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Mads Petersen (Lidl-Trek) scored a moment victory in two days at Excursion de l. a. Provence and retained the race lead. He stormed throughout the puddles of a rainy end in Martigues to win the bunch dash forward of Axel Zingle (Cofidis).
Samuel Watson (Groupama-FDJ) completed 3rd.
The Lidl-Trek squad remained affected person throughout at the rain-soaked level 1, which noticed a breakaway of six riders keep away for 142km of the 157.2km direction.
On account of the inclement climate prerequisites around the area, the GC occasions had been taken 5 kilometres earlier than the end line in Martigues and there have been no time bonuses awarded.
With the catch of the remnants of the unique breakaway with 5km to move, there have been no adjustments within the normal classification, Pederson preserving a six-second margin over his teammate Jakob Söderqvist and any other 5 seconds forward of Watson.
“After all we needed to stay the jersey for the GC, so the tactic used to be for the group to drag in an instant and let the small breakaway pass. Then do a excellent dash in any case and I feel we controlled to neatly and had a in reality excellent ultimate,” the previous Global Champion and level winner stated.
When did he know would take back-to-back wins? “It’s only while you move the end line. You’re dreaming about successful each time you might be on the place to begin. These days used to be a in reality stressful ultimate, so within the final metres I knew it. The rain, I feel it performed in our favour.”
The way it spread out
The spring-like sunshine for the prologue used to be changed on Friday with stable rain and wintry weather chilly. A French battalion of 5 riders Alexis Gougeard (Cofidis), Alexis Guerin (Philippe Wagner-Bazin), Thomas Bonnet (TotalEnergies), Kévin Avoine (Van Rysel-Roubaix), Jonathan Couanon (Great Métropole Côte d’Azur) plus Canadian Robin Plamondon (CIC U Nantes Atlantique) complex into the banks of low clouds and rainy roads at the opening unclassified climb to shape a forged workforce of six for the majority of the day.
The dreary climate prerequisites allowed the spoil to stick away throughout each the Col de Bonnieux and Col de Vernègues with out accelerations from the peloton, Lidl-Trek doing many of the paintings for race chief Pedersen to stay the entrance workforce on a brief leash of 2 mins.
The distance for the breakaway started to clean away when the bumpy terrain of the overall 35km started, the distance dipping beneath a minute for the primary time for the reason that opening 10km.
Riders took warning at the rippling descents because of the slippery prerequisites, Bonnet going extensive on a left-hand nook to brake on a dust segment and having to paintings to catch again to his partners. Around the subsequent 10km, most effective Bonnet, Gougeard and Avoine remained on the entrance with aspirations to achieve the adjusted marker for the clock to prevent on level 1, the peloton soaring 55 seconds again.
Into the overall 10km, Gourgeard, 28 seconds off the GC lead, used to be the nearest to overtaking Pedersen for the chief’s jersey. However Decathlon AG2R L. a. Mondiale and Lidl-Trek maintained a gradual tempo on the entrance of the chase and had little interest in seeing a transformation within the GC. The trio’s margin used to be wiped away with 5km to move.
The final flat kilometres allowed the dash trains of Groupama-FDJ, Decathlon AG2R L. a. Mondiale and Lidl-Trek to gather for the finale.
Pedersen adopted an acceleration by way of teammate Alex Krisch throughout the ultimate nook with 200 metres to the road to move the road with two motorcycle lengths again to Zingle.
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