Race report

Leon Heinschke 15th on Stage 2 bunch sprint in France

Circuit des Ardennes

Development Team DSM got through a chaotic final on stage 2 unscathed after a large crash in the closing kilometres caused havoc in the bunch at the Circuit des Ardennes. All six riders managed to stay upright though with yesterday’s second place finisher Leon Heinschke the highest finisher in 15th.

The stage was led for the most part by a breakaway of five riders who spent much of the 186.9 kilometre stage with a sustained chase seeing the final escapee being caught with less than 15 kilometres to race. During the chase behind there were points the team had to be on their toes with splits in the peloton at times but riding together and being attentive saw the guys safely in contention coming into the finale.

A large crash inside the last four kilometres saw many riders hit come unstuck before the finish but fortunately none of the Development Team DSM riders were involved, albeit hampered in their efforts before the sprint finish. Coming through the chaos to sprint at the end, Heinschke crossed the line in the top 15, maintaining his second place overall. The team can now focus on tomorrow’s test, the 172.4 kilometre queen stage between Chooz and Hargnies.

Team DSM coach Bennie Lambregts said after the stage: “Today it was a really controlled race with a break of five riders. The last one of these was brought back around 10 kilometres before the finish and the guys got their positioning right and stayed in the front until five kilometres before the finish. With three and a half kilometres to go there was a big crash but luckily no one was in it, although it made for a really hectic final part of the race. Leon managed to make a top 15 but the main goal was to survive today in good shape ahead of tomorrow’s queen stage and thinking about the GC here at the race.”


Pos. Rider Team Time Points
1 DE LIE Arnaud Lotto - Soudal U23 4:34:58 7
2 CARSTENSEN Lucas Bike Aid ,, 3
3 LAUK Karl Patrick Team Pro Immo Nicolas Roux ,, 1