By VeloNews Interactive wire services, Copyright 2001 AFP
Frenchman David Moncoutié took the second stage of the four-day Tour de Limousin in France, while stage 1 winner Franck Bouyer (Bonjour) held onto the race lead. Mercury’s Chris Wherry and Crédit Agricole’s Bobby Julich both finished in the top 10 on Wednesday, and moved into 10th and eighth, respectively, in the overall standings.
Wednesday’s 166.5km stage from Saint-Just-le Martel to Ussel was a relatively calm one. The main breakaway of the day — containing Bruno Thibout (Jean Delatour), Gilles Maignan (Ag2R) and Gilles Canouet (French national team) — was caught shortly before the finish. Moncoutié jumped away on the false-flat run-in to the line, going across with about a dozen meters to spare on runner-up Florent Brard of Festina. Wherry finished seventh, while Julich was 10th on the stage.
1. David Moncoutié (F), Cofidis, 166.5km in 4:21:54; 2. Florent Brard (F), Festina, at 0:01; 3. Patrice Halgand (F), Jean Delatour; 4. Harald Morscher (A), Nurnberger; 5. Regis Lhuiller (F), La Français des Jeux; 6. Koldo Gil Perez (Sp), iBanesto.com; 7. Chris Wherry (USA), Mercury; 8. Benoit Salmon (F), Ag2R; 9. Nico Mattan (B), Cofidis; 10. Bobby Julich (USA), Crédit Agricole, all s.t.;
1. Franck Bouyer (F), Bonjour; 2. Patrick Jonker (Nl), Big Mat, 0:06; 3. Moncoutié, at 0:18; 4. Brard, at 0:21; 5. Halgand, at 0:23; 6. Mattan, at 0:25; 7. Lhuiller; 8. Julich; 9. Artour Babaitchev (Rus), Nurnberger; 10. Wherry, all s.t.