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Samuele Battistella is seventh at the Tour de la Provence – Astana

Samuele Battistella is seventh at the Tour de la Provence

The French stage race Tour de la Provence ended today atop 13-km-long climb Montagne de Lure. The final climb became a tough challenge for Astana Qazaqstan Team leader Samuele Battistella, who gave his best to finish as high as possible.

The team did an excellent job during the day to protect and to support Samuele before the climb, while on the slopes of Montagne de Lure Battistella once again showed his increasing form. The Astana rider stayed with all other favorites until the moment when Nairo Quintana, the future winner of the stage and the final classification, launched his attack. Fighting until the very last meter of the stage, Battistella finished 12th, 1 minute and 27 seconds behind the winner. With this result Samuele Battistella took a very solid 7th place in the final General Classification of the Tour de la Provence.

“I am really happy with my performance in my first race of the season. I was able to build a good form to this first race and a Top-10 really motivates me ahead of the next starts. I am looking forward to keep on improving and to aim for more in the upcoming races”, – said Samuele Battistella.

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Tour de la Provence. Samuele Battistella takes the lead in the best young rider classification – Astana

Tour de la Provence. Samuele Battistella takes the lead in the best young rider classification

The first normal stage of the Tour de la Provence (Istres – Les-Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, 151.8 km) has been impacted a lot by the cross wind, which provoked echelons in the middle part of the distance. Finally, a group of some 20 riders broke away from the peloton to make the decisive move and, thus, to play the stage win.

Astana’s Samuele Battistella, yesterday fourth in the prologue, once again showed his good form at the beginning of the season, taking a nice fifth place at the stage and moving into the lead in the best young rider classification.

“Actually we knew that the weather forecast was predicting a strong cross wind during the stage, so we were quite ready to this situation and to the echelons. My teammates helped me really well, in the right moment they moved me up in front to a good position, so I was able to join the leading group and to stay there until the end. Unfortunately, Leonardo Basso in a moment was almost involved in a crash and thus he could not join me in front. At the end of the day I was able to sprint for a good fifth place and I am quite satisfied with this result. Also, I am happy with the best young rider jersey, it is a good start of the season for me”, – said Samuele Battistella.

 

“Indeed, our team worked very well today as we expected that the wind will be a key factor today. Artyom Zakharov and Gleb Brussenskiy did a great work on the first part of the distance, supporting Samuele Battistella and Michele Gazzoli. Later there was a dangerous situation and Leonardo Basso was almost crashed but, fortunately, escaped to crash. However, there was a split in the group right on that moment and he and Michele Gazzoli found themselves in the second group. It’s a pity because Michele could do a good sprint in the final, anyway we still had Samuele Battistella there and he spent another strong day on the bike”, – added Dmitriy Fofonov, team Sports Director.

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Tour de la Provence. Samuele Battistella makes fourth in the prologue – Astana

Tour de la Provence. Samuele Battistella makes fourth in the prologue

Samuele Battistella made a solid start at the Tour de la Provence (2.Pro) in France, which began today with a seven-kilometer-long prologue in Berre-l’Étang.

The Astana Qazaqstan Team rider finished fourth, losing just 15 seconds to the World Champion Filippo Ganna, who won the stage.

“Well, I am quite happy with the way the race turned out for me. This winter I worked a lot on my TT bike position and I improved a lot, so I was confident I could get a good result here. The route suited me well and I was motivated to try my best for a high place. Well, I am fourth at the end of the day and this results in my first race inspire me ahead of the entire season”, – said Samuele Battistella.

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Astana Qazaqstan Team for Tour de la Provence 2022 – Astana

Astana Qazaqstan Team for Tour de la Provence 2022

Astana Qazaqstan Team will take part in the 2.Pro stage race Tour de la Provence, which will be held in France from February 10th to 13th.

Rider roster: Samuele Battistella (ITA), Michele Gazzoli (ITA), Simone Velasco (ITA), Leonardo Basso (ITA), Artyom Zakharov (KAZ), Gleb Brussenskiy (KAZ).

 

Sports directors in race: Bruno Cenghialta (ITA), Dmitriy Fofonov (KAZ).

Race information: https://www.tourdelaprovence.fr

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