Kwiato second despite crash

05 Jun 2018

Kwiato second despite crash

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A crash took down Criterium du Dauphine race leader Michal Kwiatkowski ahead of the final kilometre of stage two.

After hitting the deck coming off a roundabout on the run-in, the Pole was able to remount and cross the line in Belleville. Despite the three-kilometre rule ensuring Kwiatkowski didn’t lose time at the finish, third place and accompanying bonus seconds in the sprint saw Daryl Impey (Mitchelton-Scott) assume the race lead.
 
Kwiatkowski had looked comfortable across the 181km test, which featured four categorised climbs.
 
A number of motivated teams helped Team Sky with the pace-setting duties, before late attacks fired. Following the final climb of the day Gianni Moscon followed a move, with three riders off the front briefly before being hauled back.
 
Ahead of Wednesday’s team time trial Kwiatkowski now sits second overall, two seconds behind Impey, with Moscon retaining third and the young rider jersey, five seconds back.
 
Geraint Thomas was the first Team Sky rider across the line as part of the bunch sprint, which was won by Pascal Ackermann (Bora-Hansgrohe).
After the stage Moscon explained how the stage played out. He said: “It’s been a demanding stage again today. Just like yesterday, on paper it looked pretty easy and suitable for a bunch sprint but it’s been hard all day and a group of about 50 riders sprinted for the stage victory. 
 
“Kwiato has been unfortunate to crash. It’s bad luck, but let’s hope he doesn’t have any longer-lasting consequences.
 
“It’s true that we’ll be the favourites tomorrow - we have a strong team., but there are others like Quick-Step and Mitchelton-Scott [who are also strong]. We’ll ride flat out like always and hope to live up to expectations.”
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Stage two result:

1. Pascal Ackermann (Bora-Hansgrohe) 4:19:57
2. Edvald Boasson Hagen (Dimension Data) s.t.
3. Daryl Impey (Mitchelton-Scott)
4. Oliver Naesen (Ag2r-La Mondiale)
5. Jens Keukeleire (Lotto Soudal)
24. Geraint Thomas (Team Sky)

Overall standings:

1. Daryl Impey (Mitchelton-Scott) 8:51:46
2. Michal Kwiatkowski (Team Sky) +2"
3. Gianni Moscon (Team Sky) +5"

4. Bob Jungels (Quick-Step Floors) +9"
5. Julian Alaphilippe (Quick-Step Floors) +10"

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