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Mont Ventoux: Eiking 21st

Mont Ventoux: Eiking 21st

At the start in Vaison-la-Romaine, the riders had already sight on the finish line of this second edition of the Mont Ventoux Dénivelé Challenge (1.1, 6/08). The riders had to climb the giant of the Provence twice during the second race half, which means more than 4000 meters of climbing during the 180 kilometer race. The heat played again a role, but couldn't reist eight riders from gaining a 5 minute advantage. Odd Eiking, Alexander Evans and Simone Petilli survived the first passage at Chalet Reynard. The Italian climber wanted to get rid of a bad feeling after a crash by attacking on the steep slopes of Mont Ventoux, but a little later he had to acknowledge the superiority of the group of favorites, together with his teammates. Finally, the Russian champion Aleksandr Vlasov reached the top first. Odd Eiking finished 6 minutes later in 21st place, followed a couple of minutes later by Petilli and Evans (38th and 39th).

Odd Eiking:

« During the first ascent I was in difficulty. At first instance, my legs didn't feel great after the Route d'Occitanie and an easy day yesterday. But it improved during the race! The rhythm in the final was a little too high for me, so I've chosen to climb at my own pace. I felt still strong during the last kilometers. I'm already looking forward to the Tour de l'Ain! »

Simone Petilli:

«  I felt good today, until a crash without harm during the first ascent of the Ventoux threw a spanner in the works. After a bike change, I joined the peloton again, but I lost my good feeling. I waited in the bunch until the beginning of the final ascent, where I planned to try something. But I realized soon that I was forced to climb towards the finish at an easier pace. »

Mont Ventoux Dénivelé Challenge:

1.Aleksandr Vlasov
2.Richie Porte +0:18
3.Guillaume Martin +0:59
21.Odd Eiking +5:57
38.Simone Petilli +10:32
39.Alexander Evans
DNF Jérémy Bellicaud
DNF Thomas Degand
DNF Théo Delacroix
DNF Kévin Van Melsen