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Etoile de Bessèges: Axel Laurance outlasts Mads Pedersen as race restarts for stage 2

Sarah Gigante (Movistar) on her way to stage and overall victory on stage 3 of the Bright Brewery Tour of Bright

Axel Laurance (Alpecin-Deceuninck) took the win on the second stage of the Etoile des Bessèges. The U23 world champion outlasted Mads Pedersen (Lidl-Trek) on the uphill finish in Rousson to take his second pro victory.

The 22-year-old Frenchman takes the first leader’s jersey of the race following the cancellation of Wednesday’s opening stage due to disruption caused by the protests of local farmers. Kévin Vauquelin (Arkéa-B&B Hotels) rounded out the podium ahead of Kevin Geniets (Groupama-FDJ) a second further back.

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