Tour du Limousin (st. 2)
Movistar Team tries to break harmony into the field at Auzances' difficult finish loop, comes meters short to surprise as Visconti finishes 4th behind Roman Maikin (GAZ)
The Tour du Limousin saw again the most courageous version from the Movistar Team on stage two, another lumpy ride with a difficult circuit in Auzances (174 km).
As the race remained under control from very early, BMC and Cofidis keeping gaps tight with the breakaway of Cosnefroy (ALM), Delaplace (FVC), Le Roux (ECA) and Dassonville (AUB), the squad directed by José Luis Jaimerena took the reins into the final 15km with a strong pace change that brought Giovanni Visconti into a selected front group.
The Italian's move, which started as a five-man attempt -including the race leader Joey Rosskopf (BMC) himself-, got down to a duo which the three-time national champion tried to make count until the very finishing straight. There, the man from San Baronto was caught as Russian Roman Maikin (GAZ) narrowly beat 2015 overall winner Sonny Colbrelli (BAR) on the slightly uphill sprint.
Visconti came home in 4th place -with Fran Ventoso in 12th-, a result which isn't still making the Blues happy. The Spanish team will still have another two more chances, starting with Thursday's most demanding stage over 180km and the Côte de Roche-le-Peyroux (3ª), just 7k from the finish in Liginiac.
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