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Nacer Bouhanni wins stage 2, takes lead in Beijing

BEIJING (AFP) —Nacer Bouhanni (FDJ) held off a challenge from Roberto Ferrari (Lampre-Merida) to win the second stage of the Tour of Beijing and take the overall lead on Saturday.

Bouhanni broke free with 500 meters remaining to cross the line a bike’s length ahead of Ferrari, with the peloton just behind. It was the longest stage of the race at 201.5km, stretching from northwest to northeast Beijing.

Bouhanni will wear the leader’s red jersey for stage 3, a 176km leg across Beijing’s mountainous Great Wall district to the north of the urban area.

Thor Hushovd (BMC Racing), winner of stage 1, had worn the leader’s jersey going into stage 2.

Ferrari now sits sixth overall.

Defending champion Tony Martin (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) hopes to win the race for a third consecutive time this year. He’s currently 41st overall.