Roche wins in Val Louron

Nicolas Roche (Tinkoff-Saxo)

Nicolas Roche (Tinkoff-Saxo) (Image credit: Bettini Photo)

Tinkoff-Saxo’s Nicolas Roche secured a solo victory on the second stage of Route du Sud that finished on the tough climb of Val Louron on Saturday. The Irishman finished with a 45-second gap ahead of runner-up and teammate Michael Rogers and Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) in third.

Roche now leads the overall classification heading into the third and final stage on Sunday, a 179.4km race from Saint-Gaudens to Castres. He is leading the race by 45 seconds to Valverde and an additional four seconds to Rogers.

“I’m really satisfied and happy for this victory. It’s amazing that all the hard work has finally paid of with a victory, which is of course one of my main goals during the season besides supporting my teammates”, Roche said.

“It was a super tough stage today with many of the climbs you’ll normally see in the Tour and strong competition to make it even more difficult. But we managed to pull it of today. Furthermore, it confirms that I’ve recovered after the Giro and that I’m ready for the Tour.”

An early breakaway got a few minutes during the stage, however, the efforts of teams Tinkoff-Saxo and Movistar brought them back before the start of the final climb. Riders had an opportunity to test their legs over the Col du Tourmalet and Col d’Aspin during the day’s stage, significant ascents of the Tour de France. Only a select group made it up the slopes of the Val Louron in front.

“Edward Beltran worked really hard and maintained a high tempo on the climb. He really hurt a lot of guys out there today. With five kilometers to go, Edward pulled off the front and I attacked straight away knowing that Michael was ready in the group of favorites just behind me, as a second option. So I had the confidence to just put everything at stake and go a 100 per cent for the win,” Roche said.

