Tour du Limousin – La 4e étape pour Albanese, Alex Aranburu 2e et sacré !

Tour du Limousin - La 4e étape pour Albanese, Alex Aranburu 2e et sacré !

It was opening day this Friday at the Tour of Limousin – Périgord – New Aquitaine ! First of all, and this after a multitude of places of honor, Vincenzo Albanese he collected the first victory of his career on the occasion of the 4th and last stage of the French race. Breaking out of the peloton just over 1 kilometer from the finish in Limoges, the team’s Italian EOLO Kometa narrowly resisted the return of a platoon regulated by alex aran buru (Movistar Team), who knew how to perfectly defend his yellow jersey, giving Spain its first victory in the general classification in 55 editions. Third this Friday, the Italian diego ulissi (UAE Team Emirates) is his runner-up, while the Belgian Greg Van Avermaet (AG2R Citroën Team) completed the final podium.

Video – Victory of Vincenzo Albanese in Limoges, crowned Aranburu

Warren Barguil, Stan Dewulf, Alessandro Covi, Alan Boileau… nice big group up front

After several offensives at the start of the race, 14 runners managed to be on their heels in this 4th and last stage of the Tour of Limousin – Périgord – New Aquitaine : Stan Dewulf (AG2R Citroën Team), Warren Barguil (Team Arkéa-Samsic), stephane rossetto (St Michel-Auber93), Alexander Delettre (Cophidis), julen amezqueta (Rural Fund-Insurance RGA), clement carisey (Go Sport-Roubaix Lille Métropole), alan boileau (B&B-KTM Hotels), Paul Ourselin (Total Energies Team), gonzalo serrano (Team Movistar), Emmanuel Morin (Team U Nantes Atlantic), Alexander Kovi (United Arab Emirates team), Samuel Rive (EOLO-Kometa), Matthew Ladagnous (Grupama-FDJ) and Mathijs Paashchens (Bingoal Pauwels Willows WB).

The pack resisted at first, then let go of the ballast, allowing the breakaways to benefit from an advantage of 1’30” with 90 terminals to go. No rider was too dangerous for the yellow jersey. alex aran buruBarguil, Dewulf, Paaschen, sea ​​urchin and his teammate Highlander clocked at 2’41” this Friday morning – the Movistar Team he doesn’t panic at the rear, especially since two unrepresented teams at the front are riding with him, namely Kern Pharma Team Y Bardiani-CSF-Faizanè. Then comes the training. Cofidis what is forcing, what is not convenient for the leading group, in the end he took 36 terminals out of the goal, just as he entered the final circuit.

The beautiful raid of the Dujardin-Van Niekerk duo, the decisive attack of Vincenzo Albanese

Sandy Dujardin (TotalEnergies Team) and Morne Van Niekerk (St Michel-Auber93) then manage to snap at their heels. Digging a good gap in the peloton, the Frenchman and the South African are chased by the Spanish. abel baldstone. the corridor of the Caja Rural-Seguros RGA it does some of its lag at first, then levels off and even loses time. While the pursuer is caught a little before the 10 kilometer sign, of the garden Y Van Niekerk they are 40 seconds ahead of a peloton in which Greg Van Avermaet (AG2R Citroën Team), third in the general classification, suffers a puncture. In the most difficult pothole of the final circuit, Alexander Fedeli (EOLO-Kometa) places an attack, then it is the turn of William Martin (Cofidis) to speed up. However, all of the general’s first manage to follow the Norman, which is convenient Fedeliwho managed to stay a few steps ahead of the peloton.

During this time, the leading duo saw their lead shrink considerably as, 5 kilometers from the finish, they only had a 15-second lead over a peloton that had resumed Fedeli and seen return Van Avermaet. this is the team United Arab Emirates that rolls in this final stage, being the objective that diego ulissi you can compete in the sprint for victory and take the bonuses. While of the garden Y Van Niekerk are taken, Vincenzo Albanese (EOLO-Kometa) sets up an attack that puts the squad in a tight spot. Followed by frank bonnamour (B&B Hotels-KTM), the Italian is making a very big effort. And unlike the Breton, who is caught, the Italian resists and wins in Limoges, just ahead alex aran buruthe final winner of this 55th edition.

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