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by Shane Stokes
June 6, 2017
In today’s edition of the Daily News Digest: Démare sprints to victory on stage two of the Critérium du Dauphiné; Stephens soloes to Dirty Kanza victory, Tetrick wins women’s race in record time; Recovering Kristoff accepts second place; Martin: “I feel good”; Cavendish to return to racing at the Tour of Slovenia; Frustrated Viviani could leave Team Sky over racing programme; Bahamontes’ unusual pathway to pro cycling; Self-driving cars have ‘frightening’ inability to spot cyclists; Video: Critérium du Dauphiné 2017 Stage 1 – Onboard GoPro Highlights; Video: Junior Womens Track Cycling
Arnaud Démare took a victory for the French on day two of the Critérium du Dauphiné, hitting the line first in Arlanc. The FDJ rider put in a long sprint and finished comfortably clear of his rivals, with Alexander Kristoff (Katusha-Alpecin) and a hemmed-in Nacer Bouhanni (Cofidis) second and third.
Démare spoke afterwards about the need for respect on the road, referring to accidents between riders and cars. After appealing for motorists to share the road, he commented on the day’s action. “Concerning this second stage I had a very difficult day. With 70 kilometres to go I was dropped on the climbs. Thankfully I was able to count on the help of all my team to make it back in the peloton. They all launched me perfectly for my sixth success this season. Thanks to the tough course, the sprinters of the pack were a bit tired and I was able to seize my chance. I am very happy.”
The stage featured four categorised climbs but with the last of these over 70 kilometres from the end, it was predicted to end in a sprint. This didn’t stop four riders – Nathan Brown (Cannondale-Drapac), Koen Bouwman (LottoNL-Jumbo), Romain Combaud (Delko Marseille Provence KTM) and Démare’s teammate Mickaël Delage (from attacking, although the latter went back to help the peloton in the cahse.
These were later joined by Alexey Lutsenko (Astana), who bridged with 70 kilometres left and then pushed ahead alone approximately 30 kilometres from the line. He was caught three kilometres from the finish, after which Démare roared through to take the win.
Overnight leader Thomas De Gendt (Lotto Soudal) finished in the main bunch and will start Tuesday’s third stage 48 seconds clear of Axel Domont (AG2R La Mondiale) and one minute and three up on Diego Ulissi (UAE Team Emirates).