By Andrew Hood
American Chris Horner (Astana) narrowly missed a stage victory Tuesday morning at the Tour de l’Ain in France, but positioned himself to make a run at the overall title in the four-day French race.
French rider Ludovic Turpin (Ag2r) won the morning sector of Tuesday’s two-stage schedule in a busted up sprint, just nipping Horner for his first victory of the season in the hilly stage into Lélex over the Jura Mountains.
Horner crossed the line second, one second ahead of the chasing David Moncoutie (Cofidis).
Turpin takes the leader’s jersey, with Horner slotting into second at two seconds backs, with Moncoutie third at four seconds back.
The race continues Tuesday afternoon with an 8.8km individual time trial at Saint-Genis-Pouilly. A strong performance by Horner could push him into the yellow jersey and position himself for overall victory.
Overnight leader Mickael Buffaz (Cofidis) lost more than two minutes and fell back to 16th overall.
Moncoutie was the main aggressor during the 102.7km stage, leading the way over the Col de Menthières and only getting caught by chasers with 10km to go.