Wouter Wippert wins second stage as Rohan Dennis seals overall lead in Tour de L’Avenir 2011

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Wouter Wippert wins second stage as Rohan Dennis seals overall lead in Tour de L’Avenir 2011

Netherlands team’s Wouter Wippert won the bunch sprint of the second stage of Tour de L’Avenir 2011 on Tuesday, September 6. Rohan Dennis took the overall leader’s yellow jersey.
The race started in Rambervillers and ended in Bruyeres. The 21-year-old Dutch cyclists took a total of 3 hours, 51 minutes and 29 seconds to cover the distance of 151 kilometres.
Moreno Hofland tried his best to take a lead but failed and secured runner-up with the same timing of Wippert. The Italian cyclists Filippo Fortin finished third ahead of Raymond Kreder and Jan Keller. 
With 32 kilometres to go, Garikoitz Bravo was the first cyclists who made an attack but failed and was quickly joined by Sjoerd and Haller.
After few kilometres to go, the group of three cyclists made a breakaway lead including Sjoerd Kouwenhoven (Netherlands), Garikoitz Bravo (Spain) and Marco Haller (Austria). All of them took advantage of seven minutes while the lead was reduced to five minutes
and 35 seconds. The peloton were divided into several groups. Marco Haller took the first and second sprint of the stage.
In the final three kilometres, Fortin and Hofland tried to catch Wippert but he increased his pace and crossed the finish line ahead of the other cyclists without any difficulty.
Nairo Alexander Quintana Rojas (Colombia), Romain Bardet (France) and Johan Esteban Chaves (Colombia) were in eighth, ninth and tenth place respectively. Only one cyclist, Ilya Davidenok (Kazakhstan) was disqualified.
Recently, he took second stage of Tour of Berlin. He also took first, third and fourth stage of Tour de Namur and overall points standing.
Rohan Dennis took the overall standing with a timing of 8 hours, 10 minutes and 51 seconds while David Boily was in second place at 24 seconds down to the Australian.
George Preidler was in third place with a difference of 35 seconds ahead of Moreno Hofland and Tom Dumoulin. The stage winner Wippert was in 62nd place ahead of Janssens.
The third stage will start in Rambervillers and finish in Bruyères as all the cyclists will cover the distance of 151 kilometres.



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