Updated on 2020-07-31 12:45:49
On Thursday July 30, 2020, Pierre Barbier brought a 6th victory for Team NIPPO DELKO One Provence.
The Tour of Bulgaria (UCI Europe Tour 2.2) started on Tuesday July 28 in the capital, Sofia.
This third stage joined Plovdiv to Sliven in 152km.
The difficulty of this step lay mainly in the heat: up to 43 ° C!
Despite a crash by Lucas De Rossi and Atsushi Oka, the team managed to position themselves well in the last 15 kilometers.
3 kilometers from the finish, Ramunas Navardauskas takes the race in hand with Julien El Fares and Pierre Barbier in his wheel.
He let go of his teammates in the lead 700 meters from the finish and Julien El Fares brought Pierre Barbier to the last corner, 250 meters from the finish.
The latter launched his sprint from which he emerged victorious in front of Patryk Stosz (Voster ATS Team) and Tobiasz Pawlak (Mazowsze Serce Polski).
Pierre Barbier, our 22-year-old sprinter, who joined the Team this year, won his first professional victory.
After this victory, Lucas De Rossi retains his 5th place in the general classification.
Friday July 31, last step, business to follow ...
Pierre Barbier, our winner
“I would like to thank the team who were great throughout the stage.
The profile of the stage was not particularly complicated but it was very hard because of the heat, luckily the staff supplied us well. When I finished I didn't want to have any regrets so I started my sprint and it paid off. I am really very happy with this victory. "