Galland takes first Limousin stage
Eurosport - Tue, 17 Aug 23:05:00 2010
Jérémie Galland took victory in the first stage of the Tour du Limousin for his Saur-Sojasun team after the early breakaway riders were caught by the peloton in the final stretches.
Just four kilometres into the 193km stage a group of three riders broke free - Martin Mortensen (Vacansoleil), Stéphane Augé (Cofidis) and Cedric Coutouly (Saur-Sojasun).
They remained ahead for more than half the stage, and at one point enjoyed a lead of 16 minutes over the peloton.
As the day’s cycling neared its conclusion their advantage was sliced to just three minutes, and with 30km still to race Augé opted to go it alone.
Augé’s break merely delayed the inevitable and around 10km from the line the race became a sprint.
Galland had too much power for the rest of the field and the 27 year-old took the second stage victory of his year, beating Caisse d'Epargne's Jose Joaquin Rojas and Saxo Bank’ss Michael Morkov into second and third places.
In the process he also took the yellow jersey with a ten second advantage over Rojas and Morkov.
There was some consolation for the breakaway riders with Augé topping the sprint standings and Mortensen claiming the best climber jersey.