation Christophe Laporte of France and Team Cofidis Solutions Credits Leader Jersey during the 51st toile de Bessges Tour du Gard 2021 Stage 2 a 154km stage from SaintGenis to La Calmette Sprint Public Fans Landscape EDB2020 on February 04 2021 in La Calmette France Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images

Hotly contested sprint finish in La Calmette (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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Etoile de Besseges 2021 51st Edition 2nd stage Saint Genies La Calmette 154 km 04022021 Scenery Crash photo Roberto BettiniBettiniPhoto2021

A crash in a roundabout with 500m to go marred the finish of stage 2 (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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LA CALMETTE FRANCE FEBRUARY 04 Podium Timothy Dupont Belgium and Team Bingoal WB winner of 2nd stage celebrate during the 51st toile de Bessges Tour du Gard 2021 Stage 2 a 154km stage from SaintGenis to La Calmette Trophy Flowers Mask Covid safety measures Hostess EDB2020 on February 04 2021 in La Calmette France Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images

Stage 2 winner on the podium Belgian Timothy Dupont of Team Bingoal WB (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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LA CALMETTE FRANCE FEBRUARY 04 Podium Christophe Laporte of France and Team Cofidis Solutions Credits Orange Leader Jersey celebrate during the 51st toile de Bessges Tour du Gard 2021 Stage 2 a 154km stage from SaintGenis to La Calmette Mask Covid safety measures Trophy Flowers EDB2020 on February 04 2021 in La Calmette France Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images

Christophe Laporte of Team Cofidis Solutions Credits receives Orange Leader Jersey after stage 2 (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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LA CALMETTE FRANCE FEBRUARY 04 Nacer Bouhanni of France and Team Arkea Samsic Yellow Sprint Jersey Bram Welten of Netherlands of France and Team Arkea Samsic during the 51st toile de Bessges Tour du Gard 2021 Stage 2 a 154km stage from SaintGenis to La Calmette EDB2020 on February 04 2021 in La Calmette France Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images

Nacer Bouhanni of Team Arkea Samsic rides stage 2 in Yellow Sprint Jersey (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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LA CALMETTE FRANCE FEBRUARY 04 Giacomo Nizzolo of Italy and Team Qhubeka ASSOS during the 51st toile de Bessges Tour du Gard 2021 Stage 2 a 154km stage from SaintGenis to La Calmette EDB2020 on February 04 2021 in La Calmette France Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images

Giacomo Nizzolo of Team Qhubeka Assos sits fourth on GC after stage 1 (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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LA CALMETTE FRANCE FEBRUARY 04 Ludovic Robeet of Belgium and Team Bingoal WB during the 51st toile de Bessges Tour du Gard 2021 Stage 2 a 154km stage from SaintGenis to La Calmette Breakaway EDB2020 on February 04 2021 in La Calmette France Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images

With less than 44km to go, Belgian Ludovic Robeet of Team Bingoal WB attacked from five-rider breakaway for solo lead (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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LA CALMETTE FRANCE FEBRUARY 04 Ludovic Robeet of Belgium and Team Bingoal WB during the 51st toile de Bessges Tour du Gard 2021 Stage 2 a 154km stage from SaintGenis to La Calmette Breakaway EDB2020 on February 04 2021 in La Calmette France Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images

Ludovic Robeet of Team Bingoal WB took a chance on breakaway, but was caught with under 12km to go (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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LA CALMETTE FRANCE FEBRUARY 04 Egan Arley Bernal Gomez of Colombia and Team INEOS Grenadiers Geraint Thomas of United Kingdom and Team INEOS Grenadiers Salvatore Puccio of Italy and Team INEOS Grenadiers during the 51st toile de Bessges Tour du Gard 2021 Stage 2 a 154km stage from SaintGenis to La Calmette EDB2020 on February 04 2021 in La Calmette France Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images

Egan Bernal at front of Ineos Grenadiers during 154km stage 2 (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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LA CALMETTE FRANCE FEBRUARY 04 Vojtech Repa of Czech Republic and Team Equipo Kern Pharma Alexandre Delettre of France and Team DELKO Ludovic Robeet of Belgium and Team Bingoal WB and Maximilien Picoux of Belgium and Team Xelliss Roubaix Lille Metropole during the 51st toile de Bessges Tour du Gard 2021 Stage 2 a 154km stage from SaintGenis to La Calmette Breakaway EDB2020 on February 04 2021 in La Calmette France Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images

