Jonathan Tiernan-Locke (Endura Racing) has won the second stage of the Tour Alsace, outsprinting Moldovan national champion and former Katusha rider Alexandr Pliuschin (Leopard-Trek). 

The pair broke free from awith around 10km to go on the day’s 153.8km hilly stage and Tiernan-Locke narrowly pipped Pliuschin on the uphill drag to the line.

He now leads the general classification ahead of Pliuschin as well as both the mountains classification and combativity prize.

Team-mate Erick Rowsell finished in the third chasing bunch after making the initial break while Scott Thwaites, second overall after stage one, moved down the GC. 

The win is Tiernan-Locke’s first since February 19, where he bombarded the opposition at the Tour du Haut Var.

Despite finishing second overall at March’s Tour of Murcia, an illness during the spring and a broken collarbone sustained at the Lincoln GP on May 13 put the brakes on what was shaping up to be a promising season for the man from Plymouth. 

The Tour Alsace, a UCI 2.2 race, concludes on Sunday with a 157km stage to the Ballon d’Alsace, the first ever official mountain climb of the Tour de France in 1905.

Last year’s edition of the race was won by local lad and recent Tour de France tenth place finisher, Thibaut Pinot (FDJ-BigMat). 

Results

Tour Alsace 2012, stage two: Strasbourg – Bischoffsheim

1. Jonathan Tiernan-Locke (Endura Racing) 3h 51-35

2. Alexandr Pliuschin (Leopard-Trek) s.t.

3. Warren Barguil (CC Etupes) at 58 secs

4. Dimitri Le Boulch (Auber 93) s.t.

Related links



Tiernan-Locke out with fractured collarbone



Tiernan-Locke reflects on Murcia result



Tiernan-Locke talks about Tour of the Med win



Tiernan-Locke takes final stage en route to Tour of the Med victory



Tiernan-Locke takes Tour of the Med opener



Jonathan Tiernan-Locke: Rider Profile

External links



Tour Alsace Official Website (in French)

 

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  • Mark Jones

    Good to see Tiernan-Locke coming back to winning ways in time for the Tour of Britain. Hopefully he can win the final stage today and continue to build for September.

  • Philip Livingstone

    Tiernan-Locke to replace Froome at Sky!!!!

  • scandalxk

    Tiernan-Locke for the Olympic team!