Tour de Wallonie: Démare wins in Wavre

Arnaud Démare (Groupama-FDJ) claimed victory on stage 2 of the Tour de Wallonie, beating overall leader Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal) to the line in another bunch sprint in Wavre.

It was a tough day in the saddle with an undulating finale that saw Mark Cavendish (Bahrain McLaren) and Sam Bennett (Deceuninck-QuickStep) dropped, plus Philippe Gilbert (Lotto Soudal) and Zdenek Stybar (Deceuninck-QuickStep) going on the attack, but it came back together for a contest between the remaining fast men.

After CCC Team had dragged the Gilbert and Stybar move back, QuickStep, switching to Florian Senechal, stretched it out in the final couple of kilometres, but Ewan looked poised when his lead-out man Jasper De Buyst hit the front in the final kilometre.

Démare fought off Senechal to get on the wheel of Ewan, and had enough power left in the legs to overhaul the Australian to take his second win of the season after Milano-Torino earlier this month.

Dan McLay finished third, just ahead of his Arkea-Samsic teammate Nacer Bouhanni, with the pair both shaking their heads as they crossed the line.

Although he missed out on the stage win, Ewan retained the yellow jersey as overall leader ahead of the hillier final two stages.

How it unfolded

The 172km stage from Frasnes-Lez-Anvaing – Wavre started out in routine fashion, with a six-man breakaway heading up the road after a few kilometres and staying out front for most of the day. In there were: James Fouche (Hagens Berman Axeon), Tom Wirtgen (Bingoal-Wallonie Bruxelles), Gianni Marchand (Tartoletto-Isorex), Ludwig De Winter (Circus-Wanty Gobert), Dries De Bondt (Alpecin-Fenix) and Toon Aerts (Telenet-Baloise Lions).

They built a lead of 3:40 as Lotto Soudal controlled the peloton, before Groupama-FDJ, Bahrain McLaren and Arkea-Samsic collaborated later on and the gap steadily dropped. The catch was made with 27km to go, just after a crash that saw both Bouhanni and NTT Pro Cycling’s Ryan Gibbons hit the deck. A couple of kilometres later, the riders crossed the finish line for the first time, embarking on a 25km loop around Wavre before the real finale.

It was an undulating finishing circuit and Cavendish was dropped with 17.5km to go on a short incline. The British sprinter, whose place at the Tour de France remains in serious doubt, did manage to claw his way back but just as things kicked off again on a steep cobbled climb to the final intermediate sprint. He was soon joined by Bennett, who blew up and almost came to a halt.

That’s where Gilbert attacked, using the pavement to avoid the cobbles. Stybar responded and came around to take the full three bonus seconds at the top, with Gilbert settling for two, and the pair pressed on over the top. Joined by Loic Vliegen (Circus-Wanty), and Amaury Capiot (Sport Vlaanderen Baloise), they tried to drive a four-man split but CCC soon came to the fore and snuffed it out with 6km to go.

CCC continued to dominate the run-in but neither Matteo Trentin nor Greg Van Avermaet were able to really compete in the sprint. Instead, Deceuninck-QuickStep stretched it out in the final two kilometres, before Lotto Soudal finally came to the front to perform the lead-out proper.

Jasper De Buyst led it out, with Ewan in the wheel, but Démare successfully fought off Senechal for the Australian’s wheel, and had the power to overhaul him just ahead of the line.

