Criterium du Dauphine: Thomas de Gendt maintains lead as Demare wins stage

Overall leader Thomas de Gendt
Overall leader Thomas de Gendt remains 48 seconds clear of his nearest challenger

Chris Froome finished safely in the peloton as Frenchman Arnaud Demare sprinted home to win stage two of the Criterium du Dauphine in Arlanc.

Froome, a three-time Dauphine winner, remains one minute and nine seconds behind overall leader Thomas de Gendt of Lotto Soudal.

Team Sky's Froome is bidding to win a fourth Dauphine title, which would be a record for the eight-day stage race.

"It was a demanding stage but I knew it could suit me," said winner Demare.

Four riders broke away up the cote de Croix Blanche before Astana's Alexey Lutsenko took the pace on himself with a brave breakaway which was only foiled three kilometres from the finish.

Norway's Alexander Kristoff (Katusha) looked in a perfect position to claim the stage but Demare (FDJ) squeezed past him to take his sixth stage win of the year.

Stage two result

1. Arnaud Demare (Fra/ FDJ) 4hrs 13mins 53secs

2. Alexander Kristoff (Nor/Katusha) same time

3. Nacer Bouhanni (Fra/Cofidis)

4. Sonny Colbrelli (Ita/Bahrain)

5. Phil Bauhaus (Germ/Sunweb)

6. Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor/Dimension Data)

7. Ben Swift (GB/UAE Team Emirates)

8. Pascal Ackermann (Ger/BORA)

9. Alberto Bettiol (Ita/Cannondale)

10. Bryan Coquard (Fra/Direct Energie)

Selected other

30. Chris Froome (Britain / Team Sky) same time

Overall classification after stage two

1. Thomas De Gendt (Bel/Lotto) 8hrs 30mins 47secs

2. Axel Domont (Fra/AG2R) +48secs

3. Diego Ulissi (Ita/UAE Team Emirates) +1min 03secs

4. Pierre Latour (Fra/AG2R) +1min 07secs

5. Emanuel Buchmann (Ger/BORA) same time

6. Sonny Colbrelli (Ita/Bahrain) +1min 09secs

7. Ben Swift (GB/UAE Team Emirates) same time

8. Alberto Bettiol (Ita/Cannondale)

9. Tony Gallopin (Fra/Lotto)

10. Julien Simon (Fra/Cofidis)

Selected others

13. Chris Froome (GB/Team Sky) same time

72. Simon Yates (GB/Orica)

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