Davide Rebellin was the runner-up on the 2nd stage of Tour du Limousin. In the uphill sprint he was beaten only by the Frenchman, Cyril Gautier (Europcar).
Stage two was slightly harder than the opening one. Two category 2 climbs in the second part of the distance and uphill finish was something that Davide Rebellin was looking forward to. He loves short, but steep climbs and terrain suited him well.
At the beginning series of attacks lead to 6 man group with Pierre-Henri Lecuisinier (FDJ.fr), Clément Saint-Martin (La Pomme Marseille), Jérome Pineau (IAM Cycling), Christophe Laborie (Bretagne Séché-Environnement), Johnny Hoogerland (Androni Giocattoli-Venezuela) and Matteo Rabottini (Neri Sottoli). They established 3:30 lead but the peleton didn’t feel comfortable with them in the front and caugh the group at 60km into the stage. This is also when Piotr Gawronski had to abandon the race.
Axel Domont (AG2R la Mondiale), Pierrig Quemeneur (Team Europcar) and Rudy Molard (Cofidis) formed another breakaway. Their maximum advantage was around 4:30. Quemeneur took both cat. 2 KOMs but he and his compatriots were not able to maintain their lead all the way to the finish in Grèzes.
On the last climb, with the uphill finish few riders tried to attack, but eventually the most powerful move came from Cyril Gautier (Europcar) who attacked in the final 500m. Davide Rebellin crossed the line right after him, and was given the same time as the winner. Rein Taaramäe (Cofidis) was third.
Rebellin moved up to 5th place in the general classification, and is 19 seconds behind the leader, Björn Leukemans.
Results of stage 2, Trélissac – Grèzes, 171,8 km;
1. Cyril Gautier (Europcar) 4:13:59
2. Davide Rebellin (CCC Polsat Polkowice)
3. Rein Taaramae (Cofidis)
38. Nikolay Mihaylov 1:31
62. Adrian Kurek 4:12
75. Jacek Morajko 5:59
76. Jaroslaw Marycz
78. Tomasz Kiendys
128. Pawel Charucki 18:11
DNF Piotr Gawronski