The second stage of the 2017 Critérium du Dauphiné would provide the sprinters with an opportunity to take a victory, after a first stage which favoured the breakaway riders.
A plethora of strong sprinters are lining up for the prestigious week-long race, with Alexander Kristoff (Katusha-Alpecin), Nacer Bouhanni (Cofidis), Arnaud Démare (FDJ) and Ben Swift (UAE Team Emirates) all aiming for a stage win or two on the few sprint stages at this year’s Dauphiné.
In traditional Dauphiné style, riders would still need to contend with four categorised climbs along the 171km route from Saint Chamond to Arlanc, including a category two climb early on.
But the finish provides a kinder run-in for the fast men, with a flat road into the finish line.
It’ll be another day for the GC riders to try and safe, with Thomas De Gendt holding the overall lead going into the second stage after his victory on stage one.
Catch-up with the highlights of the second stage above, or read the full report here.
The Critérium du Dauphiné continues on Wednesday with stage three, which should provide another opportunity for the sprinters.