Hushovd Wins Stage 2 of Tour du Languedoc-Roussillon
Thor Hushovd (Credit Agricole) has won his second consecutive stage of the Tour de Languedoc-Roussillon. Hushovd took a bunch sprint to win the rolling, 188-km run from Port-Leucate to Narbonne in 4:47:25. As was the case in Stage 1, Samuel Dumoulin (Ag2r) and Jerome Pineau (Brioches La Boulangere) finished second and third, respectively. Hushovd remains the overall leader.
The racing started early. At four km, Christophe Edaleine (Cofidis) attacked, and Anthony Charteau (Brioches La Boulangere) joined him. The pair's lead on the Credit Agricole-led peloton fluctuated, but it maxed out at 6:10. Then, U.S. Postal Service began to chase.
With about 25 km left, the bunch reeled in the break. The peloton split, and a lead group that was composed of approximately 50 riders fought out the finish. With 250 m remaining, Hushovd took the lead and held on for the win.
In the overall, Hushovd leads Dumoulin by 0:08 and Pineau by 0:13. Stage 3 will be a rolling, 162-km run from Ganges Aigues to Mortes. Will Hushovd keep his lead? Check in at www.roadcycling.com and find out!