Arnaud Demare (FDJ.fr) repeated his victory from yesterday at today’s 2nd stage of the Tour de l’Eurometropole. In another frantic sprint finish, Jens Debsusschere (Lotto-Belisol) placed 2nd with Theo Bos (Belkin) in 3rd place. Once again Andreas Stauff was the highest placed rider from Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung in 14th place. Just as was the case yesterday, a 5 rider break would go clear in early part of the stage but the nature of the course lent itself to a bunch sprint. With FDJ.fr controlling most of the day and then some assistance from a few other teams, the break was caught with 40km’s to.
Arnaud Demare (FDJ.fr) won the first stage of the Tour de l’Eurometropole from a bunch sprint. Adrien Petit (Cofidis) was 2nd and Jens Keukeleire (Orica GreenEdge) rounded out the podium. Andreas Stauff was the highest placed rider from Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung in 28th position. The early racing saw our Martin Wesemann being very aggressive and eventually forming part of the first break of the day. The peloton were not happy with the composition of the move though and reeled them in rather quickly. Eventually 5 riders went clear. With so many top sprinters present at the race, most teams wanted to see a sprint.