Full Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Nicolas Roche (Irl) Tinkoff-Saxo5:17:04
2Michael Rogers (Aus) Tinkoff-Saxo0:00:45
3Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 2 - Cell 2
4Kenny Elissonde (Fra) FDJ.frRow 3 - Cell 2
5Merhawi Kudus Ghebremedhin (Eri) MTN - QhubekaRow 4 - Cell 2
6Stéphane Rossetto (Fra) BigMat - Auber 93Row 5 - Cell 2
7Kanstantsin Siutsou (Blr) Team SkyRow 6 - Cell 2
8David Arroyo Duran (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA0:01:15
9Ian Boswell (USA) Team Sky0:01:22
10Julien Berard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:01:39
11Jay Mccarthy (Aus) Tinkoff-Saxo0:01:54
12Eduard Alexander Beltran Suarez (Col) Tinkoff-SaxoRow 11 - Cell 2
13Brice Feillu (Fra) Bretagne - Seche EnvironnementRow 12 - Cell 2
14Federico Figueiredo (Por) Radio PopularRow 13 - Cell 2
15Ignatas Konovalovas (Ltu) MTN - QhubekaRow 14 - Cell 2
16Florian Guillou (Fra) Bretagne - Seche EnvironnementRow 15 - Cell 2
17Rémy Di Gregorio (Fra) La Pomme MarseilleRow 16 - Cell 2
18Rudy Molard (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:01:59
19Rodolfo Andres Torres Agudelo (Col) Colombia0:02:26
20Patrick Schelling (Swi) IAM Cycling0:02:45
21Miguel Angel Rubiano Chavez (Col) Colombia0:02:49
22Angelo Tulik (Fra) Team Europcar0:02:57
23Grégoire Tarride (Fra) La Pomme Marseille0:03:01
24Romain Hardy (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:03:27
25Guillaume Levarlet (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 24 - Cell 2
26Evgeny Petrov (Rus) Tinkoff-Saxo0:03:45
27Edward Fabian Diaz Cardenas (Col) Colombia0:03:53
28Perrig Quemeneur (Fra) Team Europcar0:04:05
29Jesus Herrada Lopez (Spa) Movistar Team0:04:15
30Ruben Fernandez (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA0:04:30
31Marcos Garcia (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RGARow 30 - Cell 2
32Laurent Pichon (Fra) FDJ.fr0:04:38
33Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 32 - Cell 2
34Jean-Marc Bideau (Fra) Bretagne - Seche EnvironnementRow 33 - Cell 2
35Christopher Juul Jensen (Den) Tinkoff-Saxo0:06:02
36Nuno Matos (Por) Radio Popular0:06:35
37Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) Team Europcar0:08:01
38Bryan Naulleau (Fra) Team Europcar0:08:19
39Alexandre Geniez (Fra) FDJ.frRow 38 - Cell 2
40Alexis Vuillermoz (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 39 - Cell 2
41Jonathan Castroviejo Nicolas (Spa) Movistar Team0:09:05
42Théo Vimpere (Fra) BigMat - Auber 930:09:31
43Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Team Sky0:09:47
44Matteo Montaguti (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale0:11:21
45Nathan Earle (Aus) Team SkyRow 44 - Cell 2
46Amets Txurruka (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA0:13:55
47Jerome Cousin (Fra) Team Europcar0:14:00
48Tony Hurel (Fra) Team EuropcarRow 47 - Cell 2
49Blel Kadri (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:15:39
50Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) IAM CyclingRow 49 - Cell 2
51Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) FDJ.fr0:16:02
52Jonathan Paredes (Col) ColombiaRow 51 - Cell 2
53Pierre Gouault (Fra) BigMat - Auber 930:16:31
54Marcel Aregger (Swi) IAM CyclingRow 53 - Cell 2
55Daniel Eduardo Moreira Silva (Por) Radio PopularRow 54 - Cell 2
56Clement Saint Martin (Fra) La Pomme MarseilleRow 55 - Cell 2
57Julien El Fares (Fra) La Pomme MarseilleRow 56 - Cell 2
58Steven Tronet (Fra) BigMat - Auber 93Row 57 - Cell 2
59Romain Zingle (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 58 - Cell 2
60Bruno Pires (Por) Tinkoff-SaxoRow 59 - Cell 2
61Celio Cristiano Sousa (Por) Radio PopularRow 60 - Cell 2
62Jesper Hansen (Den) Tinkoff-SaxoRow 61 - Cell 2
63Florian Vachon (Fra) Bretagne - Seche EnvironnementRow 62 - Cell 2
64Anthony Geslin (Fra) FDJ.fr0:17:10
65Benoît Vaugrenard (Fra) FDJ.frRow 64 - Cell 2
66Adriano Malori (Ita) Movistar Team0:18:09
67Joshua Edmondson (GBr) Team SkyRow 66 - Cell 2
68Julien Antomarchi (Fra) La Pomme Marseille0:19:09
69Maxime Daniel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:20:46
70Sébastien Hinault (Fra) IAM CyclingRow 69 - Cell 2
71Carlos Julian Quintero (Col) Colombia0:20:49
72Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 71 - Cell 2
73Axel Domont (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 72 - Cell 2
74Frédéric Brun (Fra) BigMat - Auber 93Row 73 - Cell 2
75Yoann Paillot (Fra) La Pomme MarseilleRow 74 - Cell 2
76Dennis Van Niekerk (RSA) MTN - QhubekaRow 75 - Cell 2
77Antoine Lavieu (Fra) La Pomme MarseilleRow 76 - Cell 2
