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Your Thursday Daily News Digest

by Shane Stokes

August 17, 2017

In today’s Daily News Digest: Vuillermoz wins stage 2 of the Tour du Limousin; Kittel signs two-year contract with Katusha-Alpecin; Viviani to race for QuickStep Floors until end of 2019; Dimension Data confirms Vuelta lineup, Morton to make his debut; Warbasse, Denifl and Blythe lead Aqua Blue Sport in team’s first Vuelta; Molly Weaver moves to Drops Cycling; Olympic champion Rissveds to miss MTB worlds due to sponsorship clash with national federation; Team Sky unveils new ‘Race Hub’ for Vuelta a España; Video: Don’t try this at home part I; Video: Don’t try this at home part II

Vuillermoz wins stage 2 of the Tour du Limousin

by Shane Stokes

Grabbing his second victory of the season, Alexis Vuillermoz (Ag2R La Mondiale) was best on day two of the Tour du Limousin on Wednesday, overpowering Francesco Gavazzi (Androni Giocattoli) and Eduard Prades (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA) on the uphill drag to the line. The victory at Le Maupuy Les Monts de Guéret followed on from his success at the Grand Prix Plumelec in May plus his solid 13th overall in the Tour de France.

“I came out of the Tour de France quite fresh, and I took part in the criteriums that gave me the chance to make short, sharp efforts,” he said. “Today the team worked very well and took the responsibility for the stage long before the finish to make sure that the break didn’t get too much time. And then, to put Cyril Gautier and François Bidard at the front with thirty kilometers to go to the finish.

“We then found ourselves in the good position at the final along with the other riders who had ambitions for the victory. Everything played out with punch and energy.”

The 185.8 kilometre stage was animated by a breakaway of six riders, namely Direct Energie’s sprinter Bryan Coquard, Fabien Doubey (Wanty-Groupe Gobert), Oscar Riesebeek (Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij), Aitor Gonzalez (Euskadi Basque Country-Murias), Angel Madrazo (Delko Marseille-Provence KTM) and Fabien Canal (Armée de Terre). These were caught with just over 50 kilometres remaining, then Nicolas Edet (Cofidis), Romain Sicard (Direct Energie), François Bidard (AG2R La Mondiale), Jon Irisarri (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA), Cyril Gautier Romain Seigle (FDJ) and Thomas Degand (Wanty-Groupe Gobert) got clear.

These got a minute but were reeled in before the finish, with Vuillermoz then showing his form in nabbing the win. Stage one victor Elie Gesbert (Fortuneo-Oscaro) finished in the same time in 11th place, and retains the overall lead. He is four seconds clear of Vuillermoz.

Stage 2: Fursac > Le Maupuy Les Monts de Guéret - Stage Result

Wednesday 16th August 2017

1. fr
VUILLERMOZ Alexis
AG2R La Mondiale
04:39:51
2. it
GAVAZZI Francesco
Androni - Sidermec - Bottecchia
0:08
3. es
PRADES Eduard
Caja Rural - Seguros RGA
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