Tour La Provence Stage 2: Crash-marred Finish24. February 2016, Istres (FRA) — Road Team
A crash in the final 300m of stage 2 of the Tour La Provence thwarted any chance of a bunch sprint, making way for Davide Martinelli (Etixx-Quick Step) to take the win.
A five rider breakaway gained a four-minute advantage over the peloton on the 185km stage from Miramas to Istres, until the second to last lap when the race came back together.
Loïc Vliegen attacked with 4km to go on the final lap of the Istres circuit, gaining six seconds on the peloton before he was brought back with 2km remaining.
The priority for today’s stage was to keep all eight riders safe, Sports Director Max Sciandri said.
“After yesterday’s stage, the plan was to get the guys to the circuit and see how the race was panning out. Loïc attacked with 4km to go and put in a good effort but it didn’t work out in the end. Despite the crash in the final 300m we had all of our guys cross the line safely which was the most important thing.”
Alessandro De Marchi remains in sixth place on the General Classification, 12 seconds behind race leader Thomas Voeckler (Direct Energie).
Tour La Provence wraps up tomorrow with stage 3, 173km from La Ciotat to Marseille.
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