78Morgan Lamoisson (Fra) Team EuropcarRow 77 - Cell 2
79Clément Venturini (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 78 - Cell 2
80Jerome Coppel (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 79 - Cell 2
81Mickael Delage (Fra) FDJ.frRow 80 - Cell 2
82Christopher Sutton (Aus) Team SkyRow 81 - Cell 2
83Kevin Ista (Bel) IAM Cycling0:21:23
84Leonardo Fabio Duque (Col) Colombia0:21:24
85Egoitz Garcia Echeguibel (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:21:44
86Flavien Dassonville (Fra) BigMat - Auber 930:22:07
87Romain Guillemois (Fra) Team Europcar0:26:55
88Dominic Klemme (Ger) IAM Cycling0:26:56
89Vicente Reynes Mimo (Spa) IAM Cycling0:29:49
90José Ivan Gutierrez Palacios (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 89 - Cell 2
91Pirmin Lang (Swi) IAM CyclingRow 90 - Cell 2
92Sylvester Szmyd (Pol) Movistar TeamRow 91 - Cell 2
93Angel Madrazo Ruiz (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RGARow 92 - Cell 2
94Antonio Molina (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RGARow 93 - Cell 2
95Martin Wesemann (RSA) MTN - QhubekaRow 94 - Cell 2
96Benat Intxausti Elorriaga (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 95 - Cell 2
97Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Team SkyRow 96 - Cell 2
98Armindo Fonseca (Fra) Bretagne - Seche EnvironnementRow 97 - Cell 2
99Dario Cataldo (Ita) Team SkyRow 98 - Cell 2
100Luis Leon Sanchez Gil (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RGARow 99 - Cell 2
101Jasha Sütterlin (Ger) Movistar TeamRow 100 - Cell 2
102Benjamin Giraud (Fra) La Pomme MarseilleRow 101 - Cell 2
103Arnaud Courteille (Fra) FDJ.frRow 102 - Cell 2
104Heiner Rodrigo Parra Bustamente (Col) Caja Rural - Seguros RGARow 103 - Cell 2
105Pierre-Luc Perrichon (Fra) Bretagne - Seche Environnement0:30:43
106Virgilio Martins Dos Santos (Por) Radio Popular0:38:51
107Maxime Renault (Fra) BigMat - Auber 930:40:10
DNFTsgabu Gebremaryam Grmay (Eth) MTN - QhubekaRow 107 - Cell 2
DNFAdrien Petit (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 108 - Cell 2
DNFRomain Feillu (Fra) Bretagne - Seche EnvironnementRow 109 - Cell 2
DNFBenoit Jarrier (Fra) Bretagne - Seche EnvironnementRow 110 - Cell 2
DNFRui Miguel Sousa Barbosa (Por) Radio PopularRow 111 - Cell 2
DNFRicardo Ferreira (Por) Radio PopularRow 112 - Cell 2
DNFDarwin Ferney Pantoja Tobar (Col) ColombiaRow 113 - Cell 2
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General classification after stage 2
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Nicolas Roche (Irl) Tinkoff-Saxo9:39:07
2Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar Team0:00:45
3Michael Rogers (Aus) Tinkoff-Saxo0:00:49
4Stéphane Rossetto (Fra) BigMat - Auber 930:00:55
5Merhawi Kudus Ghebremedhin (Eri) MTN - QhubekaRow 4 - Cell 2
6Kenny Elissonde (Fra) FDJ.frRow 5 - Cell 2
7Kanstantsin Siutsou (Blr) Team SkyRow 6 - Cell 2
8David Arroyo Duran (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA0:01:25
9Ian Boswell (USA) Team Sky0:01:32
10Julien Berard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:01:49
11Jay Mccarthy (Aus) Tinkoff-Saxo0:02:04
12Rémy Di Gregorio (Fra) La Pomme MarseilleRow 11 - Cell 2
13Brice Feillu (Fra) Bretagne - Seche EnvironnementRow 12 - Cell 2
14Florian Guillou (Fra) Bretagne - Seche EnvironnementRow 13 - Cell 2
15Federico Figueiredo (Por) Radio PopularRow 14 - Cell 2
16Eduard Alexander Beltran Suarez (Col) Tinkoff-SaxoRow 15 - Cell 2
17Ignatas Konovalovas (Ltu) MTN - QhubekaRow 16 - Cell 2
18Rudy Molard (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:02:09
19Rodolfo Andres Torres Agudelo (Col) Colombia0:02:36
20Miguel Angel Rubiano Chavez (Col) Colombia0:02:59
21Angelo Tulik (Fra) Team Europcar0:03:07
22Grégoire Tarride (Fra) La Pomme Marseille0:03:11
23Romain Hardy (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:03:37
24Evgeny Petrov (Rus) Tinkoff-Saxo0:03:55
25Jesus Herrada Lopez (Spa) Movistar Team0:04:09
26Edward Fabian Diaz Cardenas (Col) Colombia0:04:11
27Guillaume Levarlet (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:04:17
28Ruben Fernandez (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA0:04:40
29Marcos Garcia (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RGARow 28 - Cell 2
30Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:04:48
31Laurent Pichon (Fra) FDJ.fr0:05:46
32Christopher Juul Jensen (Den) Tinkoff-Saxo0:06:18
33Nuno Matos (Por) Radio Popular0:07:33
34Jean-Marc Bideau (Fra) Bretagne - Seche Environnement0:07:41
35Perrig Quemeneur (Fra) Team Europcar0:07:58
36Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) Team Europcar0:08:11
