Gaviria celebrates his 26th birthday with an impressive victory

The Colombian celebrated his anniversary with a sprint victory in the second stage of the Limousin Tour. Joel Suter, second today, is the new leader.


Colombian Fernando Gaviria (UAE Emirates) gave himself a victory for his 26th birthday in the second stage of the Limousin Tour, held from the Base Départementale de Rouffiac and Grand Etang de Saint-Estèph, of 173.9 kilometers, in which the Swiss Joel Suter (Bingoal Wallanie) donned the leader's jersey.

Gaviria, on his anniversary day, fought for the victory and the coin came out heads, as he was finally able to impose his speed by signing a time of 4:13:18, ahead of Suter and the Frenchman Kevin Ledanois (Arkea Samsic ), which reached 2 seconds.

An intense stage from the beginning, since a breakaway was immediately formed after several attempts by Euskaltel Euskadi, which managed to put Jokin Aranburu in the advance of 4, along with Guillonnet, Rex and Pichon.

The Zarautz cyclist passed first at the Cota de Saint-Barthélémy (km 115), but later he could not stand the rhythm of his escape companions or the harassment of the peloton, which was filing the difference due to the impulse of Groupama and Vini Zabú of the Wackermann leader.

Guillonet, Rex and Pichon continued in the fight until the 10 kilometer banner to the finish line, victims of the successive attacks that were taking place in the peloton to generate the sprint that interested the teams of sprinters. The Spaniards Delio Fernández (Delko) and Gonzálo Serrano (Caja Rural) attacked and the group jumped into the air. On the Cota de Nontron-la-Manganèze, the last difficulty of the day, 5 runners passed in the lead, with Gaviria already attentive.

The Frenchman Gouchard tried to release Gaviria, a clear favorite for the sprint, but the Colombian managed to finish off the task with the fifth victory of the season, after the three stages he signed in San Juan and one in Burgos.

Consolation prize for the Swiss Suter, second classified, who will have to defend the lead against the Italian Luca Wackermann (Vini Zabú), with the same time and the French Kevin Ledanois, at 7. This Thursday, the third stage will take the peloton from Ussac to Chamberet, with an undulating path of 177.9 kilometers.

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