Tour de l'Ain

Stage 2: Saint-Vulbas - Lagnieu

FR France Wednesday 10 August 2022 142.5 km

Strong effort puts Vansevenant in fourth place

Strong effort puts Vansevenant in fourth place

Four classified climbs, including a double ascent of the Col de Portet, and 2600 meters of vertical gain were the ingredients of a highly selective route which promised to alter the general classification where the gaps were almost non-existent following the opening day bunch sprint.

The big moves of this stage that travelled from Saint-Vulbas to Lagnieu came the second time up the Col de Portet, an 8.2km climb averaging 5.2% where the Wolfpack took over the reins early with Louis Vervaeke, who set a tempo that shed riders out the back which at the same time eating into the escapees’ advantage. When the first important attack was launched some four kilometers from the top, Julian Alaphilippe immediately responded and forced a selection, only a handful of riders, including Mauri Vansevenant, remaining in the small group which soon neutralized the breakaway.

After the first part of the descent, on a small uncategorized climb, a couple of riders emerged from that group and it didn’t take long until they opened a comfortable buffer over the chasers. Vansevenant remained attentive, and with three kilometers to go he tried to surprise his companions but they were quick to react. Going under the flamme rouge, Guillaume Martin (Cofidis) jumped clear and took a solo win and the yellow jersey, two seconds ahead of the group from where Mauri sprinted to fourth place, a result that sees the 23-year-old from Oostende move up twenty-five places in the general classification.

“It was a very hard stage, but I felt quite good. In the closing kilometers I tried to go clear, but unfortunately the others reeled me in. It was especially difficult to do something, given that one team had two riders and we are all a bit on our limit. As a team we did a good race, we were there at the front every time it mattered and we will try again on the final day, where we could again have full gas action”, said Mauri, fourth overall now, after the stage that put Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl in control of the team classification.

 

Photo credit: ©Bas Czerwinski / Getty Images

Race details

1 Guillaume Martin
Cofidis
3:44:49
2 Mattias Skjelmose Jensen
Trek - Segafredo
0:02
3 Rudy Molard
Groupama - FDJ
0:02
4 Mauri Vansevenant
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
0:02
5 Jaakko Hänninen
AG2R Citroën Team
0:02
6 Iván Ramiro Sosa Cuervo
Movistar Team
0:02
7 Sébastien Reichenbach
Groupama - FDJ
0:10
8 George Bennett
UAE Team Emirates
0:44
9 Julian Alaphilippe
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
1:11
10 Geoffrey Bouchard
AG2R Citroën Team
1:23
13 Louis Vervaeke
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
1:23
58 Dries Devenyns
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
11:36
67 Stan Van Tricht
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
15:39
89 Rémi Cavagna
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
20:14
1 Guillaume Martin
Cofidis
7:04:24
2 Mattias Skjelmose Jensen
Trek - Segafredo
0:06
3 Rudy Molard
Groupama - FDJ
0:08
4 Mauri Vansevenant
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
0:12
5 Iván Ramiro Sosa Cuervo
Movistar Team
0:12
6 Jaakko Hänninen
AG2R Citroën Team
0:12
7 Sébastien Reichenbach
Groupama - FDJ
0:20
8 George Bennett
UAE Team Emirates
0:54
9 Julian Alaphilippe
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
1:21
10 Gianluca Brambilla
Trek - Segafredo
1:33
13 Louis Vervaeke
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
1:33
54 Dries Devenyns
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
11:46
64 Stan Van Tricht
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
15:45
79 Rémi Cavagna
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
20:24
1 Mattias Skjelmose Jensen
Trek - Segafredo
30 pt
2 Guillaume Martin
Cofidis
25 pt
3 Jake Stewart
Groupama - FDJ
25 pt
4 Romain Cardis
St Michel - Auber93
20 pt
5 Rudy Molard
Groupama - FDJ
16 pt
6 Stan Van Tricht
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
16 pt
7 Mauri Vansevenant
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
14 pt
8 Geoffrey Soupe
TotalEnergies
14 pt
9 Jaakko Hänninen
AG2R Citroën Team
12 pt
10 Axel Mariault
Team U Nantes Atlantique
12 pt
16 Julian Alaphilippe
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
7 pt
24 Louis Vervaeke
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
3 pt
26 Rémi Cavagna
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
3 pt
1 Hannes Wilksch
Germany
35 pt
2 Louis Richard
Team U Nantes Atlantique
24 pt
3 Mattias Skjelmose Jensen
Trek - Segafredo
15 pt
4 Iván Ramiro Sosa Cuervo
Movistar Team
10 pt
5 Jacob Eriksson
Riwal Cycling Team
10 pt
6 Stefan Bissegger
EF Education-EasyPost
8 pt
7 Rudy Molard
Groupama - FDJ
7 pt
8 Tony Hurel
St Michel - Auber93
7 pt
9 George Bennett
UAE Team Emirates
6 pt
10 Sébastien Reichenbach
Groupama - FDJ
5 pt
13 Julian Alaphilippe
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
3 pt
1 Mattias Skjelmose Jensen
Trek - Segafredo
7:04:30
2 Mauri Vansevenant
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
0:06
3 Jake Stewart
Groupama - FDJ
3:04
4 Alessandro Fancellu
EOLO-Kometa
3:14
5 Jordan Jegat
Team U Nantes Atlantique
4:38
6 Nicolas Vinokurov
Astana Qazaqstan Development Team
5:48
7 Hannes Wilksch
Germany
8:09
8 Andrea Piccolo
EF Education-EasyPost
9:08
9 Maximilien Juillard
Go Sport - Roubaix Lille Métropole
9:14
10 Jannis Peter
Germany
10:41
18 Stan Van Tricht
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
15:39
1 Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team 21:16:18
2 AG2R Citroën Team 0:38
3 Trek - Segafredo 0:45
4 Groupama - FDJ 0:46
5 Team Arkéa Samsic 3:53
6 Movistar Team 5:32
7 Cofidis 5:46
8 TotalEnergies 13:08
9 Team U Nantes Atlantique 13:26
10 Lotto Soudal 19:07

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