Tour de l'Ain: Meersman Preserves GC Leadership with Podium Placing
Gianni Meersman, with a 3rd place finish in the bunch sprint finale of 143.4km Stage 1 of Tour de l'Ain on Wednesday, preserved the GC leadership that he gained by winning the prologue on Tuesday.
Raymond Kreder (Garmin-Sharp) won the stage that came back together for the group arrival with about 10km to go in the race. Marc Sarreau (FDJ.fr) was 2nd.
OPQS kept control of the front of the peloton throughout the race after finishing 1st-through-4th in the prologue the day before. They remain in the top 4 places of the overal classification.
OPQS looks next to 158.1km Stage 2 on Thursday.