Circuit de la Sarthe (st. 2)
2nd place in morning sector of Circuit de la Sarthe, behind Ahlstrand (GIA); Andalusian now with ten top-five finishes in 2014. Crucial 6.8km ITT to sort GC out this afternoon
Just like on stage two of the Dubai Tour in February -when only a top rider like Marcel Kittel (GIA) could beat him- and in the Clasica de Almería in early March, Juanjo Lobato left his sign again on the door of success in the 2nd stage of the Circuit de la Sarthe, held this morning over 88km from Ancenis and Angers. A perfect leadout from Fran Ventoso saw the Trebujena-based rider ultimately beaten by Jonas Ahlstrand (GIA).
Lobato is now in second place overal ahead of an important, 6.8km individual time trial on the steets of Angers. The Movistar Team will be heading into this technical course with several winning chances -Dowsett at the helm, with Herrada, Sütterlin and Gutiérrez as possible alternatives- and the lead in the teams’ classification, their ITT potential as an opportunity to keep it overnight.
Picture (c): Benoît Larvol / Circuit de la Sarthe