Arctic Race Of Norway: Coquard Wins Stage 2

Bryan Coquard takes victory on stage 2

Bryan Coquard ( Vital Concept-B&B; Hotels ) won stage 2 of the Arctic Race of Norway , beating overall leader Mathieu van der Poel (Corendon-Circus) into second place in a bunch finish in Svolvær. Mindful of the headwind in the finishing straight, Coquard parked himself on the wheel of Christophe Laporte (Cofidis) ahead of the final corner and allowed his fellow countryman to open his effort from distance before careering past him in the final 100 metres. Van der Poel, such an impressive winner of Thursday's opening stage, tried gamely to get back on terms, but the Dutchman was unable to overhaul Coquard, who claimed his eighth victory of the season. Laporte held on for third ahead of August Jensen (Israel Cycling Academy), while Louis Bendixen (Team Coop) took fifth. "For the finale, we had only Kevin Reza and Jeremy Lecroq, but Kevin is amazing for the lead-out. He put ...

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