Ben O’Connor (Decathlon AG2R L. a. Mondiale) took his crew’s first win of the 2024 season with a solo trip to the road on the Vuelta a Murcia.
He took benefit of the French squad’s energy in numbers on the head of the 199km race, proving the most powerful from the lead workforce and shedding Tim Wellens (UAE Workforce Emirates) at the ultimate climb of the day.
Out entrance, it used to be the Australian who driven his merit at the descent and final flat run to the road in Murcia. Additional again, Jan Tratnik (Visma-Rent A Motorcycle) labored his manner throughout to Wellens, becoming a member of the Belgian 3km out prior to beating him within the race for 2d on the end.
“I am more than happy, there is no higher technique to get started the season than with a win,” O’Connor stated after the race. “It is great to look that the wintry weather paintings is paid off. I at all times sought after to be competitive lately at the climb in the midst of the race. I sought after to take a chance.
“It used to be tremendous windy as smartly afterwards so it made for a in reality onerous day and I used to be in fact in reality happy that we had Paul Lapeira and Nico Prodhomme with me within the breakaway up entrance of the race. I believe we in fact did a tight task to steer clear of the peloton.
“I took a second with Tim Wellens to leap away as a result of we began to lose some cooperation. So yeah, I assume after all the tale presentations I were given away at the ultimate climb and at the race and could not be happier. Now I simply need to hope to proceed this sort of shape and race to my middle, race to my head as smartly and do my easiest.”
O’Connor, Tratnik and Wellens have been amongst an elite workforce which broke clear of the peloton at the primary mid-race climb of the Alto Collado Bermejo. Sepp Kuss (Visma-Rent A Motorcycle), Dani Martínez (Bora-Hansgrohe), Nicolas Prodhomme (Decathlon AG2R L. a. Mondiale) and Jefferson Cepeda (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA) additionally made the transfer.
At the manner down the opposite aspect, the assault stuck the breakaway survivors of Tosh Van der Sande (Visma-Rent a Motorcycle), Arne Marit (Intermarché-Wanty), Thomas Gachignard (TotalEnergies), Paul Lapeira (Decathlon AG2R L. a. Mondiale) and Mathias Norsgaard (Movistar), with the enlarged workforce taking part in a two-minute lead over the peloton heading into the overall 80km.
Groups together with Ineos Grenadiers and Groupama-FDJ led the chase in the back of however the leaders would succeed. Wellens and O’Connor made a transfer to move transparent simply over 40km from the end as others fell again in opposition to the peloton.
They driven their merit at the highway to the overall issue of the day, the Alto Cresta del Gallo some 12km out. It used to be there that O’Connor made his profitable transfer, accelerating to depart Wellens in the back of as he struck out for the end by myself.
Additional again, assaults got here from Michał Kwiatkowski (Ineos Grenadiers) and Jan Tratnik, with the Slovenian proving the most powerful guy within the chase to paintings his manner throughout to Wellens overdue on and protected 2d within the ultimate, 42 seconds after O’Connor had raced to victory.
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