(CNN) -- Italian Angelo Furlan snatched the second stage of the Dauphine Libere cycling race on Monday when Australian Cadel Evans of the Silence team retained the overall lead.
Italian Furlan celebrates after his secondf stage victory in the Dauphine Libere.
Swiss rider Markus Zberg was second and Belgian Tom Boonen third in a blanket finish at the climax of a 228-kilometer section from Nancy to Dijon.
Briton David Millar attempted a late breakaway when the 31-year-old Slipstream wider surged clear a minute from the line.
But Millar was eventually placed ninth as rivals overhauled him at the post -- with Furlan never doubting he would be caught.
"It was a dangerous sprint and we took a lot of risks," said. "He (Boonen) was the favorite. We had a different perception, we knew he (Millar) would be taken."
Furlan added: "Perhaps this means I have earned my place on the Tour, it's a great moment."
Evans kept the overall lead which he seized in Sunday's time-trial at Nancy and also retaineded his eight second advantage over 2007 Tour de France Winner, Spain's Alberto Contador of Astana.
"The important thing was to avoid a fall," the 32-year-old added after Monday's rain-affected stage. "For me the Dauphine is a rehearsal for the Tour."
The Tour de France starts on July 4 in Monaco.