the canadian Michael Woods (Israel Premier Tech) the final winner of 46th edition of the Occitanie Route after the dispute in the fourth and final stage disputed between Les Angles and Auterive, which was 188.3 km, in which the Italian won the sprint Niccolo Bonifazio (Total Energy).
Woods (Toronto, 35), a resident of Andorra, won his first round of stages and made his Canadians honors debut at the French event, after a day enlivened by fans and a breakaway of 30 runners in which all the favorites entered, whose victory was played on Auterive.
An escape unleashed in the sprint and lifted Bonifazio, who had 20 wins as a professional. The 28-year-old Italian narrowly surpassed his compatriot Matteo Moschetti (Trek Segafredo) and Movistar’s German Max Kanter, who took the green jersey on points.
Former middle-distance athlete Michael Woods climbed to the top of the podium making history, achieving an important victory for himself and his team, in a hurry to stay in the first cycling division. With him in the drawer were Spaniards Carlos Rodríguez (Ineos) and Jesús Herrada (Cofidis), second and third respectively, with Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) fourth. Colombian Nairo Quintana needs to settle for sixth place.
A final stage of the wind and fans made the final escape of the 30 runners who reached the finish line to discuss victory. The favorites made it to the final cut, along with Woods, Valverde, Carlos Rodríguez, Jesús Herrada, Max Kanter, Nairo Quintana, Javier Romo …. all were helpful when the wind destroyed the main group.
In the front sector there were solvent sprinters, but Frenchman Demare was not there, who missed a good chance for the double. Movistar has three men and trusts Kanter, and Ineos, with Carlos Rodríguez as pitcher, to Elia Viviani’s forces.
Niccoló Bonifazio imposed the law the fastest and climbed the stage, not without risk, finding himself closed in the last meters. It was as fun as Woods, who made his debut in a staged round.
Source: La Verdad
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