Christophe Laporte Sprints to Win the Tour De Vendée!
Nacer Bouhanni also beat out Baptiste Planckaert in the overall ranking and was proclaimed the winner of the French Road Cycling Cup, while young rider Jonas Ahlstrand won the last stage of the Tour de l'Eurométropole.
A triple victory for Cofidis, Solutions Crédits! In the Tour de Vendée, the last race of the French Cup, cyclist Christophe Laporte finished first in the sprint held this afternoon in La Roche-sur-Yon, ahead of Yauheni Hutarovich and Thomas Sprengers.
What's more, Nacer Bouhanni was declared the French Cup champion, outperforming Belgian cyclist Baptiste Planckaert in the overall ranking. It was a great day that began with a five-man breakaway led by Jimmy Engoulvent, who says goodbye to professional sports today. Sebastien Minard, Hugh Carthy, Clément Saint-Martin and Eneko Lizarralde accompanied him in the break, until a very expeditious pack caught up with them without much difficulty.
Afterwards, Bryan Nauleau, Romain Feillu, Guillaume Levarlet and Jérémy Leveau came out in front of the pack, pulling away to position themselves as the new lead group. There was a maximum difference of five minutes between the two groups, but as the finish line approached, the followers began to catch back up with the breakaway bunch.
That was when Guillaume Levarlet made a risky move. But the pack caught him on the last climb. This gave way to an open sprint by many cyclists that was eventually won by Christophe Laporte.
In other news, Swedish cyclist Jonas Ahlstrand won the fourth and last stage of the Tour de l'Eurométropole. The 153.8-kilometer race took place between the Belgian towns of Mons and Tournai. Six riders tried their best with a breakaway that was aborted a few short meters from the finish line. The victory was decided by a spectacular sprint led by the talented young cyclist of Team Cofidis.
Congratulations to everyone! #RideFightWin