Anthony Delaplace winner of Paris-Camembert

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Anthony Delaplace  winner of Paris-Camembert
Published on 2022-04-13 15:29:23

The 33-year-old Norman added the last race in his territory which was missing from his list: Paris-Camembert. In a group of five riders, he surprised everyone just over a kilometer from the finish to raise his arms alone in Livarot.

Anthony Delaplace
“I tend to be too generous in the effort. In the last 20 kilometres, Arnaud Gérard told me "play the mariole, don't overdo it". For once I listened to him and this good effort management is what may have helped me to win today. When Valentin Ferron came out, he dug the hole immediately then we took turns, I managed my effort. We came back to him and everyone wanted to take a breather. This is where I landed the right attack. Usually that never happens to me, there, they looked behind each other.
Everything is working out for our Arkéa Samsic team this year. My role all year round is to be a team member and today I had my chance at Paris-Camembert. I really wanted to do well in this race. It was my 13th participation in Paris-Camembert. I haven't missed an edit since I became a pro. It's really a pleasure to win at home. I finished second in 2016. It was the Normandy race that I had to win. Now I have a little problem: I once said in a joking tone, if I win Paris-Camembert, I end my career. But honestly I don't want to stop! (laughs)”.

Arkea Samsic
Anthony Delaplace

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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