Hometown rider Samuel Dumoulin won the 187km second stage of the Dauphine Libere race on Tuesday.
Dumoulin tasted victory in his home town
Dumoulin, of the Ag2R Prevoyance team, also took the overall leader's jersey from American George Hincapie.
He outsprinted compatriots Anthony Charteau and Frederic Finot and fell into the arms of his parents on the finish line.
Another Frenchman, Frederic Bessy, was fourth in the same time of four hours, 47 minutes and 16 seconds.
The four made their move after 25km and held a maximum lead of 20 minutes halfway through the stage in the Beaujolais hills.
The leading favourites for overall victory took it relatively easy and saved their strength for Wednesday's 46.5km individual time trial in Roanne.
Six-time Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong finished in the main bunch with team-mate Hincapie, three minutes and 16 seconds behind the winner.
Armstrong, who lies ninth overall, will be closely watched during Wednesday's third stage, his last major time trial before the Tour.
Stage two result:
1 Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) 4hr 47min 06
2 Anthony Charteau (Fra) same time
3 Frederic Finot (Fra) st
4 Frederic Bessy (Fra) st
5 Robert Hunter (SA) +3min 16sec
6 Thor Hushovd (Nor) st
7 Stuart O'Grady (Aus) st
8 Juan Antonio Flecha (Spa) st
9 Enrico Franzoi (Ita) st
10 Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) st
1 Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) 10hrs 08mins 06secs
2 Frederic Finot (Fra) +20 seconds
3 Anthony Charteau (Fra) +21
4 Frederic Bessy (Fra) +28
5 George Hincapie (USA) +3:06
6 Levi Leipheimer (USA) +3.07
7 Andrey Kashechkin (Kaz) +3.09
8 Floyd Landis (USA) +3:11
9 Lance Armstrong (USA) +3:12
10 Oscar Pereiro (Spa) +3:13