3 Days of West Flanders, Stage 2: Torhout to Handzame, 180.5km/112mi

- by Cathy Mehl

Yauheni Hutarovich (FdJ) took the second stage in a mass sprint at 3 Days of West Flanders on Saturday. Hutarovich out-sprinted Friday's winner Aurelian Clerc (Bouygues Telecom) and took over the lead in front of Clerc, who maintains the same time.

A break of four riders went away after 16km of racing and included Team High Road's Michael Barry. The quartet established a maximum gap of seven minutes before Bouygues Telecome went to the front and brought the group back in an effort to protect the race lead of Clerc.

As the sprint ensued Hutarovich managed to come around Clerc and secure the win. The final stage will be contested on Sunday.

Stage 2 results
1 Yauheni Hutarovich (Blr) Franaise des Jeux 4.18.43
2 Aurlien Clerc (Swi) Bouygues Telecom
3 Jean-Patrick Nazon (Fra) AG2r - La Mondiale
4 Bobbie Traksel (Ned) P3Transfer - Batavus
5 Stefan Van Dijk (Ned) Mitsubishi-Jartazi
6 Roger Hammond (GBr) Team High Road
7 Klaas Lodewyck (Bel) Rabobank Continental
8 Jurgen Van Loocke (Bel) Willems Veranda's Continental Team
9 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Team High Road
10 Maxime Vantomme (Bel) Mitsubishi-Jartazi

18 Dmitriy Muravyev (Kaz)
22 Koen De Kort (Ned)
27 Michael Schr (Swi)
36 Grgory Rast (Swi)
48 Serguei Ivanov (Rus)
129 Berik Kupeshov (Kaz)
132 Assan Bazayev (Kaz)

General Classification after stage 2
1 Yauheni Hutarovich (Blr) Franaise des Jeux 8.34.52
2 Aurlien Clerc (Swi) Bouygues Telecom
3 Kenny De Haes (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen 0.07
4 Bobbie Traksel (Ned) P3Transfer - Batavus 0.09
5 Niko Eeckhout (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen 0.11
6 Jean-Patrick Nazon (Fra) AG2r - La Mondiale 0.12
7 Frdric Amorison (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Tnissteiner 0.14
8 Borut Bozic (Slo) Cycle Collstrop
9 Gregory Henderson (NZl) Team High Road
10 Marco Marcato (Ita) Cycle Collstrop

18 Koen De Kort (Ned) 0.16
20 Grgory Rast (Swi)
38 Michael Schr (Swi)
40 Serguei Ivanov (Rus)
44 Dmitriy Muravyev (Kaz)
103 Assan Bazayev (Kaz) 14.36
138 Berik Kupeshov (Kaz) 31.01

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