Group of five on breakaway (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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LA CALMETTE FRANCE FEBRUARY 04 Alberto Bettiol of Italy and Team Ef Education Nippo Vincenzo Nibali of Italy and Team Trek Segafredo during the 51st toile de Bessges Tour du Gard 2021 Stage 2 a 154km stage from SaintGenis to La Calmette EDB2020 on February 04 2021 in La Calmette France Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images

Alberto Bettiol of EF Education-Nippo rides just behind Vincenzo Nibali of Team Trek-Segafredo along stage 2 (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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LA CALMETTE FRANCE FEBRUARY 04 Mads Pedersen of Denmark and Team Trek Segafredo during the 51st toile de Bessges Tour du Gard 2021 Stage 2 a 154km stage from SaintGenis to La Calmette EDB2020 on February 04 2021 in La Calmette France Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images

Mads Pedersen of Trek-Segafredo, third in GC after the first day, during stage 2 (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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LA CALMETTE FRANCE FEBRUARY 04 Arrival Michal Kwiatkowski of Poland and Team INEOS Grenadiers during the 51st toile de Bessges Tour du Gard 2021 Stage 2 a 154km stage from SaintGenis to La Calmette EDB2020 on February 04 2021 in La Calmette France Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images

Crossing the finish safely is Michal Kwiatkowski of Ineos Grenadiers (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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LA CALMETTE FRANCE FEBRUARY 04 Arrival Bauke Mollema of Netherlands and Team Trek Segafredo during the 51st toile de Bessges Tour du Gard 2021 Stage 2 a 154km stage from SaintGenis to La Calmette EDB2020 on February 04 2021 in La Calmette France Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images

A safe finish for Trek-Segafredo rider Bauke Mollema (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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LA CALMETTE FRANCE FEBRUARY 04 Tom Bohli of Switzerland and Team Cofidis Solutions Credits Niki Terpstra of Netherlands and Team Total Direct Energie and the peloton during the 51st toile de Bessges Tour du Gard 2021 Stage 2 a 154km stage from SaintGenis to La Calmette Landscape EDB2020 on February 04 2021 in La Calmette France Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images

Scenery along 154km stage 2 of Etoile de Besseges (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Timothy Dupont (Bingoal-Wallonie Bruxelles) claimed victory on stage 2 of the Étoile de Bessèges, winning a sprint after a crash-ridden run-in to La Calmette. The Belgian left it late but surged past Pierre Barbier (Delko) on the right-hand side of the road, as Giacomo Nizzolo (Qhubeka Assos) faded and settled for third. 

They were part of a small group sprinting just after a crash on a roundabout threw the race into disarray in the final 500 metres. Even before then, the narrow roads in the final 10km had created tension and sparked other crashes. 

Christophe Laporte (Cofidis) could only manage fifth on the stage, behind Rudy Barbier (Israel Start-Up Nation) and ahead of Nacer Bouhanni (Arkea-Samsic) but retained his overall lead. 

The 154km stage, based on two loops north west of Nîmes, had passed in quiet fashion, with Ludovic Robeet making it a good day for Bingoal-WB by soloing off the front of the breakaway for 35km. However, once he was caught with 10km to go, it was a nervy run-in to La Calmette on narrow country roads and through small towns. 

The first nasty crash came with 3.5km to go when a ripple in the bunch caused Julien Duval (AG2R Citroën) to hit the deck, along with riders from Ineos, Israel Start-Up Nation and Bora-Hansgrohe. 

However, the major incident came just 500m shy of the finish line when the bunch split either side of a large roundabout. 

Edvald Boasson Hagen (Total Direct Energie), in third wheel on the left, slipped out, taking three others down in the process. The chaos wasn’t over, with Mads Pedersen (Trek-Segafredo) forced diagonally across the road.A Bingoal rider couldn’t avoid him and crashed hard. 

That left just a dozen riders in front to contest the sprint. Nizzolo hit out first, with Bouhanni in the wheel but he was never able to get out of the slipstream. 

Laporte made a better fist of it, and Pierre Barbier came soaring past in the middle, but arriving late with the highest speed of all was Dupont, who roared in delight as he crossed the line. 

“I knew it was a long final stretch. I was in sixth position and thought I’d lost the right moment to go, but then I really came up with speed, so it turned out to be good timing,” he said. 

“20km from the finish it started to get very hectic, until the roundabout. After the roundabout it was ok, for me, but it was very dangerous.”

How it unfolded

There was one non-starter on stage 2, as Michael Valgren had been diagnosed with fractures in his hands following a crash on the opening day, marring his debut with EF Education-Nippo.

