Alan Riou winner on the Classic 44

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Alan Riou winner on the Classic 44
Published on 2021-10-05 10:43:39

Alan Riou won his first professional victory, winning the Classic 44 !

Alan riou
"It's a deliverance! I know I've been in good shape for two months and I knew I was close to winning, it feels really good to come through.

This is my first professional victory. I was disappointed after my second place in the Tour de Bretagne, but today the plan has worked and I am very happy.

In the sprint, I knew the last mile brought speed.

I know I'm quick in the sprint and in a small group I often have my chances.

When Godon started his effort on the right, I gave everything I could on my own and it worked. I'm glad the team trusted me.

We have great leaders at Arkéa-Samsic, when you have to work for them I do it 100% and today it was my turn.

It proves that I can also be successful when given my chance. It's great to make it happen. I missed getting so many notifications on my cell phone after the race (laughs). "

Yvon Ledanois
“It's great, Alan's victory is really nice. It was a race marked by complicated weather conditions.

Anthony Delaplace played a key role tactically as there were two of them up front with Alan in a very small squad.

With the speed that Alan has, you had to believe in his chances. He played perfectly.

I'm happy that Alan wins because most of the time he's a teammate and today he played his card and won: that's great.

Despite the conditions ... proof that when times are tough, only the tough guys get away with it. "

Arkea Samsic
Alan Riou

Guillaume Martin wins the Tour de l'Ain

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At the start of this 2nd stage of the 34th edition of the Tour de l'Ain, 142.5 km were on the program. 4 difficulties were listed including 2 passage up the Col de Portes and a finish after a final descent to Lagnieu. The Cofidis team had already worked the day before during the sprint to protect Guillaume Martin, allowing him to arrive in the peloton and thus not lose time on the favorites. A revenge on bad luck It was a small breakaway that formed early in the stage. It was quickly controlled so that the favorites could play for victory and the overall classification. At the briefing, the plan was precise : Start riding and displaying their ambitions on the 3rd climb of the day, the Côte de Seillonnaz to put Guillaume Martin in orbit. Around him, Ruben Fernandez, François Bidard and then Rémy Rochas (victim of a fall without gravity during the 1st stage) did not count their efforts to support their leader. In the last kilometer, Guillaume Martin produced his effort in turn. His acceleration is decisive: the Norman can raise his arms, finally, as an illustration of the collective strength of the team. Everyone knows that the taste of victory is rare in cycling, making victory even more beautiful. Guillaume Martin had not won since the Mercan'Tour Classic last year, and now has 8 professional successes to his credit. This moment of joy is also a revenge on bad luck, a few weeks after his hasty departure from the Tour de France due to a positive test for Covid-19. Now, the team will work hard, again, to defend its leader's jersey and give Cofidis another stage race victory this season. They said Guillaume Martin: "I'm obviously very happy to have been able to...

A stage on the GIRO for Thomas De Gendt

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Thomas De Gendt adds another memorable victory to his list. In the eighth stage of the Giro, with departure and arrival in Naples, De Gendt, with his teammates Harm Vanhoucke and Sylvain Moniquet, was part of a breakaway of more than twenty riders. On a difficult circuit around Monte Procida, the early breakaway gradually thinned out and after some tactical play five riders broke away, including teammates De Gendt and Vanhoucke. The five riders never got much ahead of the first pursuers and in the last kilometers, the Van der Poel - Girmay duo almost came back. It was finally Vanhoucke who started the sprint for De Gendt to finish the job. This is his second stage victory in the Giro, ten years after his first on the legendary ascent of the Stelvio. "Today I really had a great day and with three teammates in the breakaway we were able to play a bit," said De Gendt afterwards. "We played perfectly. Due to illness and bad luck, I haven't been able to achieve the performances I wanted in recent years and that's why this win feels maybe even more special than the one on the Stelvio." "I even doubted that I would come to the start of this Giro in good shape. But this victory proves that I am back. This stage reminded me of Barcelona's stage during the Volta a Catalunya. The succession of climbs where it's hard to recover suits me well, so I rode at a tight pace the whole time to really give no one a break." "I know I'm fast after a stage like this, I still felt strong and I bet on the sprint. Harm played the team game perfectly in the last kilometers with Van der Poel and Girmay who were really getting closer. Three hundred meters from the finish, I gave it my all and that...


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