Surprising victory for Davide Martinelli in Tour de La Provence

Davide Martinelli surprisingly took his first professional win on the second stage of Tour La Provence as he led his teammate Fernando Gaviria across the line in a 1-2 for Etixx-QuickStep. The pair were the first two riders in the final turn and when Lorrenzo Manzin (FDJ) crashed out from third position, they had plenty of time to celebrate the victory while Daniele Ratto (Androni) could only sprint to a distant third place.

Thomas Voeckler (Direct Energie) stayed safe in the chaos and so defended his seven-second lead over Petr Vakoc (Etixx-QuickStep). He now just needs to survive the final stage which is very similar to today’s. It has a tough start with three hard climbs but the final 120km are mainly flat. There are a few small rises inside the final 30km but unless the wind comes into play, it will be hard to prevent another bunch sprint.

Tour de La Provence 2016 – stage 2 results (Miramas – Istres):

1 Davide Martinelli (Etixx – Quick-Step)  4:48:17
2 Fernando Gaviria (Etixx – Quick-Step)

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3 Daniele Ratto (Androni Giocattoli – Sidermec)

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4 Jan Bakelants (AG2R)

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5 Michael Van Staeyen (Cofidis)

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6 Antoine Demoitie (Wanty – Groupe Gobert)

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7 Damien Touzé (French National Team)

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8 Simon Sellier (rench National Team)

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9 Sergei Chernetski (Katusha)

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10 Hugo Hofstetter (Cofidis)  ,,

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