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A stage animated by Jérémy Roy, won by Julien Antomarchi in the Tour du Haut Var 2011

Added: sunday 20 February 2011 at 16:55:00
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    A stage animated by Jérémy Roy, won by Julien Antomarchi in the Tour du Haut Var 2011In the second stage of the 2011 Tour du Haut Var, Jérémy Roy (FDJ) was in front pretty much all day, but an animated final part of the race saw Julien Antomarchi (VC La Pomme Marseille) winning the stage. Thomas Voeckler (Team Europcar) managed to get rid of Samuel Dumoulin (Cofidis) in the final part of the stage and thus won the general classification of the race.

    The summary of the second stage of the Tour du Haut Var 2011

    After the beautiful stage win of Samuel Dumoulin (Cofidis) yesterday, the rider from Vénissieux came to the start at the end of the morning in the leader's jersey which was hidden under his long sleeved jersey (see Samuel Dumoulin wins the first stage of the Tour du Haut Var 2011 and The 2011 Tour du Haut Var race route on Google Maps/Google Earth for more information).

    Jérémy RoyJust like in the Grand Prx La Marseillaise, Jérémy Roy (FDJ) showed upfront today. After having been part of a big leading group right from the start of the stage he tried to get away once again with Cyril Gautier (Team Europcar), Julien El Fares (Cofidis), Sylvain Calzati (Bretagne-Schuller) and Robert Partridge (Endura Racing) in the climb of the Côte de Tourtour. Once this group was taken back by the peloton he decided to launch a solo attack ...

    17 other riders followed by 2 others, bridged the gap with him and the group of 20 riders seemed to get a nice lead on the peloton. This didn't last for a long time either however. Before they were taken back, the rider from Tours attacked again, together with Mikaël Cherel (AG2R La Mondiale) and when 9 other riders joined this duo this leading group finally seemed to be the right one. Next to the aforementioned two French riders, this group was composed of Peter Stetina (Team Garmin-Cervélo), Jérémy Roy's team mate Benoit Vaugrenard, Andrew Talansky (Team Garmin-Cervélo), Vincent Jérôme (Team Europcar), Angel Madrazo (Movistar Team), Richie Porte (Saxo Bank-Sungard), Anthony Delaplace (Saur-Sojasun), Jonathan Castroviejo (Euskaltel-Euskadi) and Johan Mombaerts (BigMat-Auber 93).

    Their gap went up to 2'20" but in the climb of the Col de Mons, on their way to the highest point of the Tour du Haut Var 2011, the peloton, driven by the AG2R La Mondiale team, bridged the gap with this group. Jérémy Roy decided once more he didn't want to be taken back and continues alone with about 30 seconds on the peloton. Rob Goris (Verandas Willems-Accent) is the only rider who manages little by little to get back on him and about twenty kilometers further, the two riders are together while several other riders start the their pursuit.

    The climb of the Mur de Montauroux seems to be just too much for the two riders in the lead because they lose their gap on the peloton there. David LopezOnce they're taken back, 11 riders form a new leading group and David Lopez (Movistar Team) than decides to attack. He gets company from Arthur Vichot (FDJ), who already was in the leading group yesterday, Pierre Rolland (Team Europcar), Laurent Mangel (Saur-Sojasun) and Iker Camaño (Endura Racing) and the 5 riders quickly create an interesting gap.

    When they cross the finish line in Draguignan the peloton is 27 seconds behind them and they still have about 25 kilometers to do, including another climb of the Côte des Tuillières. In this climb the leading group falls apart, just like the peloton. A new leading group is formed by Arthur Vichot, Pierre Rolland, Chris Sörensen (Saxo Bank-Sungard), Julien Antomarchi (VC La Pomme Marseille), Fabrice Jeandesboz (Saur-Sojasun). Rinaldo NocentiniFrom this group, Jeandesboz tries to get away alone but he's immediately joined by Vichot and when the others also bridge the gap, Rinaldo Nocentini (AG2R La Mondiale) attacks from the peloton, followed by Thomas Voeckler (Team Europcar). The two riders bridge the gap with the leading group and Samuel Dumoulin (Cofidis) manages to bridge it as well a bit further, just like several other riders from the peloton.

    From this 17 rider group, Chris Sörensen tries again but without success. Several attacks follow quickly, like those from Nocentini and Voeckler, but they all remain unsuccessful. These repeated attacks do however seem to have weakened Samuel Dumoulin since he's no longer able to stay in the first group with his main competitor Rinaldo Nocentini. Thomas Voeckler attacks once more in the last few kilometers and this time only Julien Antomarchi manages to follow him.

    The two riders stay ahead and Voeckler offers the stage win to the rider of the team from Marseille while taking the overall classification himself.

    The top 5 of the stage classification for the second stage of the Tour du Haut Var 2011

    Here's the top 5 of the second stage of the Tour du Haut Var 2011:

    1/ Julien Antomarchi (VC La Pomme Marseille) - 5h14'07"
    2/ Thomas Voeckler (Team Europcar)
    3/ José Joaquin Rojas (Movistar Team) - +0'29"
    4/ Julien Simon (Saur-Sojasun)
    5/ David Moncoutié (Cofidis, le crédit en ligne)

    The top 5 of the general classification of the Tour du Haut Var 2011

    Thomas VoecklerThe top 5 of the general classification of the Tour du Haut Var 2011 is as follows:

    1/ Thomas Voeckler (Team Europcar)
    2/ Julien Antomarchi (VC La Pomme Marseille) - +0'08"
    3/ Rinaldo Nocentini (AG2R La Mondiale) - +0'28"
    4/ José Joaquin Rojas (Movistar Team) - +0'29"
    5/ Rémi Pauriol (FDJ) - +0'37"

    by Thomas Vergouwen
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