Jurgen Van Goolen (Willems-Accent) won the second major mountain stage at the four-day Route du Sud across the Pyrenees on Saturday while Vasily Kiryienka (Movistar) takes over the leader’s jersey.
Van Goolen won ahead of Peter Kennaugh (Sky) and Sébastian Joly (Saur-Sojasun) to claim the flowers in the third stage from Pierrefitte-Nestalas to Bagneres-de-Luchon.
A pro since 2002, the victory was the first for Van Goolen in his 10-year pro career. The veteran Belgian has raced for some of Europe’s biggest teams, including Quick Step, CSC, Discovery Channel and Omega Pharma, and finally broke into the winner’s circle this weekend.
Kiryienka, second to overnight leader Anthony Charteau (Europcar) in Friday’s climbing stage over the Tourmalet, slotted into the leader’s jersey.
Last year’s KoM at the Tour de France, Charteau lost 2:45 on the stage and tumbled from first to 10th at 1:01 back. Kiryienka, who won a stage at the Giro d’Italia last month, now leads Davide Rebellin by 43 seconds, with Kennough climbing into third at 45 seconds off the pace.
The race concludes Sunday in a run from Izaourt to Pau.
- 1. Jurgen Van Goolen (BEL), Veranda’s Willems-Accent , 54:04
- 2. Peter Kennaugh (GBR), Team Sky, at 1:36
- 3. Davide Rebellin (ITA), Miche-Silver Cross-Selle Italia, at 1:36
- 4. Sébastien Joly (FRA), Saur-Sojasun, at 1:36
- 5. Arnold Jeannesson (FRA), Française Des Jeux, at 1:36
- 1. Vasili Kiryienka (Belarus), Movistar , 15:52:30
- 2. Davide Rebellin (Italy), Miche-Silver Cross-Selle Italia, at 43
- 3. Peter Kennaugh (Great Britain), Team Sky, at 45
- 4. Sébastien Joly (France), Saur-Sojasun, at 51
- 5. Thomas Degand (Belgium), Veranda’s Willems-Accent, at 51