Voigt's perfect break-away
Jens Voigt again proved the best man in a small break-away, beating Davide Rebellin and Andrey Kashechkin to win Stage 2 of the Tour of Germany on Thursday. The trio split from the peloton on the day's final climb just 15-km from the finish, but Voigt lau
Voigt added his first victory in his home race just a month after claiming his second career Tour de France stage-win in a 205-km break-away.
Vladimir Gusev maintained his overall leader's jersey finishing four seconds off pace in the main chase group.
After reeling in a 107-km solo escape by Gerolstener's Ronny Schulz, the peloton lost a group of eight riders, including Voigt and Kashechkin, who broke away on the Bad Grund climb.
Though this group was brought back on the final climb up the day, there were several attacks on the Bockwiese, first by Phonak's Johann Tschopp and then by Astana's Alexandre Vinokourov.
Rebellin and Kashechkin overtook Vino in the final stages of the climb, with Voigt coming along for the ride.
As the trio built a solid 20-second gap it looked as though victory would certainly come out of the break.
The three men slowed down, jockeying for position as they wound through the streets approaching the finish line at Goslar, but just as the peloton was about to catch them, Voigt took off for victory.
Friday's third stage takes the peloton on a bumpy 203-km trip from Witzenhausen to Schweinfurt.
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