Once underway, a breakaway formed with a minimum of fuss, and Robeet was joined by Tony Hurel (St-Michel-Auber 93), Maximilien Picoux (Xelloss-Roubaix Lille Métropole), Alexandre Delettre (Delko), and Vojtech Repa (Equipo Kern Pharma). They opened a lead of four minutes but were allowed no more than that as Cofidis guarded tight control in the peloton. 

After cresting the small climbs of the Côte de Montagnac and Côte de Clarensac, they dipped down to the finish line before embarking on a longer loop that would again take them over the Montagnac. It was this second ascent, with 45km to go, that ignited action in the break. Delettre sprinted for the mountains points, as he had done at the earlier climbs, but was tracked by Robeet, who turned his effort into a solo attack. 

Despite a counter-effort from Repa, he pulled further away, and the others were unable to mount a meaningful chase. By the second passage of the finish line, with 32km to go, Robeet had 1:20 in hand over his former companions, and two minutes over the peloton. 

The intensity was lifted in the bunch inside the final 20km, and Robeet’s lead fell steadily until he was caught with 10km to go. Arkéa-Samsic, Cofidis, Bora-Hansgrohe, B&B Hotels, and Trek-Segafredo were all prominent as position proved all important on the narrow roads, where small splits and spills grew more common. 

Geraint Thomas was also a constant figure near the front, though he had to look after himself rather than Ineos forming a train for the run-in. 

The first major crash came with 3.5km to go when Duval was sent sprawling as a ripple went through the bunch. He took out an Israel rider in the process, while the braking saw riders from Ineos and Bora fall heavily. 

There was another nervy moment when signals went up for traffic furniture in a small village, where one spectator was sat on the pavement with his legs stretched into the road. 

Trek-Segafredo punched their way to the front with 1.5km to go, before Arkéa-Samsic came to the fore for Bouhanni. However, the roundabout sparked further chaos and split the peloton, leaving a select few to sprint it out, and several others to lick their wounds.

