• Criterium du Dauphine, Stage Two

Moreno wins tough 2nd stage; Wiggins still race leader

ESPN staff
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Daniel Moreno won an uphill sprint for the line in the second stage of the Criterium du Dauphine, with Britain's Bradley Wiggins retaining his grip on the yellow jersey.

Moreno, who won a stage of the Tour of Spain last year, left it late before powering clear of the breakaway group on the ascent to Saint-Felicien to edge out French pair Julien Simon and Tony Gallopin.

Team Sky's Wiggins finished the 160km route through the eastern Ardennes in ninth place, recording the same time as Tour de France winner Cadel Evans, who came home in seventh. Consequently, Wiggins, who won the Paris-Nice race in March, maintains his slender one-second lead in the General Classification.

Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Lotto Belisol Team), Rinaldo Nocentini (AG2R La Mondiale), Gallopin and Simon all gave chase but the Katusha rider never looked like relinquishing his position.

Stage Two result
1 Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Katusha Team - 4:02:38
2 Julien Simon (Fra) Saur - Sojasun
3 Tony Gallopin (Fra) RadioShack-Nissan
4 Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale
5 Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team
6 Luis Leon Sanchez Gil (Spa) Rabobank Cycling Team
7 Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team
8 Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Astana Pro Team
9 Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky Procycling
10 Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Team Europcar

General Classification
1 Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky Procycling - 8:45:42
2 Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team - 0:00:01
3 Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Astana Pro Team - 0:00:02
4 Carlos Barredo (Spa) Rabobank Cycling Team
5 Tony Martin (Ger) Omega Pharma-Quickstep - 0:00:04
6 Paul Martens (Ger) Rabobank Cycling Team
7 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Omega Pharma-Quickstep - 0:00:05
8 Jérôme Coppel (Fra) Saur - Sojasun - 0:00:06
9 Andrey Amador (CRc) Movistar Team
10 Richie Porte (Aus) Sky Procycling - 0:00:07

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