Adria creates the surprise

At the end of a course reduced to only 34.3 kilometers, Roger Adria signed the first victory of the season in the sprint for the Kern Pharma team during the 2nd stage of the Route d’Occitanie. Arnaud Démare loses the leader’s jersey to the Spaniard.

It’s a funny stage that the Route d’Occitanie experienced this Friday. Initially scheduled for 154.7 kilometers between Graulhet and Roquefort-en-Aveyron, the second lifting of the event came up against the ban on passage through the Tarn territory decided by the Prefecture due to the heat wave red alert. in force. Taken aback, the organizers finally opted for a shortened stage of 34.3 kilometers launched from Belmont-sur-Rance. Who says short stage, also says nervous stage and, from the start, Niki Terpstra tried to break away. A long time alone, the TotalEnergies team rider saw the peloton keeping him close. At the foot of the main difficulty of the day, the Côte de Tiergues, whose foot was eleven kilometers from the finish, Niki Terpstra saw Ben Healy and Morné van Niekerk get back on his wheel.

Adria in beefy

The Dutchman eventually gave in to the effort. However, the peloton wasted no time in recapturing the runaways before an uphill false flat finish. The last kilometer saw Alejandro Valverde working for his teammates but Max Kanter couldn’t reward that effort. Indeed, in the sprint, it was Roger Adria who proved to be the strongest and gave the Kern Pharma team its first victory of the season. Michael Valgren fails in second place ahead of Max Kanter and Julien Simon. On a terrain that was not conducive to his qualities, Arnaud Démare could not fight to defend his Route d’Occitanie leader’s jersey. Only 32nd, the French sprinter yields to Roger Adria, who doubles this Friday but, in the game of bonuses, remains at the same time as the Spaniard

2nd stage – Belmont-sur-Rance-Roquefort-en-Aveyron (34.3km) – Friday June 27, 2022
1- Roger Adria (ESP/Kern Pharma) in 42’42”
2- Michael Valgren (DAN/EF Education-Easypost) mt
3Julien Simon (FRA/TotalEnergies) mt
4- Max Kanter (ALL/Movistar) mt
5- Axel Mariault (FRA/U Nantes Atlantique) mt
6- Michael Woods (CAN/Israel-Premier Tech) mt
7- Filippo Baroncini (ITA/Trek-Segafredo) mt
8- Jonas Wilsly (DAN/Uno-X) mt
9- Odd Christian Eiking (NOR/EF Education-Easypost) mt
10- Andrea Vendrame (ITA/AG2R-Citroën) mt

General classification after 2 stages (out of 4)
1- Roger Adria (ESP/Kern Pharma) eb 4h56’27”
2- Arnaud Démare (FRA/Groupama-FDJ) mt
3- Michael Valgren (DAN/EF Education-Easypost) at 4”
4- Julien Simon (FRA/TotalEnergies) at 6”
5- Max Kanter (ALL/Movistar) at 10”
6- Andrea Vendrame (ITA/AG2R-Citroën) at 10”
7- Oscar Pelegri (ESP/Burgos-BH) at 10”
8Cyril Barthe (FA/B&B Hotels-KTM) at 10”
9- Valentin Paret Painter (FRA/AG2R-Citroën) at 10”
10- Michael Woods (CAN/Israel-Premier Tech) at 10”

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