- We came here with a quite young team, so we were not among the favorites in this race. But, we did a very nice and solid race, showing the great potential of our young riders. Truls Korsaeth showed some strong riding in the breakaway from km 130 to 185, when his group caught an early break. Later, it was Truls again, who made a solo attack in a try to get a chance to make it to the finish. Finally, all attacks were caught and a massive sprint decided the race. For the sprint we had Riccardo Minali, who was supported by Oscar Gatto. Riccardo finished 7th and I think this is a strong result for a young rider, - explained sports director Lars Michaelsen.
French rider Arnaud Demare won the final sprint ahead of Slovenian Marco Kump and German Andre Greipel. As it was said, Astana’s Riccardi Minali did 7th.
Unfortunately, Ruslan Tleubayev crashed out hardly during the race, getting some deep cuts. He was forced to abandon the race. After an additional medical checking the team’s management will decide about his participation in tomorrow’s GP de Fourmies.
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