Bassett climbs and sprints to Paris-Bourges podium – Rally Cycling

Stephen Bassett lit up the breakaway at Paris-Bourges on Thursday by winning both the sprints and KOM classification. The 26-year-old launched the early breakaway and went on to score points at all but one of the day’s intermediate sprints and climbs. 

“I made sure to check my efforts early in the race in order to have the acceleration needed to get the classifications,” Bassett said afterward. “I was able to pretty easily take the sprint points but the KOM was a lot trickier as I was second over the first one but Tony Gallopin (AG2R Citroën Team) upped the pace and dropped the leader so I was able to soak up the final few points.”

At the finish, Bassett heaped praise on his Felt AR and Pactimo kit.

“I was also really happy with my kit as there were so many sections where I could hunker down and coast while I could see the guys in front of me had to keep on the pedals for longer.”

Bassett has been active in breakaways and the amount of racing he has done in Europe has left him in good stead. 

“I feel like I’ve made a lot of progress this season in adapting to life and racing in Europe,” he said. “I’ve taken my chances in breakaways and had  good results so I’m happy.” 

Rally Cycling animated much of the racing before the final bunch sprint that was won by Jordi Meeus (BORA – hansgrohe). Pier-André Coté was the team’s top finisher in 24th place. 

After winning the KOM prize at the Eurométropole Tour, Robin Carpenter said that the team wanted to improve on their performance at Paris-Bourges from 2019. Keen to bury the demons of two years ago, the Philadelphia rider went for a daring breakaway with Ryan Mullen (Trek – Segafredo) inside the final 10km before being caught by the charging peloton. 

Kyle Murphy also launched an attack late on, but the flat run-in proved difficult terrain to open a gap up. Although their bids for glory didn’t work out, they were examples of how Rally Cycling riders race with their hearts on their sleeves. 

The men’s team will spend the next week in France as they prepare for the final race of the season at the Grand Prix du Morbihan on October 16.  

— Oskar Scarsbrook to rallycycling.com

Rendimiento excelente en la Paris-Bourges – Equipo Kern Pharma

El Equipo Kern Pharma ha completado este jueves una sensacional Paris – Bourges (Francia, UCI 1.1, 07/10). Los jóvenes dirigidos por Pablo Urtasun han estado en la pelea desde el inicio de la prueba francesa: primero, en la fuga de la jornada con Ibon Ruiz, y, después, en los diferentes cortes con Roger Adrià, Urko Berrade, Jordi López y Danny van der Tuuk. Kiko Galván (16º) fue el mejor clasificado del conjunto navarro en un sprint en el que se impuso Meeus (BOH).

Desde la partida en Gien el final parecía estar escrito: sprint masivo, y poco tardó en formarse la escapada de cinco unidades en la que rodaba Ibon Ruiz. Con más de 50 kilómetros por delante y con los fugados neutralizados, comenzó una nueva carrera totalmente diferente y la tranquilidad del pelotón se convirtió en nerviosismo. Se sucedieron los ataques y, atentos, los corredores farmacéuticos estuvieron presentes en prácticamente la totalidad de estos e incluso protagonizaron un buen número de ellos. Finalmente, la jornada se resolvió al sprint.

“Estoy muy contento con el rendimiento. Hemos hecho una gran carrera”, remarca Pablo Urtasun, director del Equipo Kern Pharma en la clásica francesa. “Los resultados no han llegado, pero hemos estado en todos los cortes y jugado todas las bazas que teníamos para evitar llegar al sprint. Independientemente del resultado, considero que hemos completado una buena jornada”, concluye el técnico.

El Equipo Kern Pharma retomará la competición el próximo sábado en el Tour de Vendée (Francia, UCI 1.1, 09/10), donde
tras 150 kilómetros los jóvenes farmacéuticos completarán 4 vueltas al circuito final en La Roche-sur-Yon.Paris – Bourges (Francia, UCI 1.1, 07/10)
Web oficial de la carrera | Itinerario07/10 – 12:40 – 17:15. Gien – Bourges, 198 km
1. Jordi Meeus (Bora-Hasgrohe) 4h20’58”
2. Arnaud Démare (Groupama-FDJ) m.t.
3. Niccolò Bonifazio (Team TotalEnergies) m.t.

16. Kiko Galván (Equipo Kern Pharma) m.t.
33. Álex Jaime (Equipo Kern Pharma) m.t.
40. Roger Adrià (Equipo Kern Pharma) m.t.
56. Danny van der Tuuk (Equipo Kern Pharma) m.t.
58. Urko Berrade (Equipo Kern Pharma) m.t.
Tour de Vendée (Francia, UCI 1.1, 09/10)
Web oficial de la carrera | Itinerario y horarios09/10 – 13:20 – 18:25. Les Herbiers – La Roche-sur-Yon, 199,8 km
Jon Agirre, Sergio Araiz, Carlos García Pierna, Jordi López, Diego López Fuentes, Martí Márquez, Iván MorenoCobertura:
Lista de Twitter con las cuentas más interesantes para seguir la carrera
Televisión en directo: Retransmisión a través de Eurosport (S9, 16:00)

— mgiliborra to equipokernpharma.com

Binche-Chimay-Binche – Paris-Bourges (October 5 and 7)

Stan Dewulf : « A great race »

«We all had a very difficult race at Paris-Roubaix. I was not spared any bad luck, but that is part of the game in this kind of race. Despite everything, you do not stand on the start line of such a Monument to give up. You feel you have to make it to the finish. After a day of rest, now we have to set off again for Binche-Chimay-Binche. It’s a great race. Two years ago I was in the breakaway. I’m still in good shape at the end of the season and I hope that I will be able to have a repeat performance. »Stan

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Currently a stagiaire for our team who will be turning professional with us on January 1st, Paul Lapeira (AG2R CITROËN U23) won Il Piccolo Lombardi, the Tour of Lombardy reserved for riders under 23 years old

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End of the season for Ben O’Connor

Still looking for good sensations, Ben O’Connor will not be at the start of Milan-Turin and instead will put an end to his season. He will be replaced by Aurélien Paret-Peintre at the Italian race.

— Kevin Bottin to www.ag2rcitroenteam.com