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Joyce fourth in France 🇫🇷

American moves into seventh overall following stage 2 of Tour Poitou-Charentes

Rally UHC Cycling’s Colin Joyce sprinted to fourth place on stage 2 of Tour Poitou-Charentes in western France. A gap in the peloton caused by a late crash nearly derailed the team’s result, but a quick decision by leadout men John Murphy and Ryan Anderson to close the gap for the team salvaged the stage. Joyce now sits in seventh overall with three stages remaining.

“We got caught behind a crash with three kilometers to go so our main focus was to get back on and make sure we didn’t lose any time,” said Joyce. “John and Ryan did a great job slaying themselves to bring us back.”

Joyce surfed the wheels and launched his sprint inside of 200 meters to go on the slight uphill drag to the line.

“It was a big effort to catch at one kilometer to go and to immediately push my way to the front,” said Joyce. “I’m proud of the result because of what it took to get there but just didn’t have enough in my legs to come over the top.”

Joyce moved up six positions in the fight for the yellow jersey, 20 seconds down on race leader Christophe Laporte. Thursday features a double-stage, a 110 km road race in the morning followed by a 23 km individual time trial in the evening.

“I’ll keep giving it my all,” said Joyce. “As much as I want to give the general classification a go, I first need to stay focused on the morning road stage.”

Brandon McNulty, a former Junior ITT World Champion, is tied with Joyce in the overall and is expected to challenge for the GC podium.

(Lead photo credit ©RégisGarnier)

Stage 2 results
1 LAPORTE Christophe Cofidis, Solutions Crédits 14 20 3:47:34
2 CIMOLAI Davide Israel Cycling Academy
3 PASQUALON Andrea Wanty – Gobert Cycling Team
4 JOYCE Colin Rally UHC Cycling 
5 MALUCELLI Matteo Caja Rural – Seguros RGA
6 WELTEN Bram Team Arkéa Samsic
7 LIEPIŅŠ Emīls Wallonie-Bruxelles
8 ALBANESE Vincenzo Bardiani – CSF
9 MAURELET Flavien St Michel – Auber93
10 CALDEIRA Samuel José W52 / FC Porto

GC standings after stage 2
1 LAPORTE Christophe Cofidis, Solutions Crédits 3 8:14:40
2 MOLLY Kenny Wallonie-Bruxelles 0:11
3 MALUCELLI Matteo Caja Rural – Seguros RGA 0:14
4 CIMOLAI Davide Israel Cycling Academy
5 PASQUALON Andrea Wanty – Gobert Cycling Team 0:16
6 WELTEN Bram Team Arkéa Samsic 0:20
7 JOYCE Colin Rally UHC Cycling 
8 ALBANESE Vincenzo Bardiani – CSF
9 CALDEIRA Samuel José W52 / FC Porto
10 DUVAL Julien AG2R La Mondiale