Tour of Austria #2: Meintjes finishes with reduced front group

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Giovanni Visconti (Bahrain-Meirda) took the uphill sprint victory on stage 2 of the Tour of Austria today. In 2nd place it was Michel Kreder (Aqua Blue Sport), he came in just ahead of Huub Duijn (Verandas Willems-Crelan).

It was a 180km stage that lay ahead of the riders, as they left Feldkirch for Telfes. Today there was a fair bit more climbing on the cards, but the cat 1 climb to Arlberg peaked with still over 130km to go, so did not affect the stage result all that much.

An early break of 6-riders was controlled by Bahrain-Merida and as a cat 2 climb was reached, with 30km to go, the break was reduced to just 2 riders, with attacks starting from the peloton. Our African Team was active, following the moves as the main group started to whittle down.

The break was eventually caught as the final uphill rise to the line started and the main group was made up by just 47 riders. Our African Team had ensured Louis Meintjes was part of that front group, even when a mechanical issue hampered our South African with 10km to go. Jacques Janse van Rensburg was able to give up his bike for Meintjes before the team brought him back to the front group just in time, before the finale.

Visconti had the best kick, which gave him the stage and the overall race lead. Meintjes finished with the group, in 27th place.