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Stage Results
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Arnaud Demare (Fra) Groupama-FDJ 3:57:59
2Caleb Ewan (Aus) Lotto Soudal
3Daniel McLay (GBr) Team Arkea-Samsic
4Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) Team Arkea-Samsic
5Florian Senechal (Fra) Deceuninck-Quickstep
6Rory Sutherland (Aus) Israel Start-Up Nation
7Arvid De Kleijn (Ned) Riwal Readynez
8Dries Van Gestel (Bel) Total Direct Energie
9Lionel Taminiaux (Bel) Bingoal WB
10Edward Planckaert (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise
11Timothy Dupont (Bel) Circus-Wanty Gobert
12Oliver Naesen (Bel) AG2R la Mondiale
13Jhonatan Manuel Narvaez Prado (Ecu) Team Ineos
14Silvan Dillier (Swi) AG2R la Mondiale
15Clement Venturini (Fra) AG2R la Mondiale
16Donavan Vincent Grondin (Fra) Team Arkea-Samsic
17Itamar Einhorn (Isr) Israel Start-Up Nation
18Jarrad Drizners (Aus) Hagens Berman Axeon
19Reinardt Janse van Rensburg (RSA) NTT Pro Cycling
20Cole Davis (USA) Hagens Berman Axeon
21Matteo Trentin (Ita) CCC Team
22Guy Sagiv (Isr) Israel Start-Up Nation
23Lawrence Naesen (Bel) AG2R la Mondiale
24Manuel Peñalver Aniorte (Spa) Burgos-BH
25Andre Carvalho (Por) Hagens Berman Axeon
26Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) CCC Team
27Kevin Vermaerke (USA) Hagens Berman Axeon
28Alexander Krieger (Ger) Alpecin-Fenix
29Loïc Vliegen (Bel) Circus-Wanty Gobert
30Jasper De Buyst (Bel) Lotto Soudal
31Jens Debusschere (Bel) B&B Hotels-Vital Concept
32Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Lotto Soudal
33Lorrenzo Manzin (Fra) Total Direct Energie
34Aaron Van Poucke (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise
35Adrien Petit (Fra) Total Direct Energie
36Nick Van der Lijke (Ned) Riwal Readynez
37Ryan Gibbons (RSA) NTT Pro Cycling
38Phil Bauhaus (Ger) Bahrain McLaren
39Jenthe Biermans (Bel) Israel Start-Up Nation
40Christophe Noppe (Bel) Team Arkea-Samsic
41Reto Hollenstein (Swi) Israel Start-Up Nation
42Kenneth Van Rooy (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise
43Alexis Renard (Fra) Israel Start-Up Nation
44Ludovic Robeet (Bel) Bingoal WB
45Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Deceuninck-Quickstep
46Alex Molenaar (Ned) Burgos-BH
47Eliot Lietaer (Bel) Bingoal WB
48Otto Vergaerde (Bel) Alpecin-Fenix
49Andreas Lorentz Kron (Den) Riwal Readynez
50Ryan Kamp (Ned) Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal
51Romain Hardy (Fra) Team Arkea-Samsic
52Andrea Vendrame (Ita) AG2R la Mondiale
53Thomas Sprengers (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise
54Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Groupama-FDJ
55Kévin Geniets (Lux) Groupama-FDJ
56Jonas Koch (Ger) CCC Team
57Amaury Capiot (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise
58Franck Bonnamour (Fra) Team Arkea-Samsic
59Lucas Eriksson (Swe) Riwal Readynez
60Frederik Frison (Bel) Lotto Soudal
61Maximilian Walscheid (Ger) NTT Pro Cycling
62Aime De Gendt (Bel) Circus-Wanty Gobert
63Ignatas Konovalovas (Ltu) Groupama-FDJ
64August Jensen (Nor) Riwal Readynez
65Nathan Van Hooydonck (Bel) CCC Team
66Toon Vandebosch (Bel) Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal
67Frederik Backaert (Bel) B&B Hotels-Vital Concept
68Pieter Vanspeybrouck (Bel) Circus-Wanty Gobert
69Jelle Vanendert (Bel) Bingoal WB
70Michal Golas (Pol) Team Ineos
71Kevin Deltombe (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise
72Thijs Aerts (Bel) Telenet Lions
73Jens Reynders (Bel) Hagens Berman Axeon
74Nicolas Cleppe (Bel) Telenet Lions
75Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) AG2R la Mondiale
76Alexandar Richardson (GBr) Alpecin-Fenix
77Luke Rowe (GBr) Team Ineos
78Owain Doull (GBr) Team Ineos
79Dries De Bondt (Bel) Alpecin-Fenix
80Kevin Inkelaar (Ned) Bahrain McLaren
81Andreas Goeman (Bel) Telenet Lions
82Marco Haller (Aut) Bahrain McLaren
83Gijs Van Hoecke (Bel) CCC Team
84James Fouche (NZl) Hagens Berman Axeon
85Milan Menten (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise
86Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) Bahrain McLaren
87Tom Wirtgen (Lux) Bingoal WB
88Scott Thwaites (GBr) Alpecin-Fenix
89Jetse Bol (Ned) Burgos-BH
90Baptiste Planckaert (Bel) Bingoal WB
91Lars Van der Haar (Ned) Telenet Lions
92Stijn Steels (Bel) Deceuninck-Quickstep
93Cameron Wurf (Aus) Team Ineos
94Jonas Van Genechten (Bel) B&B Hotels-Vital Concept 0:00:14
95Michael Mørkøv (Den) Deceuninck-Quickstep 0:00:15
96Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita) Groupama-FDJ 0:00:18
97Yentl Bekaert (Bel) Telenet Lions 0:00:23
98Kevin Reza (Fra) B&B Hotels-Vital Concept
99Roy Jans (Bel) Alpecin-Fenix
100Tim Merlier (Bel) Alpecin-Fenix
101Eli Iserbyt (Bel) Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal
102Benoit Jarrier (Fra) Team Arkea-Samsic
103Jacob Relaes (Bel) Tarteletto-Isorex
104Lennert Teugels (Bel) Tarteletto-Isorex 0:00:31
105Gianni Marchand (Bel) Tarteletto-Isorex
106Cyril Barthe (Fra) B&B Hotels-Vital Concept 0:00:39
107Bert De Backer (Bel) B&B Hotels-Vital Concept
108Fabian Lienhard (Swi) Groupama-FDJ
109Jannik Steimle (Ger) Deceuninck-Quickstep
110Lars Van den Berg (Ned) Groupama-FDJ
111John Degenkolb (Ger) Lotto Soudal 0:00:49
112Guillaume Van Keirsbulck (Bel) CCC Team
113Christian Knees (Ger) Team Ineos 0:01:01
114Josef Cerny (Cze) CCC Team
115Michael Vanthourenhout (Bel) Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal
116Laurens Sweeck (Bel) Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal
117Pim Ligthart (Ned) Total Direct Energie 0:01:03
118Roger Kluge (Ger) Lotto Soudal 0:01:05
119Damien Gaudin (Fra) Total Direct Energie 0:01:08
120Bryan Coquard (Fra) B&B Hotels-Vital Concept 0:02:59
121Jakob Egholm (Den) Hagens Berman Axeon
122Christoffer Lisson (Den) Riwal Readynez
123Michaël Van Staeyen (Bel) Tarteletto-Isorex
124Mark Cavendish (GBr) Bahrain McLaren
125Michael Carbel Svendgaard (Den) NTT Pro Cycling
126Julien Duval (Fra) AG2R la Mondiale
127Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) NTT Pro Cycling
128Jim Aernouts (Bel) Telenet Lions
129Iljo Keisse (Bel) Deceuninck-Quickstep
130Angel Fuentes Paniego (Spa) Burgos-BH 0:05:18
131Kevin Van Melsen (Bel) Circus-Wanty Gobert
132Niki Terpstra (Ned) Total Direct Energie
133Elias Van Breussegem (Bel) Tarteletto-Isorex
134Tom Paquot (Bel) Bingoal WB
135Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Bahrain McLaren
136Julien Van den Brande (Bel) Tarteletto-Isorex
137Stan Dewulf (Bel) Lotto Soudal
138Enzo Wouters (Bel) Tarteletto-Isorex
139Rasmus Tiller (Nor) NTT Pro Cycling 0:08:00
140Toon Aerts (Bel) Telenet Lions 0:08:11
141Carlos Canal Blanco (Spa) Burgos-BH 0:08:12
142Pim Ronhaar (Ned) Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal
143Sam Bennett (Irl) Deceuninck-Quickstep
144Corne Van Kessel (Ned) Circus-Wanty Gobert
145Dylan Sunderland (Aus) NTT Pro Cycling
146Christopher Lawless (GBr) Team Ineos 0:09:56
147Ludwig De Winter (Bel) Circus-Wanty Gobert 0:09:57
148Dieter Vanthourenhout (Bel) Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal 0:12:18
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General classification after stage 2
