Euskaltel stayed out of trouble and out of the action on today's second leg of the Etoile de Bessèges.
Just like yesterday, the riders in orange were nowhere to be seen when the stage from Nîmes to Les Fumades was to be decided. Europcar's young speedster Bryan Coquard grabbed an impressive win, while Rubén Pérez was the first Euskaltel rider across the line in 47th place.
All riders managed to stay with the pack, though, and thus avoided slipping further down the overall classification. Ahead of tomorrow's lumpy stage three, Pérez (30th) and Sicard (41st) are both within touching distance of leader Van Staeyen, 16 seconds adrift.
Results (full results here):
- 1 (Bryan Coquard (Europcar), 3:45:18)
- 47, Rubén Pérez, s.t.
- 49, Ricardo Mestre, s.t.
- 54, Jure Kocjan, s.t.
- 64, Romain Sicard, s.t.
- 83, Ricardo García, s.t.
- 102, Adrián Sáez, s.t.
- 129, Pablo Urtasun, s.t.