Full Results
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Timothy Dupont (Bel) Bingoal WB 3:35:15
2Pierre Barbier (Fra) Delko
3Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) Team Qhubeka Assos
4Rudy Barbier (Fra) Israel Start-up Nation
5Christophe Laporte (Fra) Cofidis
6Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) Team Arkea-Samsic
7Marc Sarreau (Fra) AG2R Citroën Team
8Gerben Thijssen (Bel) Lotto Soudal
9Silvan Dillier (Swi) Alpecin-Fenix
10Edward Theuns (Bel) Trek-Segafredo
11Bryan Coquard (Fra) B&B Hotels p/b KTM
12Emiel Vermeulen (Bel) Xelliss-Roubaix Lille Metropole
13Tim Merlier (Bel) Alpecin-Fenix
14Matteo Pelucchi (Ita) Team Qhubeka Assos
15Jonas Koch (Ger) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux
16Milan Menten (Bel) Bingoal WB
17Sean Bennett (USA) Team Qhubeka Assos
18Eduard-Michael Grosu (Rom) Delko
19Julius van den Berg (Ned) EF Education-Nippo
20Jason Tesson (Fra) St Michel-Auber 93
21Stefano Oldani (Ita) Lotto Soudal
22Jonas Rutsch (Ger) EF Education-Nippo
23Alberto Bettiol (Ita) EF Education-Nippo
24Jake Stewart (GBr) Groupama-FDJ
25Lukasz Wisniowski (Pol) Team Qhubeka Assos
26Tobias Bayer (Aut) Alpecin-Fenix
27Roger Adria Oliveras (Spa) Equipo Kern Pharma
28Michael Gogl (Aut) Team Qhubeka Assos
29Clément Carisey (Fra) Delko
30Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) AG2R Citroën Team
31Pierre Latour (Fra) Total Direct Energie
32Raul Garcia Pierna (Spa) Equipo Kern Pharma
33Oliver Naesen (Bel) AG2R Citroën Team
34Anthony Turgis (Fra) Total Direct Energie
35Lukasz Owsian (Pol) Team Arkea-Samsic
36Ivan Centrone (Lux) Xelliss-Roubaix Lille Metropole
37Alexis Gougeard (Fra) AG2R Citroën Team
38Johan le Bon (Fra) Cambodia Cycling Academy
39Lawrence Naesen (Bel) AG2R Citroën Team
40Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Trek-Segafredo
41August Jensen (Nor) Delko
42Otto Vergaerde (Bel) Alpecin-Fenix
43Filippo Ganna (Ita) Ineos Grenadiers
44Benjamin Thomas (Fra) Groupama-FDJ
45Flavien Maurelet (Fra) St Michel-Auber 93
46Morné Van Niekerk (RSA) St Michel-Auber 93
47Dylan Kowalski (Fra) Xelliss-Roubaix Lille Metropole
48Jenthe Biermans (Bel) Israel Start-up Nation
49Salvatore Puccio (Ita) Ineos Grenadiers
50Yoann Paillot (Fra) St Michel-Auber 93
51Cyril Barthe (Fra) B&B Hotels p/b KTM
52Ryan Mullen (Irl) Trek-Segafredo
53Brent Van Moer (Bel) Lotto Soudal
54Jérémy Lecroq (Fra) B&B Hotels p/b KTM
55Alex Kirsch (Lux) Trek-Segafredo
56Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Lotto Soudal
57Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto Soudal
58Geraint Thomas (GBr) Ineos Grenadiers
59Samuel Leroux (Fra) Xelliss-Roubaix Lille Metropole
60Evaldas Siskevicius (Ltu) Delko
61Senne Leysen (Bel) Alpecin-Fenix
62Nils Politt (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe
63Alexys Brunel (Fra) Groupama-FDJ
64Odd Christian Eiking (Nor) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux
65Rein Taaramäe (Est) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux
66Andreas Kron (Den) Lotto Soudal
67Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek-Segafredo
68Adrien Petit (Fra) Total Direct Energie
69Théo Delacroix (Fra) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux
70Jens Debusschere (Bel) B&B Hotels p/b KTM
71Valentin Tabellion (Fra) Xelliss-Roubaix Lille Metropole
72Alexandre Delettre (Fra) Delko
73Joel Suter (Swi) Bingoal WB
74Connor Swift (GBr) Team Arkea-Samsic
75Mads Würtz Schmidt (Den) Israel Start-up Nation
76Louis Louvet (Fra) St Michel-Auber 93
77Romain Cardis (Fra) St Michel-Auber 93
78Tom Paquot (Bel) Bingoal WB
79Simon Clarke (Aus) Team Qhubeka Assos
80Ben Hermans (Bel) Israel Start-up Nation
81Arjen Livyns (Bel) Bingoal WB
82Felix Grossschartner (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe
83Tony Hurel (Fra) St Michel-Auber 93
84Urko Berrade Fernandez (Spa) Equipo Kern Pharma
85Owain Doull (GBr) Ineos Grenadiers
86Egan Bernal Gomez (Col) Ineos Grenadiers
87Mauro Finetto (Ita) Delko
88Sam Gaze (NZl) Alpecin-Fenix
89Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) Israel Start-up Nation
90Piet Allegaert (Bel) Cofidis
91Quentin Pacher (Fra) B&B Hotels p/b KTM
92Fabian Lienhard (Swi) Groupama-FDJ
93Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Ineos Grenadiers
94John Degenkolb (Ger) Lotto Soudal
95Daniel McLay (GBr) Team Arkea-Samsic
96Marti Marquez Roman (Spa) Equipo Kern Pharma 0:00:37
97Francisco Galvan Fernandez (Spa) Equipo Kern Pharma
98Boy van Poppel (Ned) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux
99Samy Aurignac (Fra) Cambodia Cycling Academy
100Jean-Pierre Drucker (Lux) Cofidis
101Rigoberto Uran (Col) EF Education-Nippo
102Sebastian Langeveld (Ned) EF Education-Nippo
103Lars van den Berg (Ned) Groupama-FDJ 0:00:42
104Romain Seigle (Fra) Groupama-FDJ 0:00:43
105Alexis Renard (Fra) Israel Start-up Nation
106Jens Keukeleire (Bel) EF Education-Nippo
107Clément Russo (Fra) Team Arkea-Samsic 0:01:23
108Bram Welten (Ned) Team Arkea-Samsic
109Barry Miller (USA) Cambodia Cycling Academy 0:01:23
110Enrique Sanz Unzue (Spa) Equipo Kern Pharma
111Emmanuel Morin (Fra) Cofidis
112Ludovic Robeet (Bel) Bingoal WB
113Vojtech Repa (Cze) Equipo Kern Pharma 0:01:47
114Dries De Bondt (Bel) Alpecin-Fenix 0:01:49
115Geoffrey Soupe (Fra) Total Direct Energie 0:01:51
116Anthoine Berlin (Mon) Cambodia Cycling Academy
117Niki Terpstra (Ned) Total Direct Energie
118Anthony Perez (Fra) Cofidis
119William Bonnet (Fra) Groupama-FDJ
120Kevin Reza (Fra) B&B Hotels p/b KTM
121Matis Louvel (Fra) Team Arkea-Samsic 0:01:54
122Mads Pedersen (Den) Trek-Segafredo
123Mattias Jensen (Den) Trek-Segafredo 0:02:03
124Christopher Lawless (GBr) Total Direct Energie
125Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Total Direct Energie
126Frederik Wandahl (Den) Bora-Hansgrohe
127Tom Devriendt (Bel) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux 0:03:00
128Christopher Lamaille (Fra) Cambodia Cycling Academy 0:03:01
129Tom Bohli (Swi) Cofidis 0:03:03
130Pascal Ackermann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe
131Jordi Meeus (Bel) Bora-Hansgrohe
132Lukas Pöstlberger (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe
133Maximilien Picoux (Bel) Xelliss-Roubaix Lille Metropole 0:03:07
134Cyril Lemoine (Fra) B&B Hotels p/b KTM 0:03:29
135Kenneth Vanbilsen (Bel) Cofidis
136Guillaume Boivin (Can) Israel Start-up Nation 0:03:51
137Damien Touze (Fra) AG2R Citroën Team
138Patrick Gamper (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe 0:05:16
139Julien Duval (Fra) AG2R Citroën Team 0:05:30
140Ethan Hayter (GBr) Ineos Grenadiers 0:09:26
141Danny van Poppel (Ned) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux
142Boris Vallee (Bel) Bingoal WB
DNSMichael Valgren (Den) EF Education-Nippo
DNSAndreas Nielsen (Den) Team Qhubeka Assos

