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The Dane powered during the 5km coastal path in an enormous equipment, spinning a 60-tooth chainring, with a blistering profitable time of five:19 at a mean velocity of 56.3km/h.
Pedersen takes the primary chief’s jersey forward of his Swedish teammate however the hilly 3rd level and unhealthy climate would possibly save you him from repeating his general good fortune from Etoile de Bessèges.
“Excellent begin to Provence. I feel we have been lovely pleased with me in first and Jakob [Söderqvist] 2nd, so glad days,” mentioned Pedersen after the level.
“The following day is some other level, it looks as if it will be rain and lovely tricky with a large number of mountain climbing up and down. In fact, we attempt to purpose for some other win and we now have a robust group right here, that’s why we’re right here.
Watson used to be main the early levels of the out and again time trial alongside the Marseille coast till Pedersen powered around the line and set the benchmark too prime for the remainder starters.
Simplest former French nationwide time trial champion Bruno Armirail used to be prone to problem the profitable time of Pedersen, getting into the general few hundred metres within the inexperienced, however he would drop to fourth on the line in a time of five:30, ten seconds slower than the previous highway race global champion.
Different sprinters provide installed forged performances at the 5km path together with Sam Bennett all the way through his first race for brand new group Decathlon AG2R L. a. Mondiale. The Irishman rode a 5:31 hanging him 12 seconds down on Pedersen.
Friday’s 2nd level must provide an opportunity for Pedersen to check his legs at the 157.2km path from Aix-en-Provence to Martigues, at the French coast north of Marseille, with two labeled climbs and an undulating parcours previous the end.
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