Starting in a solitary breakaway more than one hundred kilometers from the finish, the Belgian was finally caught in the last ten kilometers.
Alexander Kristoff (UAE Emirates) won the second stage of the 34th German Tour (2.HC), held between Marburg and Göttingen (202km). He was ahead of Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain-Merida) and Yves Lampaert (Deceuninck-Quick-Step). The Norwegian is now leader of the general, with ten and twelve seconds ahead of his two dolphins of the day. Remco Evenepoel has been the great facilitator of this stage. Starting 106 km from the finish, the young Belgian was taken back only in the last bump, 9.5 km from the line.
The frantic pace of the peloton to catch Evenepoel had previously been fatal to the leader of the general and winner of the first stage Pascal Ackermann.
The finish was played in the sprint. Kristoff managed to climb Colbrelli, while Lampaert took a nice third place.
"It was very impressive, I was not sure we could come back on him," commented on the line the winner of the day about Remco Evenepoel.
The third and penultimate stage will be played Saturday between Göttingen and Eisenach (189 km).
The live of the race:
– Finish: Alexander Kristoff wins the sprint after an indecisive end of the race!
– 5 kilometers from the finish: Remco is dropped by the peloton in the last difficulty of the day, while his team leads at full speed to try to catch Hirschi and Lutsenko, escaped. Evenepoel greets the camera …
– 8 kilometers from the finish: Remco Evenepoel is resumed after a solitary breakaway of nearly one hundred kilometers. How many other 19-year-old riders can boast of such a performance, only shattered by the undermining work of a former Tour winner?
– 13 kilometers from the finish: the gap continues to fall: 30 seconds. It will be a bit short, for Remco, while Geraint Thomas has taken the lead. But with him, you never know …
– 18 kilometers from the finish: the peloton chasers recompose and the gap stagnates at 50 seconds … Evenepoel's teammates perfectly protect his offensive by jumping in the wheels of the counter-attackers.
– 22 kilometers from the finish: Lutsenko starts the hostilities within the peloton and the gap goes back under the minute. The peloton of the defeated, including all the sprinters, points to 5'00 "The leader, he had to avoid a cyclist imprudent …
– 30 kilometers from the finish: the gap begins to melt, especially under the impetus of Geraint Thomas who rolls alone at the head of the pack and who gives everything … – 40 kilometers from the finish: maximum distance reached for Remco: 3'20 "!
– 90 kilometers from the finish: several riders start "the board" at the head of the pack, understanding that the danger is real. But the gap does not diminish.
– 105 kilometers from the finish: Evenepoel attacks alone. He quickly dug a minute gap between him and a reduced squad.