Laporte, new European champion on the road after a thrilling finish in another Jumbo-Visma team exhibition


Amazing and painful victory for the French Christopher Laporte (30 years) in European Road Cycling Championships which was played this Sunday at Netherlandsin the beautiful and complete circuit that began with Assen and graduated to Col du Vama short and explosive climb, with a stretch of cobblestone.

The eighth edition of European Road Cycling Championship It was held over a distance of 199.8 kilometers and, as is usually the case in this type of race, tension was the common denominator of the race. There are some teams that want to carry the weight of the European Championship, especially the national teams of Belgium, Italy, Denmark and the Netherlands, because of the quality of its runners.

But if anyone moves like a fish in water and does not need the support of his peers to make a living, it is the French. Laporte. The runner of La Seyne-sur-Mer He was the first to really break the race with 26 kilometers to go, making the first quality selection of the European Championship. As a result of this attack, a group of ten highest-level units was formed, which knew how to keep the distance from the second group, and which benefited slightly from the fall in which the Italian was falling. Filippo Ganna.

The pace is frenetic and the tension is cut with a knife, once again Laporte I tried. He made it 12 kilometers from the finish line. Nothing came out to dry him at first and Laporte knew how to make a good difference that stayed around 11-15 seconds and where he reached the first slopes of the Col du Vam.

ending a heart attack

This is the moment where Belgium went on the attack thanks to Arnaud de Lieto do a great job for Wout Van Aert. Laporte He completed the climb with a margin of several meters before launching into the descent and facing the final slope.

For a while it looked like they would get through it. Van Aert He almost overtook them, but Laporte took strength from where no one had won and gave French cycling its first European title on the road. Silver for the Belgian Wout Van Aert and bronze for the Dutch Olav Kooij, they are all team members Jumbo-Visma.


1.Christophe Laporte (France) 4h15’50”
2. Wout Van Aert (Belgium (id.
3. Olav Kooij (Netherlands) id.
4. Arnaud de Lie (Belgium) id.
5.Mike Teunissen (Netherlands) at 8″
6. Rasmus Tiller (Norway) id.
7.Mads Pedersen (Denmark) at 13″
8.John Degenkolb (Germany) at 14″
9.Andreas Kron (Denmark) at 39″
10.Florian Sénéchal (France) at 40″
11. Iván García Cortina (Spain) id.

“This victory is hard to believe. I tried alone to avoid the sprint and it worked. I didn’t think about it and I took a chance. It’s crazy. I want to dedicate this victory to the French team, to my family . I’m so happy”.

Source: La Verdad


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