Gilbert Wins Stage 2 of Dauphine Libere, Takes Overall Lead
Philippe Gilbert (Francaise des Jeux) has won Stage 2 of the Dauphine Libere.
Philippe Gilbert (Francaise des Jeux) has won Stage 2 of the Dauphine Libere. The 23-year-old Belgian spent 159 km in the lead en route to victory in the rolling, 203-km run from Bourgoin-Jallieu to Saint-Galmier in 4:45:53. Samuel Dumoulin (Ag2r) finished second at 5:19, and Peter Wrolich (Gerolsteiner) took third at 5:23. Gilbert has taken the overall lead from Stage 1 winner Fabian Wegmann (Gerolsteiner).
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At the start, riders were aggressive. Dumoulin made an early move that was reeled in. Joost Posthuma and Erik Dekker (both from Rabobank) had a go, but they were brought back as well. Frederic Bessy (Cofidis) made a sally, but he got nowhere.
At 44 km, Gilbert, Sebastien Joly (Francaise des Jeux), and Cedric Vasseur (Quick Step) escaped. The peloton, which might have had tomorrow?s 43-km time trial in mind, did not chase, and the fugitives? lead maxed out at 7:50. At 153 km, Vasseur was dropped on the Cote de Brioude, and eventually, Gilbert shed Joly.
In the overall, Gilbert leads Wegmann by 5:22 and Thomas Voeckler (Bouygues Telecom) by 5:27. Stage 3 will produce a change in the standings. The 43-km time trial in Bourg le Peage will be flat and fast. Who will win it? David Zabriskie (CSC)? Floyd Landis (Phonak)? Levi Leipheimer (Gerolsteiner)? Check in at http://www.roadcycling.com/ and find out!