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Caleb Ewan (Aus) Lotto Soudal 8:15:03
2Dries De Bondt (Bel) Alpecin-Fenix 0:00:02
3Arnaud Demare (Fra) Groupama-FDJ 0:00:06
4Jens Reynders (Bel) Hagens Berman Axeon 0:00:09
5Daniel McLay (GBr) Team Arkea-Samsic 0:00:12
6Tom Wirtgen (Lux) Bingoal WB 0:00:14
7James Fouche (NZl) Hagens Berman Axeon 0:00:15
8Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) Team Arkea-Samsic 0:00:16
9Arvid De Kleijn (Ned) Riwal Readynez
10Lionel Taminiaux (Bel) Bingoal WB
11Silvan Dillier (Swi) AG2R la Mondiale
12Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) NTT Pro Cycling
13Clement Venturini (Fra) AG2R la Mondiale
14Itamar Einhorn (Isr) Israel Start-Up Nation
15Manuel Peñalver Aniorte (Spa) Burgos-BH
16Timothy Dupont (Bel) Circus-Wanty Gobert
17Oliver Naesen (Bel) AG2R la Mondiale
18Lawrence Naesen (Bel) AG2R la Mondiale
19Jarrad Drizners (Aus) Hagens Berman Axeon
20Andre Carvalho (Por) Hagens Berman Axeon
21Ryan Gibbons (RSA) NTT Pro Cycling
22Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) CCC Team
23Loïc Vliegen (Bel) Circus-Wanty Gobert
24Jenthe Biermans (Bel) Israel Start-Up Nation
25Kenneth Van Rooy (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise
26Jasper De Buyst (Bel) Lotto Soudal
27Cole Davis (USA) Hagens Berman Axeon
28Kevin Vermaerke (USA) Hagens Berman Axeon
29Jhonatan Manuel Narvaez Prado (Ecu) Team Ineos
30Guy Sagiv (Isr) Israel Start-Up Nation
31Jonas Koch (Ger) CCC Team
32Nick Van der Lijke (Ned) Riwal Readynez
33Ryan Kamp (Ned) Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal
34Alexander Krieger (Ger) Alpecin-Fenix
35Matteo Trentin (Ita) CCC Team
36Alexis Renard (Fra) Israel Start-Up Nation
37Eliot Lietaer (Bel) Bingoal WB
38Andrea Vendrame (Ita) AG2R la Mondiale
39Florian Senechal (Fra) Deceuninck-Quickstep
40Romain Hardy (Fra) Team Arkea-Samsic
41Christophe Noppe (Bel) Team Arkea-Samsic
42August Jensen (Nor) Riwal Readynez
43Edward Planckaert (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise
44Aaron Van Poucke (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise
45Adrien Petit (Fra) Total Direct Energie
46Jens Debusschere (Bel) B&B Hotels-Vital Concept
47Franck Bonnamour (Fra) Team Arkea-Samsic
48Thomas Sprengers (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise
49Andreas Lorentz Kron (Den) Riwal Readynez
50Reto Hollenstein (Swi) Israel Start-Up Nation
51Alex Molenaar (Ned) Burgos-BH
52Pieter Vanspeybrouck (Bel) Circus-Wanty Gobert
53Dries Van Gestel (Bel) Total Direct Energie
54Maximilian Walscheid (Ger) NTT Pro Cycling
55Scott Thwaites (GBr) Alpecin-Fenix
56Frederik Backaert (Bel) B&B Hotels-Vital Concept
57Ludovic Robeet (Bel) Bingoal WB
58Jonas Van Genechten (Bel) B&B Hotels-Vital Concept
59Marco Haller (Aut) Bahrain McLaren
60Otto Vergaerde (Bel) Alpecin-Fenix
61Nathan Van Hooydonck (Bel) CCC Team
62Kévin Geniets (Lux) Groupama-FDJ
63Gijs Van Hoecke (Bel) CCC Team
64Owain Doull (GBr) Team Ineos
65Donavan Vincent Grondin (Fra) Team Arkea-Samsic
66Lucas Eriksson (Swe) Riwal Readynez
67Anthony Turgis (Fra) Total Direct Energie
68Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) AG2R la Mondiale
69Kevin Deltombe (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise
70Jetse Bol (Ned) Burgos-BH
71Aime De Gendt (Bel) Circus-Wanty Gobert
72Michal Golas (Pol) Team Ineos
73Kevin Inkelaar (Ned) Bahrain McLaren
74Michael Mørkøv (Den) Deceuninck-Quickstep
75Toon Vandebosch (Bel) Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal
76Ignatas Konovalovas (Ltu) Groupama-FDJ
77Nicolas Cleppe (Bel) Telenet Lions
78Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) Bahrain McLaren
79Jelle Vanendert (Bel) Bingoal WB
80Andreas Goeman (Bel) Telenet Lions
81Frederik Frison (Bel) Lotto Soudal
82Milan Menten (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise
83Baptiste Planckaert (Bel) Bingoal WB
84Cameron Wurf (Aus) Team Ineos
85Alexandar Richardson (GBr) Alpecin-Fenix
86Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita) Groupama-FDJ
87Luke Rowe (GBr) Team Ineos
88Stijn Steels (Bel) Deceuninck-Quickstep
89Lars Van der Haar (Ned) Telenet Lions
90Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Deceuninck-Quickstep 0:00:33
91Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Lotto Soudal 0:00:34
92Amaury Capiot (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise 0:00:35
93Tim Merlier (Bel) Alpecin-Fenix
94Roy Jans (Bel) Alpecin-Fenix 0:00:39
95Jacob Relaes (Bel) Tarteletto-Isorex
96Eli Iserbyt (Bel) Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal
97Gianni Marchand (Bel) Tarteletto-Isorex 0:00:45
98Lennert Teugels (Bel) Tarteletto-Isorex 0:00:47
99Phil Bauhaus (Ger) Bahrain McLaren 0:00:48
100Cyril Barthe (Fra) B&B Hotels-Vital Concept 0:00:55
101Fabian Lienhard (Swi) Groupama-FDJ
102Lars Van den Berg (Ned) Groupama-FDJ
103Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Groupama-FDJ 0:01:09
104Benoit Jarrier (Fra) Team Arkea-Samsic 0:01:11
105Josef Cerny (Cze) CCC Team 0:01:17
106Christian Knees (Ger) Team Ineos
107Jannik Steimle (Ger) Deceuninck-Quickstep 0:01:19
108John Degenkolb (Ger) Lotto Soudal 0:01:33
109Guillaume Van Keirsbulck (Bel) CCC Team 0:01:37
110Reinardt Janse van Rensburg (RSA) NTT Pro Cycling 0:01:53
111Roger Kluge (Ger) Lotto Soudal 0:02:20
112Yentl Bekaert (Bel) Telenet Lions 0:02:37
113Michael Vanthourenhout (Bel) Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal 0:02:40
114Lorrenzo Manzin (Fra) Total Direct Energie 0:02:44
115Thijs Aerts (Bel) Telenet Lions
116Kevin Reza (Fra) B&B Hotels-Vital Concept 0:03:04
117Bryan Coquard (Fra) B&B Hotels-Vital Concept 0:03:15
118Mark Cavendish (GBr) Bahrain McLaren
119Michaël Van Staeyen (Bel) Tarteletto-Isorex
120Michael Carbel Svendgaard (Den) NTT Pro Cycling
121Jim Aernouts (Bel) Telenet Lions
122Bert De Backer (Bel) B&B Hotels-Vital Concept 0:03:23
123Laurens Sweeck (Bel) Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal 0:03:45
124Jakob Egholm (Den) Hagens Berman Axeon 0:03:47
125Pim Ligthart (Ned) Total Direct Energie
126Damien Gaudin (Fra) Total Direct Energie 0:03:52
127Enzo Wouters (Bel) Tarteletto-Isorex 0:05:34
128Angel Fuentes Paniego (Spa) Burgos-BH
129Kevin Van Melsen (Bel) Circus-Wanty Gobert
130Julien Duval (Fra) AG2R la Mondiale 0:05:41
131Christoffer Lisson (Den) Riwal Readynez 0:05:43
132Rory Sutherland (Aus) Israel Start-Up Nation
133Iljo Keisse (Bel) Deceuninck-Quickstep
134Stan Dewulf (Bel) Lotto Soudal 0:06:01
135Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Bahrain McLaren 0:06:46
136Tom Paquot (Bel) Bingoal WB 0:08:01
137Niki Terpstra (Ned) Total Direct Energie 0:08:02
138Rasmus Tiller (Nor) NTT Pro Cycling 0:08:16
139Sam Bennett (Irl) Deceuninck-Quickstep 0:08:22
140Toon Aerts (Bel) Telenet Lions 0:08:26
141Carlos Canal Blanco (Spa) Burgos-BH 0:08:28
142Corne Van Kessel (Ned) Circus-Wanty Gobert 0:09:43
143Christopher Lawless (GBr) Team Ineos 0:10:12
144Pim Ronhaar (Ned) Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal 0:10:56
145Elias Van Breussegem (Bel) Tarteletto-Isorex 0:12:01
146Ludwig De Winter (Bel) Circus-Wanty Gobert 0:12:41
147Julien Van den Brande (Bel) Tarteletto-Isor