Romain Gregoire punched his way to victory on stage two of the 4 Jours de Dunkerque in a frantic finale on a final climb up to the line.
Stage 2 was expected be a day for the puncheurs, and some sprinters who have sharp climbing legs. The finale in Laon will be very explosive, featuring a 9% ramp for 600 meters just 5.5 kilometres away from the finish. The last 1.9 kilometres average 4%, making it a slight uphill finale which has the potential to be very open.
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Hoping it could be a day for a breakaway surprise was a six-rider group. Best placed of the breakaway riders after stage 1 was Samuel Leroux (Van Rysel - Roubaix Lille Métropole) at 7 seconds off the race lead.
With 20km to go, the time gap was just 53 seconds between peloton and breakaway meaning another second consecutive bunch finish was likely.
In a frenzied finale, the three remaining leaders reached the final kick up to the line with an advantage of just 5 seconds.
Victor Lafay made a dig, riding clear of the peloton and catching the leaders. As he took a moment to catch his breath though a raging peloton came flying past.
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