Tour du Poitou Charentes
Stage 2: Saintes - Angoulême - Stage Details

Michael Albasini narrowly missed the podium on the second stage of Tour of Poitou Charentes. Following a hectic day over lumpy terrain, Albasini sprinted to fourth behind back-to-back stage victories and race leader Nacer Bouhanni (FDJ.fr), Armindo Fonseca (Bretagne Séche Enviornnement) and Maxime Vantomme (Crelan-Euphony).

Overall contenders Luke Durbridge, last year’s Tour of Poitou Charentes winner, and Michael Hepburn followed wheels on the steep, punchy hill to the finish in the hopes of staving off time gaps ahead of Thursday’s time trial. Ultimately, the pair lost 8” to the front group of 27 riders that finished on the same time as Bouhanni.

"For me and Durbo, it was about going full tilt up that last little climb to the finish with the bunch. We hoped that we did enough to get the same time as the stage winner, but we weren’t sure how they would score it in the end. It was all single file, and there no gaps that I could see ahead of me. I learned later that we finished 8” back, but most of the other guys that will ride a good time trial tomorrow have the same gap as us, so it’s not really a problem. We’ll just have to make sure we’re quick tomorrow!" - Michael Hepburn

Results

Place Rider/Team Time
1 Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) - FDJ.fr 4:06:54
2 Armindo Fonseca (Fra) - Bretagne Séché Environnement ST
3 Maxime Vantomme (Bel) - Crelan - Euphony ST
4 Michael Albasini (Swi) - ORICA GreenEDGE ST
5 Oscar Gatto (Ita) - Vini Fantini-Selle Italia ST
6 Jean-Luc Delpech (Fra) - Bretagne Séché Environnement ST
7 Jérémie Galland (Fra) - Sojasun ST
8 Omar Bertazzo (Ita) - Androni Giocattoli - Venezuela ST
9 Francisco José Ventoso Alberdi (Spa) - Movistar Team ST
10 Davide Appollonio (Ita) - AG2R La Mondiale ST
Place Mitchelton-SCOTT Riders Time
4 Michael Albasini (Swi) - ORICA GreenEDGE ST
30 Luke Durbridge (Aus) - ORICA GreenEDGE 0:00:08
40 Michael Hepburn (Aus) - ORICA GreenEDGE ST
87 Fumiyuki Beppu (Jpn) - ORICA GreenEDGE 0:00:21
114 Brett Lancaster (Aus) - ORICA GreenEDGE 0:01:08
117 Jens Mouris (Ned) - ORICA GreenEDGE 0:01:13