31st Tour of l´Ain
Stage 2: Bellignat – Col de la Faucille (123,9 km)
The Sevillian Juan Pedro López concluded into top-20 of the second stage of the Tour of l´Ain, a high final in the Col de la Faucille where he conquered the partial victory and the French Alexandre Geniez (AG2R) ascended to the provisional leadership.
The stage, very moved, was revolutionized during the ascent to Col de Menthieres, penultimate orographic difficulty of the day. There Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) went on the attack and there he dynamited definitively a race that would live a small regrouping in view of the final ascent. A score of riders, among which was López, would end up standing out in the lead in the rear terrain.
Already in the ramps of La Faucille the hostilities were unleashed again, a fight with a lot of French weight and again the proper name of Pinot. Juan Pedro López, who looked for his rhythm, would finally arrive at 1:09 of the winner. His teammate Stefano Oldani finished the twenty-second, leading a small platoon that crossed the finish line at 3:56.
Four seconds separate Pinot from Geniez’s leadership, a minimum income that will surely condition the evolution of a third and last stage of the Tour of l´Ain that will finish at the summit of the Grand Colombier. A second consecutive high-demand finish where the Sevillian cyclist of the Kometa Cycling Team will again have an opportunity to show his skills when the road faces the sky.
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