Lawless sprints to second as Dunbar holds firm

21 Jun 2019

Lawless sprints to second as Dunbar holds firm

La Route d’Occitanie – Stage two: Labruguiere – Martres-Tolosane, 187.7km

Chris Lawless sprinted to second place on day two at La Route d’Occitanie as Eddie Dunbar retained second overall.
The Brit was moved into position ahead of a technical sprint and opened up early in Martres-Tolosane. Despite latching onto the wheel of Arnaud Demare (Groupama-FDJ) Lawless was just unable to overhaul his rival.
The bunch sprint ensured that Dunbar and the peloton finished on the same time, with the Irishman sitting just four seconds back on leader Alejandro Valverde (Movistar), retaining the young rider jersey in the process.
Ivan Sosa remains well placed on the GC in fifth as the race prepares to enter the mountains at the weekend. 
Photos: Route d'Occitanie / A.Lipke

Photos: Route d'Occitanie / A.Lipke

Stage two result:

1. Arnaud Demare (Groupama-FDJ) 4:50:13
2. Chris Lawless (Team INEOS) s.t.
3. Moreno Hofland (EF Education First)
4. Sacha Modolo (EF Education First)
5. David Gonzalez (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA)

Overall Standings:

1. Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) 9:34:04
2. Eddie Dunbar (Team INEOS) +4"
3. Elie Gesbert (Arkea Samsic) +8"
4. Tony Gallopin (AG2R La Mondiale) +12"
5. Ivan Sosa (Team INEOS) s.t.
6. Rigoberto Uran (EF Education First) 
10. Pavel Sivakov (Team INEOS) +44"