Coquard denies Van der Poel on stage 2 of the Arctic Race

Bryan Coquard (Vital Concept – B&B Hotels) claimed the second stage of the Arctic Race of Norway, pipping stage 1 winner Mathieu van der Poel (Corendon-Circus) to take the victory.

Christophe Laporte (Cofidis) went very early in the sprint and eventually finished in third place.

“For the finale, we had only Kevin Reza and Jeremy Lecroq, but Kevin is amazing for the lead-out. He put me on the wheel of Christophe Laporte, and I opened my sprint after the last corner,” said Coquard.

“Mathieu van der Poel is very, very strong but today, I was sure that if I was in a good position, then it was going to be possible to win and to beat Van der Poel.”

Van der Poel leads the general classification by nine seconds from Alexey Lutsenko (Astana), with Andrea Pasqualon (Wanty– Gobert) two seconds further back in third.

Arctic Race of Norway 2019 – stage 2 results (Henningsvær – Svolvær):

1Bryan Coquard (Vital Concept-B&B Hotel)

3:45:14

2Mathieu van der Poel (Corendon-Circus)

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3Christophe Laporte (Cofidis)

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4August Jensen (Israel Cycling Academy)

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5Louis Bendixen (Team Coop)

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6Herman Dahl (Joker Fuel of Norway)

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7Emils Liepins (Wallonie Bruxelles)

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8Nathan Haas (Katusha-Alpecin)

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9Christophe Noppe (Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise)

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10Jordi Warlop (Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise)

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Arctic Race of Norway 2019 – general classification after stage 2:

1Mathieu van der Poel (Corendon-Circus)

7:16:09

2Alexey Lutsenko (Astana)

+09”

3Markus Hoelgaard (Uno-X)

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4Andrea Pasqualon (Wanty-Gobert)

+11”

5Christophe Laporte (Cofidis)

+12”

6Amund Grøndahl Jansen (Jumbo-Visma)

+13”

7Krists Neilands (Israel Cycling Academy)

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8Magnus Cort (Astana)

+14”

9Jordi Warlop (Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise)

+16”

10Benjamin Declercq (Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise)

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