Demare goes toe-to-toe with Ewan on the sprint

The Frenchman finished off the good work of the Groupama-FDJ during the second stage of Wallonia. For his part, the Australian maintains the overall lead.


Arnaud Demare took the victory in the second stage of the Tour de Wallonia after finishing off the fantastic work of the Groupama-FDJ throughout the course. The Frenchman was the fastest in a sprint that was resolved in a heads-up with Caleb Ewan in the absence of other sprinters, who either fell (Nizzolo) or could not hold the high race pace (Bennett). The Australian, thanks to his second position, retained the overall lead.

The stage started with a breakout sextet was never a danger for the peloton, despite the fact that at various times it had mishaps in the form of falls. Among the men involved were Greg van Avermaet and the Spanish Isaac Cantón, from Burgos-BH, although both continued in the race. At 30 km from the finish line, the narrow roads of this Belgian region caused a heap at the entrance of a roundabout in which Ewan was injured. The warmth to return to the large group could reduce their options for the sprint.

With the escape neutralized and Ewan's mishap, the chances of victory at the sprint increased for runners with a good top speed, but fallen behind. Thus, the chances of victory for a Mark Cavendish who has not tasted the honeys of victory since 2018 grew, but the Briton was left off the hook before the strong pace imposed by Groupama-FDJ and Deceuninck at the top of the pack.

A 11 km from the finish line, another of the contenders for the victory in the flight said goodbye, the Irishman Sam Bennett. The reason? A tremendous attack from Philippe Gilbert, who saw his opportunity in a section of pavé that itched upwards. He took with him Vliegen, the current champion of the race, and Stybar, but they were neutralized by the peloton. The outcome, as on Sunday, was the sprint, where today Demare took the cat into the water, sensationally trailing Ewan in the final meters despite being worse placed. However, the Australian retained the lead.

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