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cj2002

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For the second year in a row, the Tour du Poitou-Charentes charged towards its finale in Poitiers headed by the Spanish national champion. 12 months after Francisco Ventoso won the final stage, his compatriot and teammate Jesus Herrada repeated the feat and secured 2nd place overall.

Herrada was among 13 early escapees - Vichot #fdj #bouhanni, Belkov and Vorganov #katusha, Poux #sojasun, Schelling #iam, Pozzo #vinifantini, Fouchard #cofidis, Delpech #bretagne, David #crelan, Rostollan #pomme, Minnaard #rabobank and Kneisky (Roubaix-Lille Métropole) joined him. The Spaniard started the day 58" down on overnight leader, new Time Trial sensation Thomas Voeckler #white #europcar, so the group was never going to be given a huge amount of room for leeway. With 100km to go, Europcar were well in control of the peloton, and keeping the group no more than 2'30" ahead.

3 ascents of the Côte de la Rue du Roitelet awaited the peloton as they came into Poitiers, with sections at 15%. [see http://www.strava.com/segments/1531071 for the Strava segment of the climb]. Herrada found himself doing the lion's share of the work as the gap tumbled to just 55" and the pace shed riders from the leading group. 8 remained in the lead as they crossed the line for the second time - with one lap and one ascent of Roitelet to come. With 8km to go, Herrada attacked: Vichot and Vorganov went with him and the trio built the gap up to a handful of seconds.  Herrada was the first to launch the sprint and held off Vichot on the line to claim his first victory since the nationals, and secure the young riders jersey to boot. Bouhanni led the peloton across the line, 16" behind the winner (keeping the points jersey), meaning that Thomas Voeckler kept the white jersey and joined Sylvain Chavanel and Jens Voigt as double-winners of the Tour du Poitou-Charentes.







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