Sprint 1, km 64.3
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Maximilien Picoux (Bel) Xelliss-Roubaix Lille Metropole 6
2Ludovic Robeet (Bel) Bingoal WB 4
3Tony Hurel (Fra) St Michel-Auber 93 2

Sprint 2, km 121.7
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Ludovic Robeet (Bel) Bingoal WB 6
2Tony Hurel (Fra) St Michel-Auber 93 4
3Alexandre Delettre (Fra) Delko 2

Points
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Timothy Dupont (Bel) Bingoal WB 25
2Pierre Barbier (Fra) Delko 20
3Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) Team Qhubeka Assos 16
4Rudy Barbier (Fra) Israel Start-up Nation 14
5Christophe Laporte (Fra) Cofidis 12
6Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) Team Arkea-Samsic 10
7Marc Sarreau (Fra) AG2R Citroën Team 9
8Gerben Thijssen (Bel) Lotto Soudal 8
9Silvan Dillier (Swi) Alpecin-Fenix 7
10Edward Theuns (Bel) Trek-Segafredo 6
11Bryan Coquard (Fra) B&B Hotels p/b KTM 5
12Emiel Vermeulen (Bel) Xelliss-Roubaix Lille Metropole 4
13Tim Merlier (Bel) Alpecin-Fenix 3
14Matteo Pelucchi (Ita) Team Qhubeka Assos 2
15Jonas Koch (Ger) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux 1

Mountain 1 - Côte Montagnac, km. 23.9
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Alexandre Delettre (Fra) Delko 6
2Vojtech Repa (Cze) Equipo Kern Pharma 4
3Ludovic Robeet (Bel) Bingoal WB 2

Mountain 2 - Côte Ciarensac, km. 48.1
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Alexandre Delettre (Fra) Delko 10
2Maximilien Picoux (Bel) Xelliss-Roubaix Lille Metropole 8
3Ludovic Robeet (Bel) Bingoal WB 6
4Tony Hurel (Fra) St Michel-Auber 93 4
5Vojtech Repa (Cze) Equipo Kern Pharma 2

Mountain 3 - Côte Montagnac, km. 108.2
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Alexandre Delettre (Fra) Delko 6
2Ludovic Robeet (Bel) Bingoal WB 4
3Vojtech Repa (Cze) Equipo Kern Pharma 2

