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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

Tour du Doubs: Victory for Dorian Godon

Dorian Godon « A lot of great team work »

« It’s the kind of day where you feel like it’s easy since the team is doing such a tremendous job. I was taken care of and protected all day. Everything happened naturally; we didn’t have to say anything to each other. Nans Peters rode in front for 90 km, I was taken to the sprint, and I just had to finish the job. We deserved to share the wheel of Comté that I won. Three victories this season, and my first Tour de France. It’s been a great year and I want to build on the same momentum. I am going to take a few days off because I feel that some days are more difficult than others and I will prepare for the Grand Prix de Wallonie (September 15) where we will definitely have a good team together. »Dorian

The number

11

The AG2R CITROËN team wins its eleventh success of the season.
Dorian Godon’s victory is his third success of the season and the third in two days for the AG2R CITROËN TEAM after Clément Champoussin won at the Vuelta a Espana and Benoît Cosnefroy at the Tour du Jura on Saturday. Dorian Godon had already won on Paris-Camembert and at the 2nd stage of the Tour du Limousin.
Ben O’Connor won the 9th stage of the Tour de France, Andrea Vendrame won the 12th stage of the Giro d´Italia and the 1st stage of the Route d´Occitanie,
Aurélien Paret-Peintre won the Grand Prix Cycliste la Marseillaise, Clément Champoussin won the 20th stage of the Vuelta a Espana, and Benoît Cosnefroy won the Bretagne Classic – Ouest France, the Tour du Finistère and the Tour du Jura to complete the roll of honor. Note also Marc Sarreau is the French National Champion on the track in the scratch race and Clément Venturini is French National Champion in cyclocross. The AG2R CITROËN TEAM has won stages in all three grand tours this season. Dorian Godon consolidated his first place in the general classification of the Coupe de France, with 50 points ahead of Benoît Cosnefroy.
The AG2R CITROËN TEAM leads the team standings.

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Tour du Benelux: Greg Van Avermaet 8th at the top of the mur de Grammont

Greg Van Avermaet took eighth place on the 7th and final stage of the Benelux Tour which ended at the top of the mur de Grammont.
“I am really happy with this top 10 after so many weeks without getting any convincing results. I feel like my form is picking up and that’s really good news. Already, on Saturday, I was not so bad. I just didn’t manage to hook up to the right group. Today, with my experience and my knowledge of the course, I knew I could pull off a good performance. I did well in my sprint. I can now build for the end of the season,” said Greg Van Avermaet.

— Kevin Bottin to www.ag2rcitroenteam.com