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Tour de Bretagne: Pellaud’s revenge

Not selected for the Tour de Romandie with his Tudor racing team, Simon Pellaud took sweet revenge at the Tour de Bretagne. By taking the overall victory, the 30-year-old Swiss climber earned himself the second stage race win of his career.

He is also the first Swiss rider to win this event, beating Frenchman Nolann Mahoudo and American Luke Lamperti. “I’m really proud to win here,” Pellaud admitted. “The Tour de Bretagne is the largest class 2 on the European calendar. In 2019 I was called the terror of class 2, because I won several. I don’t really have the engine to play for WorldTour wins, so I typically just help the team. To come back to Class 2 and win here is great.” 

The results: 1. Pellaud (Tudor Pro Cycling Team) ; 2. Mahoudo (CIC U Nantes Atlantique) ; 3. Lamperti (Trinity Racing)…

Stages won by: Lamperti (Trinity Racing) ; Barbier (St Michel-Mavic-Auber93) ; Kristensen (Leopard TOGT Pro Cycling) ; Mahoudo (CIC U Nantes Atlantique) ; Mareczko (Alpecin-Deceuninck) ; Van Sintmaartensdijk (CVircus-ReUz-Technord).


Tour de Romandie: Adam Yates takes the opportunity

Briton Adam Yates won the 76th Tour de Romandie, a victory forged during the penultimate stage at high altitude. At 30, the UAE rouleur-climber pinned the French-speaking event to his list of wins, after the Volta Ciclista a Catalunya 2021 and the UAE Tour. He has also earned himself top-10 finishes in the three grand tours. He took the yellow jersey on Saturday by winning the queen stage between Sion and Thyon 2000. “We controlled the race perfectly today. Thanks to the guys,” Yates said. He will now take a break before preparing for the Tour de France, where he will be one of the mountain lieutenants for Tadej Pogacar, whom he considers “the best rider in the world.”

The results: 1. A. Yates (UAE Team Emirates) ; 2. Jorgenson (Movistar Team) ; 3. Caruso (Bahrain-Victorious)…

Stages won by: Cerny (Soudal-Quick Step) ; Vernon (Soudal-Quick Step) ; E. Hayter (INEOS Grenadiers) ; Ayuso (UAE Team Emirates) ; A. Yates (UAE Team Emirates) ; Gaviria (Movistar Team).


Vuelta Asturias Julio Alvarez Mendo: Fortunato takes a brilliant win

At the top of the general classification after winning the queen stage on the penultimate day, Lorenzo Fortunato (EOLO-Kometa Cycling Team) won the overall at the Vuelta Asturias. The Italian climber as a result put his name on the list of winners of the Spanish event, a year after taking second place behind Ivan Sosa. “I am very happy to have been able to take the victory in the general classification. The team worked very well, so there were no setbacks, and then I defended the jersey when the favorites attacked on the last climb. I am very happy. Now I’m looking forward to the Giro d’Italia, where I’m sure we’ll do very well,” Fortunato said at the finish.

The results: 1. Fortunato (EOLO – Kometa) ; 2. Rubio (Movistar Team) ; 3. Sosa (Movistar Team)…

Stages won by: Howson (Q36.5 Pro Cycling Team) ; Fortunato (EOLO – Kometa) ; Sanchez (Burgos-BH)


Eschborn – Frankfurt: Andersen back to winning ways

Soren Kragh Andersen (Alpecin-Deceuninck) won the 60th edition of the German classic, Eschborn-Frankfurt. Escaping on the ascent of Mammolshain with ten other riders under the impetus of Marc Hirschi (UAE Team Emirates), Kragh Andersen won in the sprint ahead of his breakaway companions Patrick Konrad (Bora-Hansgrohe) in 2nd place, and Alessandro Fedeli (Q36.5 Pro Cycling Team), who completed the podium. Behind, Arnaud De Lie (Lotto Dstny) took the sprint out of the peloton, finishing in 11th place. At 28, Kragh Andersen posted his ninth professional victory, the first since October 2020. “I suffered seriously on the second time over the Feldberg, but I did not give up and in the end the race went perfectly,” Kragh Andersen explained. “This win means a lot to me. It’s been a long time since I won. So it’s a beautiful day.”

The results: 1. Kragh Andersen (Alpecin-Deceuninck) ; 2. Konrad (Bora-Hansgrohe) ; 3. Fedeli (Q36.5 Pro Cycling Team)…


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