It is a victory at the end of the suspense. Alexis Vuillermoz won in the sprint at the end of the second stage of the Critérium du Dauphiné, Monday in Brives-Charensac (Haute-Loire). The Franc-Comtois, rider of the Total Énergies team, is the new leader of the general classification, his first distinctive jersey in his career.
Breaking away in a group of 6 with Anthony Delaplace, Olivier Le Gac, Kevin Vermaerke, Anders Skaarseth and Xandres Vervloesem, the new yellow jersey was able to win in a small committee. The peloton, too disorderly to come back on the leading runners, finished a few seconds later, despite an aggressive tempo on the second part of the race.
Alexis Vuillermoz is the new leader of the Dauphiné. (B. Papon/The Team)
French teams at the top
Already trapped yesterday, Dylan Groenewegen (Bike Exchange) was once again left behind in the major difficulty of the day, the Col de Mézilhac (2nd category), 50 kilometers from the finish. It was in this ascent that the breakaway, who counted up to 4 minutes and 30 seconds in advance, was able to maintain a mattress necessary to play for the win.
In the general classification, Anders Skaarseth and Olivier Le Gac complete the podium, the former leader Wout Van Aert is fourth and recovers the green jersey of the points classification. No change at the mountain grand prix, Pierre Rolland keeps the polka dot jersey. In the team classification, Arkéa Samsic, at the same time as Total Energies, is ahead of the Groupama FDJ team for a 100% French podium.
The third stage will rally Saint-Paulien (Haute-Loire) to Chastreix-Sancy (Puy-de-Dôme) on Tuesday for what will be the first mountain stage. The opportunity for leaders to test themselves. Vuillermoz will have a lot to do to keep his yellow jersey.