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Campbell storms to her first victory for Team BikeExchange at the Tour de l’Ardèche – Team BikeExchange


Teniel Campbell blasted to her first victory for Team BikeExchange today, by winning the sprint from a 12-rider breakaway on day 6 of the Tour de l’Ardèche, turning things around for the squad after bad luck yesterday, when team bikes were stolen.
 
The 23-year-old rider from Trinidad and Tobago was helped by her teammates to get into a dangerous breakaway on the lengthy 138.5km stage, after the squad initially missed the move. Working to bring the gap to the 11 escapees back down to 20 seconds, Team BikeExchange gave Campbell, their sprinter, the best chance to launch herself into the move, which she successfully did on a short rise and was able to contest the final.
 
Remaining calm and collected, Campbell followed the moves and remained in the wheels as they headed to the finish line in Goudargues, before launching to a well-deserved and meaningful victory; her first victory in Team BikeExchange colours.
 
With just one stage remaining, the team’s general classification hopeful, Ane Santesteban, now sits in third place overall on the same time as second place and just nine seconds down on the race leader Leah Thomas.
 
Teniel Campbell – Stage 6 winner
“It’s extremely special to win today in so many ways. After what transpired with the bikes yesterday, how everyone kept calm and found solutions instead of freaking out. How everyone remained motivated throughout what seemed at first chaotic! Is completely unreal.
 
It was a complete team effort from the chef keeping our tummies happy to the staff working tirelessly last night to prepare the bikes, to my teammates chasing the breakaway to help me launch on away on a 700m climb over to the breakaway.

 
It hurt like hell but the trust from the team and how well we were working these last days really motivated me and gave me a drive and strong urge to get a stage victory here.
Each day we came with a plan to give each other opportunities, constantly backing each other. 
 
From the start of today the adrenaline and motivation amongst us was really high so I believe everything just transcended and there was an energy flow. 

 
It’s a first win from me with Team BikeExchange and I will cherish and remember it for a long time as it was such an amazing team effort. The first one for the season does indeed feel extremely good.”
 
Alejando Gonzales-Tablas – Sport Director
“That finish was really good especially after yesterday and all the hard work from the mechanics to build the bikes and bring bikes from the service course. 

It was always the plan to have Teniel or Jess Allen in the breakaway and we actually missed the initial breakaway of 11 riders and the team had to bring the gap back down so that we could launch Teniel on a short climb.
 
She actually closed the gap on that short climb really quick and got into the breakaway and that was it, so it was really a team effort to get there and it feels even better when it is the team setting it up and doing the job.
 
Teniel played it really cool in the breakaway, showing her strength and just keep calm and under control and as planned, going for the sprint and she won it. Tonight we can celebrate and have same champagne after all the stuff that happened yesterday with the bikes.”

 
2021 Tour de l’Archèche – Stage 6 Results:
1. Teniel Campbell (Team BikeExchange) 3:33:58
2. Nina Kessler ST
3. Lauretta Hanson ST
 
Tour de l’Ardèche – General Classification after stage 6:
1. Leah Thomas 20:55:08
2. Mavi Garcia +0:09
3. Ane Santesteban (Team BikeExchange) ST
 
Photo courtesy of Getty Images

— Team BikeExchange to www.greenedgecycling.com

Devo team storms to second place in Tour of South Bohemia TTT

Date: 09 September 2021 

Race: Tour of South Bohemia(2.2)

Start/Finish: Jindřichův Hradec

Distance: 1,1km

Weather: warm and sunny +25

Course: mostly flat, cobblestone road, technical corners  

Riders: 118

Class: UCI 2,2

Sergey Lagutin 

All the hard work we did in the last 4 month (motorpacing, rotating and paceline training) finally paid off.

We checked the profile the day before the race and also today we got to the start a few hours before the start. All the riders was very motivated for this TTT prologue, they were riding the corners several times (checking all the corners, cobbles, and all different positions). 

We decided that Jan will start first and he will go all out until the first corner, then Vaclav rides all flat, slightly downhill parts and then Filippo all the way until the finish.

They all did a very good job today and everything went perfect. 

We got second place which I hope will make them very motivated and confident for the next stages.

Jan Dunnewind

I felt a bit of pressure before the start because I was doing the first part of the really short TTT. It was really technical so I had to make sure everyone could follow but still go as hard as possible. After this the other guys finished it off on the second part of the course.

— tnn to www.teamnovonordisk.com