General classification after stage 2
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Christophe Laporte (Fra) Cofidis 6:49:37
2Timothy Dupont (Bel) Bingoal WB 0:00:02
3Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) Team Arkea-Samsic 0:00:04
4Pierre Barbier (Fra) Delko 0:00:06
5Ludovic Robeet (Bel) Bingoal WB 0:00:07
6Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) Team Qhubeka Assos 0:00:08
7Mads Pedersen (Den) Trek-Segafredo
8Tony Hurel (Fra) St Michel-Auber 93 0:00:09
9Alexandre Delettre (Fra) Delko 0:00:11
10Bryan Coquard (Fra) B&B Hotels p/b KTM 0:00:12
11Tim Merlier (Bel) Alpecin-Fenix
12Milan Menten (Bel) Bingoal WB
13Jake Stewart (GBr) Groupama-FDJ
14Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) AG2R Citroën Team
15Silvan Dillier (Swi) Alpecin-Fenix
16Roger Adria Oliveras (Spa) Equipo Kern Pharma
17Jonas Rutsch (Ger) EF Education-Nippo
18Anthony Turgis (Fra) Total Direct Energie
19Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Trek-Segafredo
20Gerben Thijssen (Bel) Lotto Soudal
21Michael Gogl (Aut) Team Qhubeka Assos
22Eduard-Michael Grosu (Rom) Delko
23August Jensen (Nor) Delko
24Tobias Bayer (Aut) Alpecin-Fenix
25Cyril Barthe (Fra) B&B Hotels p/b KTM
26Oliver Naesen (Bel) AG2R Citroën Team
27Filippo Ganna (Ita) Ineos Grenadiers
28Stefano Oldani (Ita) Lotto Soudal
29Lukasz Wisniowski (Pol) Team Qhubeka Assos
30Johan le Bon (Fra) Cambodia Cycling Academy
31Clément Carisey (Fra) Delko
32Dylan Kowalski (Fra) Xelliss-Roubaix Lille Metropole
33Edward Theuns (Bel) Trek-Segafredo
34Brent Van Moer (Bel) Lotto Soudal
35Jérémy Lecroq (Fra) B&B Hotels p/b KTM
36Jenthe Biermans (Bel) Israel Start-up Nation
37Mads Würtz Schmidt (Den) Israel Start-up Nation
38Nils Politt (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe
39Evaldas Siskevicius (Ltu) Delko
40Rudy Barbier (Fra) Israel Start-up Nation
41Yoann Paillot (Fra) St Michel-Auber 93
42Pierre Latour (Fra) Total Direct Energie
43Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Ineos Grenadiers
44Jonas Koch (Ger) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux
45Alexis Gougeard (Fra) AG2R Citroën Team
46Benjamin Thomas (Fra) Groupama-FDJ
47Marc Sarreau (Fra) AG2R Citroën Team
48Alberto Bettiol (Ita) EF Education-Nippo
49John Degenkolb (Ger) Lotto Soudal
50Arjen Livyns (Bel) Bingoal WB
51Raul Garcia Pierna (Spa) Equipo Kern Pharma
52Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Lotto Soudal
53Emiel Vermeulen (Bel) Xelliss-Roubaix Lille Metropole
54Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) Israel Start-up Nation
55Ryan Mullen (Irl) Trek-Segafredo
56Fabian Lienhard (Swi) Groupama-FDJ
57Samuel Leroux (Fra) Xelliss-Roubaix Lille Metropole
58Jens Debusschere (Bel) B&B Hotels p/b KTM
59Romain Cardis (Fra) St Michel-Auber 93
60Owain Doull (GBr) Ineos Grenadiers
61Alexys Brunel (Fra) Groupama-FDJ
62Julius van den Berg (Ned) EF Education-Nippo
63Odd Christian Eiking (Nor) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux
64Otto Vergaerde (Bel) Alpecin-Fenix
65Joel Suter (Swi) Bingoal WB
66Matteo Pelucchi (Ita) Team Qhubeka Assos
67Alex Kirsch (Lux) Trek-Segafredo
68Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto Soudal
69Jordi Meeus (Bel) Bora-Hansgrohe
70Ben Hermans (Bel) Israel Start-up Nation
71Jason Tesson (Fra) St Michel-Auber 93
72Senne Leysen (Bel) Alpecin-Fenix
73Lukasz Owsian (Pol) Team Arkea-Samsic
74Sean Bennett (USA) Team Qhubeka Assos
75Rein Taaramäe (Est) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux
76Daniel McLay (GBr) Team Arkea-Samsic
77Salvatore Puccio (Ita) Ineos Grenadiers
78Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek-Segafredo
79Théo Delacroix (Fra) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux
80Danny van Poppel (Ned) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux
81Boris Vallee (Bel) Bingoal WB
82Geraint Thomas (GBr) Ineos Grenadiers
83Mauro Finetto (Ita) Delko
84Connor Swift (GBr) Team Arkea-Samsic
85Bram Welten (Ned) Team Arkea-Samsic
86Jens Keukeleire (Bel) EF Education-Nippo
87Lawrence Naesen (Bel) AG2R Citroën Team
88Flavien Maurelet (Fra) St Michel-Auber 93
89Sam Gaze (NZl) Alpecin-Fenix
90Damien Touze (Fra) AG2R Citroën Team
91Adrien Petit (Fra) Total Direct Energie
92Simon Clarke (Aus) Team Qhubeka Assos
93Ivan Centrone (Lux) Xelliss-Roubaix Lille Metropole
94Boy van Poppel (Ned) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux
95Andreas Kron (Den) Lotto Soudal
96Tom Paquot (Bel) Bingoal WB
97Piet Allegaert (Bel) Cofidis
98Morné Van Niekerk (RSA) St Michel-Auber 93
99Valentin Tabellion (Fra) Xelliss-Roubaix Lille Metropole
100Jean-Pierre Drucker (Lux) Cofidis
101Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Total Direct Energie
102Egan Bernal Gomez (Col) Ineos Grenadiers
103Samy Aurignac (Fra) Cambodia Cycling Academy
104Quentin Pacher (Fra) B&B Hotels p/b KTM
105Rigoberto Uran (Col) EF Education-Nippo
106Louis Louvet (Fra) St Michel-Auber 93
107Felix Grossschartner (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe
108Urko Berrade Fernandez (Spa) Equipo Kern Pharma
109Sebastian Langeveld (Ned) EF Education-Nippo
110Pascal Ackermann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe
111Lukas Pöstlberger (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe
112Emmanuel Morin (Fra) Cofidis
113Christopher Lawless (GBr) Total Direct Energie
114Frederik Wandahl (Den) Bora-Hansgrohe
115Francisco Galvan Fernandez (Spa) Equipo Kern Pharma 0:00:49
116Marti Marquez Roman (Spa) Equipo Kern Pharma
117Lars van den Berg (Ned) Groupama-FDJ 0:00:54
118Alexis Renard (Fra) Israel Start-up Nation 0:00:55
119Romain Seigle (Fra) Groupama-FDJ
120Enrique Sanz Unzue (Spa) Equipo Kern Pharma 0:01:35
121Clément Russo (Fra) Team Arkea-Samsic
122Barry Miller (USA) Cambodia Cycling Academy
123Vojtech Repa (Cze) Equipo Kern Pharma 0:01:59
124Dries De Bondt (Bel) Alpecin-Fenix 0:02:01
125Kevin Reza (Fra) B&B Hotels p/b KTM 0:02:03
126Geoffrey Soupe (Fra) Total Direct Energie
127William Bonnet (Fra) Groupama-FDJ
128Niki Terpstra (Ned) Total Direct Energie
129Anthony Perez (Fra) Cofidis
130Matis Louvel (Fra) Team Arkea-Samsic 0:02:06
131Mattias Jensen (Den) Trek-Segafredo 0:02:15
132Tom Devriendt (Bel) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux 0:03:12
133Christopher Lamaille (Fra) Cambodia Cycling Academy 0:03:13
134Tom Bohli (Swi) Cofidis 0:03:15
135Maximilien Picoux (Bel) Xelliss-Roubaix Lille Metropole 0:03:16
136Cyril Lemoine (Fra) B&B Hotels p/b KTM 0:03:41
137Kenneth Vanbilsen (Bel) Cofidis
138Guillaume Boivin (Can) Israel Start-up Nation 0:04:03
139Patrick Gamper (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe 0:05:28
140Julien Duval (Fra) AG2R Citroën Team 0:05:42
141Anthoine Berlin (Mon) Cambodia Cycling Academy 0:08:44
142Ethan Hayter (GBr) Ineos Grenadiers 0:09:38