37Alexis Vuillermoz (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:08:27
38Théo Vimpere (Fra) BigMat - Auber 930:09:41
39Patrick Schelling (Swi) IAM Cycling0:15:43
40Alexandre Geniez (Fra) FDJ.fr0:15:47
41Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) FDJ.fr0:16:03
42Daniel Eduardo Moreira Silva (Por) Radio Popular0:16:41
43Jesper Hansen (Den) Tinkoff-SaxoRow 42 - Cell 2
44Jerome Cousin (Fra) Team Europcar0:16:47
45Celio Cristiano Sousa (Por) Radio Popular0:17:25
46Clement Saint Martin (Fra) La Pomme Marseille0:17:39
47Matteo Montaguti (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale0:17:44
48Jonathan Castroviejo Nicolas (Spa) Movistar Team0:17:54
49Romain Zingle (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:18:29
50Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Team Sky0:18:35
51Amets Txurruka (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA0:18:49
52Joshua Edmondson (GBr) Team Sky0:19:32
53Benoît Vaugrenard (Fra) FDJ.fr0:19:59
54Nathan Earle (Aus) Team Sky0:20:07
55Julien Antomarchi (Fra) La Pomme Marseille0:20:17
56Antoine Lavieu (Fra) La Pomme Marseille0:21:10
57Bryan Naulleau (Fra) Team Europcar0:21:17
58Julien El Fares (Fra) La Pomme Marseille0:21:25
59Blel Kadri (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:22:02
60Tony Hurel (Fra) Team Europcar0:22:49
61Steven Tronet (Fra) BigMat - Auber 930:22:54
62Florian Vachon (Fra) Bretagne - Seche EnvironnementRow 61 - Cell 2
63Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) IAM Cycling0:24:28
64Bruno Pires (Por) Tinkoff-Saxo0:25:20
65Egoitz Garcia Echeguibel (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:26:21
66Adriano Malori (Ita) Movistar Team0:26:58
67Maxime Daniel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:27:09
68Sébastien Hinault (Fra) IAM CyclingRow 67 - Cell 2
69Leonardo Fabio Duque (Col) Colombia0:27:47
70Flavien Dassonville (Fra) BigMat - Auber 930:28:30
71Jonathan Paredes (Col) Colombia0:29:00
72Pierre Gouault (Fra) BigMat - Auber 930:29:29
73Marcel Aregger (Swi) IAM CyclingRow 72 - Cell 2
74Yoann Paillot (Fra) La Pomme Marseille0:29:37
75Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:29:38
76Carlos Julian Quintero (Col) ColombiaRow 75 - Cell 2
77Anthony Geslin (Fra) FDJ.fr0:30:08
78Heiner Rodrigo Parra Bustamente (Col) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA0:30:39
79Axel Domont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:31:11
80Mickael Delage (Fra) FDJ.fr0:33:43
81Pierre-Luc Perrichon (Fra) Bretagne - Seche Environnement0:33:46
82Dennis Van Niekerk (RSA) MTN - Qhubeka0:33:47
83Morgan Lamoisson (Fra) Team EuropcarRow 82 - Cell 2
84Frédéric Brun (Fra) BigMat - Auber 93Row 83 - Cell 2
85Clément Venturini (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 84 - Cell 2
86Jerome Coppel (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 85 - Cell 2
87Christopher Sutton (Aus) Team SkyRow 86 - Cell 2
88Kevin Ista (Bel) IAM Cycling0:34:21
89Dominic Klemme (Ger) IAM Cycling0:35:45
90Luis Leon Sanchez Gil (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA0:36:12
91Dario Cataldo (Ita) Team Sky0:37:17
92Benat Intxausti Elorriaga (Spa) Movistar Team0:37:21
93Antonio Molina (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA0:38:35
94Sylvester Szmyd (Pol) Movistar Team0:38:38
95José Ivan Gutierrez Palacios (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 94 - Cell 2
96Armindo Fonseca (Fra) Bretagne - Seche EnvironnementRow 95 - Cell 2
97Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Team SkyRow 96 - Cell 2
98Romain Guillemois (Fra) Team Europcar0:39:53
99Vicente Reynes Mimo (Spa) IAM Cycling0:42:47
100Jasha Sütterlin (Ger) Movistar TeamRow 99 - Cell 2
101Martin Wesemann (RSA) MTN - QhubekaRow 100 - Cell 2
102Angel Madrazo Ruiz (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RGARow 101 - Cell 2
103Pirmin Lang (Swi) IAM CyclingRow 102 - Cell 2
104Benjamin Giraud (Fra) La Pomme MarseilleRow 103 - Cell 2
105Arnaud Courteille (Fra) FDJ.frRow 104 - Cell 2
106Virgilio Martins Dos Santos (Por) Radio Popular0:45:14
107Maxime Renault (Fra) BigMat - Auber 930:53:08
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Points classification
#Rider Name (Country) Team
1Nicolas Roche (Irl) Tinkoff-Saxo
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Mountains classification
#Rider Name (Country) Team
1Mickael Delage (Fra)
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Young rider classification
#Rider Name (Country) Team
1Merhawi Kudus Ghebremedhin (Eri) MTN - Qhubeka


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