Oier Lazkano wins stage 1 of Boucles de la Mayenne

HAZZA BIN ZAYED STADIUM AL AIN UNITED ARAB EMIRATES FEBRUARY 26 Oier Lazkano Lopez of Spain and Movistar Team prior to the 5th UAE Tour 2023 Stage 7 a 153km stage from Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium to Jebel Hafeet 1029m UAETour UCIWT on February 26 2023 in Al Ain United Arab Emirates Photo by Dario BelingheriGetty Images
Oier Lazkano of Movistar Team (Image credit: Getty Images)

Oier Lazkano (Movistar) claimed the lead of the Boucles de la Mayenne after riding away from his breakaway companions to win stage 2.

The Spaniard was part of a five-man escape that gained enough time to stay away. Lazkano left his companions behind on the final lap to solo to victory. Célestin Guillon (Van Rysel-Roubaix Lille Métropole) stayed clear for second along with Jacob Hindsgaul (Uno-X), who finished third.

Maël Guégan (CIC U Nantes Atlantique) and Thomas Devaux (St Michel-Mavic-Auber93), who also were in the day's breakaway, were dropped and caught by the peloton before the finish.

Arnaud Démare (Groupama-FDJ) led the bunch sprint to the line in fourth.

Earlier in the stage, prologue winner Ivo Oliveira (UAE Team Emirates) came under attack by challengers Benoît Cosnefroy and Axel Zingle, but he matched his rivals. The five-man move went clear afterward, gaining almost five minutes

Lazkano finished with 41 seconds over the Oliveira group to take the race lead by 42 seconds over the Portuguese rider. Hindsgaul is third at 43 seconds with Zingle and Cosnefroy at 44 and 45 seconds, respectively.


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