By VeloNews Interactive wire services, Copyright 2001 AFP
Festina’s Steffen Radochla won the second stage of the Etoile des Bessèges, 151km between Septèmes-les-Vallons and Miramas in France. Belgian Nico Eeckhout (Lotto-Adecco) retained the leader’s jersey.
Under sunny but windy conditions, the 22-year-old German Radochla won a sprint finish at the end of an animated stage marked by many aggressive, but failed, breakaways. After a 45km breakaway by Jean Delatour’s Christophe Edaleine was brought back, the attacks kept coming until the final kilometer, but the peloton regrouped in time to set up the field sprint, with Radochla edging out Jaan Kirsipuu and Eeckhout.
1. Steffen Radochla (G) 151km 3:26:50.
2. Jaan Kirsipuu (Est)
3. Niko Eeckhout (B)
4. Jo Planckaert (B)
5. Olivier Leniac (F)
6. Jimmy Casper (F)
7. Fabian De Waele (B)
8. Christophe Detilloux (B)
9. Nicolas Jalabert (F)
10. Laurent Brochard (F), all s.t.