Christophe Riblon wins stage two of 2013 Tour of Poland

Christophe Riblon (Ag2r La Mondiale) backed up his Tour de France stage win on Alpe d’Huez with victory on stage two of the Tour of Poland in the Italian Dolomites.

The 32-year-old, who was the only French stage winner in this year’s Tour, attacked eight kilometres from the summit of the final climb to finish more than a minute ahead of Thomas Rohregger (Radioshack-Leopard) and Georg Preidler (Argos-Shimano).

Christophe Riblon wins stage two of the 2013 Tour of Poland

Team Sky’s Sergio Henao finished fourth, one minute and 35 seconds behind Riblon, to move up to second overall, four seconds behind overall leader Rafal Majka (Saxo-Tinkoff)

Bradley Wiggins, who is racing for the first time since withdrawing from the Giro d’Italia, finished 58th on the stage after supporting team leader Henao up until the final climb.

Team Sky directeur sportif Dan Hunt said: “It was a super ride by Sergio today, supported really well by Brad – right up until the last climb.

“Sergio looked really strong and he’s in a great position now. The break took no time on the rest of the top GC guys. He was able to sit in the front group and not expend lots of energy like he did yesterday. That meant he could finish strong.”

The peloton will enjoy a rest day on Monday in order to make the transfer from northern Italy to Poland, before racing resumes on Tuesday with a 226km stage from Krakow to Rzeszow.

Tour of Poland 2013 – stage two – result

1) Christophe Riblon (FRA) – Ag2r La Mondiale – 6:03:40 hours
2) Thomas Rohregger (AUT) – Radioshack-Leopard +1’02”
3) Georg Preidler (AUT) – Argos-Shimano +1’18”
4) Sergio Henao (COL) – Team Sky +1’35”
5) Rafal Majka (POL) – Saxo-Tinkoff – same time
6) Pieter Weening (NED) – Orica-GreenEDGE – +1’38”
7) Chris Anker Sörensen (DEN) – Saxo-Tinkoff +1’40”
8) Jon Izaguirre Insausti (SPA) – Euskaltel-Euskadi – same time
9) Domenico Pozzovivo (ITA) – Ag2r La Mondiale +1’44”
10) Eros Capecchi (ITA) – Movistar – same time

General classification

1) Rafal Majka (POL) – Saxo-Tinkoff – 11:04:43 hours
2) Sergio Henao (COL) – Team Sky +4″
3) Christophe Riblon (FRA) – Ag2r La Mondiale +6″
4) Pieter Weening (NED) – Orica-GreenEDGE +7″
5) Jon Izaguirre Insausti (SPA) – Euskaltel-Euskadi +9″
6) Chris Anker Sörensen (DEN) – Saxo-Tinkoff – same time
7) Eros Capecchi (ITA) – Movistar +13″
8) Domenico Pozzovivo (ITA) – Ag2r La Mondiale – same time
9) Robert Kiserlovski (CRO) – Radioshack-Leopard +16″
10) Thomas Rohregger (AUT) – Radioshack-Leopard +18″

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