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Simon wins stage 2 of Tour du Haut Var as Vichot seals overall victory

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Julien Simon (Cofidis) opened his account for 2017 with victory on the second and final stage of the Tour du Haut Var in Draguignan, while Arthur Vichot (FDJ) finished third to seal the overall win.

The 206.8km stage had both its start and its finish in the city of Draguignan. Raffaello Bonusi, Angel Madrazo, Thibault Ferasse, Franck Bonnamour and Nicolas Baldo formed the lead group of the day and created a gap of up to four minutes.

The five were caught at about 25 kilometers from the finish. A new group then formed ahead of the peloton and while Vichot had managed to make the cut, race leader Samuel Dumoulin failed to do so.

In the final sprint, Julien Simon timed his effort well to see off the twin challenges of Julien El Fares (Delko Marseille Provence KTM) and Arthur Vichot (FDJ).

Tour du Haut Var 2017 – stage 2 results (Draguignan – Draguignan):

1 Julien Simon (Cofidis)

5:22:01

2 Julien El Fares (Delko Marseille Provence KTM)

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3 Arthur Vichot (FDJ)

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4 Mauro Finetto (Delko Marseille Provence KTM)

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5 Romain Hardy (Fortuneo – Vital Concept)

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6 Jonathan Hivert (Direct Energie)

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7 Lilian Calmejane (Direct Energie)

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8 Brent Bookwalter (BMC)

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9 Damiano Caruso (BMC)

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10 Rudy Molard (FDJ)

+07”

 

Final general classification:

1 Arthur Vichot (FDJ)

9:06:49

2 Julien Simon (Cofidis)

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3 Romain Hardy (Fortuneo – Vital Concept)

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4 Damiano Caruso (BMC)

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5 Lilian Calmejane (Direct Energie)

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6 Mauro Finetto (Delko Marseille Provence KTM)

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7 Brent Bookwalter (BMC)

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8 Jonathan Hivert (Direct Energie)

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9 Julien El Fares (Delko Marseille Provence KTM)

+08”

10 Silvan Dillier (BMC)

+28”