Points classification
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Christophe Laporte (Fra) Cofidis 37
2Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) Team Arkea-Samsic 30
3Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) Team Qhubeka Assos 30
4Timothy Dupont (Bel) Bingoal WB 25
5Pierre Barbier (Fra) Delko 20
6Mads Pedersen (Den) Trek-Segafredo 16
7Bryan Coquard (Fra) B&B Hotels p/b KTM 14
8Rudy Barbier (Fra) Israel Start-up Nation 14
9Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Ineos Grenadiers 12
10Ludovic Robeet (Bel) Bingoal WB 10
11Jordi Meeus (Bel) Bora-Hansgrohe 10
12Marc Sarreau (Fra) AG2R Citroën Team 9
13Tim Merlier (Bel) Alpecin-Fenix 8
14Gerben Thijssen (Bel) Lotto Soudal 8
15John Degenkolb (Ger) Lotto Soudal 8
16Jake Stewart (GBr) Groupama-FDJ 7
17Silvan Dillier (Swi) Alpecin-Fenix 7
18Maximilien Picoux (Bel) Xelliss-Roubaix Lille Metropole 6
19Tony Hurel (Fra) St Michel-Auber 93 6
20Edward Theuns (Bel) Trek-Segafredo 6
21Danny van Poppel (Ned) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux 6
22Emiel Vermeulen (Bel) Xelliss-Roubaix Lille Metropole 4
23Boris Vallee (Bel) Bingoal WB 4
24Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Trek-Segafredo 3
25Alexandre Delettre (Fra) Delko 2
26Mads Würtz Schmidt (Den) Israel Start-up Nation 2
27Matteo Pelucchi (Ita) Team Qhubeka Assos 2
28Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) AG2R Citroën Team 1
29Jonas Koch (Ger) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux 1

