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Occitanie (1): Pasqualon, 4th, satisfied about his restart

Occitanie (1): Pasqualon, 4th, satisfied about his restart

Théo Delacroix was inspired for his first day as a professional rider, this Saturday at the Route d’Occitanie (1-4/08, 2.1). The French U23 champion immediately showed himself by joining the early breakaway on the road from Saint-Affrique towards Cazouls-les-Béziers. Four riders, completed by Calmejane, Kron and Marquez, gained an advantage of 5 minutes, until the peloton took control of the race in function of a bunch sprint. The unavoidable group sprint was won by Bryan Coquard. Our Italian sprinter Andrea Pasqualon took 4th place.

Andrea Pasqualon:

« After a long period without races, I'm happy with today's result, altough a podium finish might have been possible. Because of the heat and our young team at the start, we've chosen to wait until the final to show up at the front. With Théo in the breakaway, the tactics worked out really well. The team worked well for me during the final 20 kilometer. I'm very focused on Milano-San Remo, so today's result is a nice boost to my confidence. » 

Théo Delacroix:

« I end this good first day for the team in the breakaway with a bitter taste. Despite the difficult weather circumstances, I felt quite well at this first race. I took bonification seconds with the aim of finishing with the group and winning the white jersey. Unfortunately, I punctured at the foot of the last climb, and because of the difficulties of the team cars to pass dropped riders, it was impossible to come back. I’m disappointed about the inability of battling for the young rider’s jersey. But luckily some more days and a nice end of the season are awaiting us, so there are still plenty of possibilities to try again! »

Route d’Occitanie (Stage 1) :
1. Bryan Coquard
2. Elia Viviani
3. Sonny Colbrelli
4. Andrea Pasqualon
26. Odd Eiking + 0:16
33. SImone Petilli + 0:20
47. Jeremy Bellicaud + 0:32
87. Aimé De Gendt + 1:45
111. Theo Delacroix + 10:11
115. Alexander Evans