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Oscar Rodriguez takes third on the queen stage of La Route d’Occitanie – Astana

Oscar Rodriguez takes third on the queen stage of La Route d’Occitanie

After a solid performance on the one-day race Mont Ventoux Dénivelé Challenge, Oscar Rodriguez continues to deliver impressive results for Astana – Premier Tech. Today he took a strong third place on the queen stage of La Route d’Occitanie with the finish atop Le Mourtis climb (12.7 km, 6.3%).

Rodriguez counterattacked from a small chasing group trying to bridge to the solo leader Antonio Pedrero. It did not work as Pedrero was able to stay clear in front, taking the stage win and the race lead. However, Rodriguez did his best and finished third just behind Jesus Herrada, who claimed second.

“It was a hard day with some difficult climbs including Tourmalet and the final summit. My teammates worked really well protecting me and helping to bring the breakaway back. On the final climb I did my best, it was impossible to catch Pedrero, but I was still there in front fighting for a high result and finally I was able to take a third place which makes me happy”, – said Oscar Rodriguez.

Thanks to today’s result, Oscar Rodriguez moved up to the third position in the General Classification of the race, 49 seconds behind Pedrero.

Merhawi Kudus also did a very good race, finishing seventh today.

“The team worked very well today and the guys did a great job from the start and until the finish. Yevgeniy Fedorov spent a strong day in front of the peloton, helping the team to control the breakaway on Col du Tourmalet. Also, Yuriy Natarov and Merhawi Kudus stayed close to our leader Oscar Rodriguez until the very last kilometres. Well, we were hoping to fight for a stage win today, but there was a stronger rider in front, and we did not manage to catch him. However, Oscar was really strong today, he did a smart race and at the end he finished this day with a nice podium. We can be really happy with this result”, – added Dmitriy Fofonov, Team Performance Manager.

La Route d’Occitanie, Stage 3. Pierrefitte-Nestalas – La Mourtis, 191.8 km.

Stage Top-3: 1. Antonio Pedrero (Movistar Team); 2. Jesus Herrada (Cofidis, Solutions Credits); 3. Oscar Rodriguez (Astana – Premier Tech).

Astana – Premier Tech stage Top-3: 3. Oscar Rodriguez; 7. Merhawi Kudus; 18. Yuriy Natarov.

Photo credit: @Getty Images

— Vitalii to www.astanapremiertech.com

Fuga para Alex Molenaar en la apertura de la Route d’Occitanie – BURGOS BH

Alex Molenaar: “La etapa ha empezado muy rápido, y aunque se nos ha ido al principio la fuga hemos podido entrar después junto a un corredor de Astaná. Nos han dado bastante ventaja, pero en el puerto de montaña se ha seleccionado la escapada. El pelotón se nos ha echado encima y me han neutralizado, en una parte final muy dura, aunque Okamika y Dani Navarro han aguantado bien y han llegado delante a meta”.

Este viernes, el pelotón de la Route d’Occitanie se dirige a Auch para completar 199 kilómetros, con un terreno plagado de repechos y con tres cotas puntuables en la parte inicial. La línea de meta, en un muro de 1 kilómetro al 6’7% decidirá de nuevo a un ganador potente antes de la alta montaña. Será la única oportunidad de que un velocista pueda aspirar al triunfo de etapa.

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  • — comunicacion to www.burgosproteam.com

    La route des JO passe par les « mondiaux »

    Les routes qui doit conduire les paracyclistes francophones aux Jeux paralympiques de Tokyo passe, cette semaine, par les championnats du monde de Cascais au Portugal. Les joutes mondiales dans les différentes disciplines se dérouleront du 9 au 13 juin. Les compétiteurs de la Ligue Handisport francophone sélectionnés au Portugal sont Maxime Hordies, Raphaël Blaise, Thibaud Thomanne, Christophe Hindricq, Jean-François Deberg et Louis Toussaint.

    Thibaud Thomanne. « Dans ma catégorie (C1), il reste deux tickets pour aller aux Jeux paralympiques. Nos sommes une dizaine à pouvoir y aller. Ce sera celui qui fera peut-être un podium au mondiaux qui pourra peut-être aller à Tokyo. Si on ne fait pas de podium, on devra se défendre chacun devant le Comité paralympique belge. Si les jeux étaient en 2020, j’aurai eu très peu de chance de pouvoir y aller. Mais j’ai progressé en 2021 et j’ai des possibilités. Mn premier objectif reste en tout cas Paris 2024. » (https://www.handisport.be/calendrier)

    Reportage de RTC sur Thibaud Thomanne, avant les mondiaux

     

     

    — eric to www.wbca.be