Mountains classification
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Alexandre Delettre (Fra) Delko 28
2Ludovic Robeet (Bel) Bingoal WB 12
3Vojtech Repa (Cze) Equipo Kern Pharma 8
4Maximilien Picoux (Bel) Xelliss-Roubaix Lille Metropole 8
5Tony Hurel (Fra) St Michel-Auber 93 4
6Tom Paquot (Bel) Bingoal WB 4
7Louis Louvet (Fra) St Michel-Auber 93 2

Young riders classification
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jake Stewart (GBr) Groupama-FDJ 6:49:49
2Roger Adria Oliveras (Spa) Equipo Kern Pharma
3Jonas Rutsch (Ger) EF Education-Nippo
4Gerben Thijssen (Bel) Lotto Soudal
5Tobias Bayer (Aut) Alpecin-Fenix
6Stefano Oldani (Ita) Lotto Soudal
7Brent Van Moer (Bel) Lotto Soudal
8Raul Garcia Pierna (Spa) Equipo Kern Pharma
9Alexys Brunel (Fra) Groupama-FDJ
10Joel Suter (Swi) Bingoal WB
11Jordi Meeus (Bel) Bora-Hansgrohe
12Jason Tesson (Fra) St Michel-Auber 93
13Théo Delacroix (Fra) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux
14Andreas Kron (Den) Lotto Soudal
15Tom Paquot (Bel) Bingoal WB
16Valentin Tabellion (Fra) Xelliss-Roubaix Lille Metropole
17Frederik Wandahl (Den) Bora-Hansgrohe
18Lars van den Berg (Ned) Groupama-FDJ 0:00:42
19Alexis Renard (Fra) Israel Start-up Nation 0:00:43
20Vojtech Repa (Cze) Equipo Kern Pharma 0:01:47
21Matis Louvel (Fra) Team Arkea-Samsic 0:01:54
22Mattias Jensen (Den) Trek-Segafredo 0:02:03
23Ethan Hayter (GBr) Ineos Grenadiers 0:09:26

Teams classification
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Team Arkea-Samsic 20:29:25
2Cofidis
3Team Qhubeka-Assos 0:00:02
4Alpecin-Fenix
5B&B Hotels p/b KTM
6Delko
7Bingoal WB
8EF Education-Nippo
9AG2R Citroën Team
10Ineos Grenadiers
11Lotto Soudal
12Israel Start-up Nation
13Trek-Segafredo
14Xellis-Roubaix Lille Metropole
15Equipo Kern Pharma
16St Michel-Auber93
17Groupama-FDJ
18Total Direct Energie
19Bora-Hansgrohe
20Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux
21Cambodia Cycling Academy 0:01:25
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Deputy Editor - Europe. Patrick is an NCTJ-trained journalist who has seven years’ experience covering professional cycling. He has a modern languages degree from Durham University and has been able to put it to some use in what is a multi-lingual sport, with a particular focus on French and Spanish-speaking riders. After joining Cyclingnews as a staff writer on the back of work experience, Patrick became Features Editor in 2018 and oversaw significant growth in the site’s long-form and in-depth output. Since 2021 he has been Deputy Editor - Europe, taking more responsibility for the site’s content as a whole, while still writing and - despite a pandemic-induced hiatus - travelling to races around the world. Away from cycling, Patrick spends most of his time playing or watching other forms of sport - football, tennis, trail running, darts, to name a few, but he draws the line at rugby.


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