- It was a good day today, with good weather and without wind. A good day to be in the breakaway. I tried it right from the start, and after a second attempt I got clear with a small group that worked well together. I felt good and had good legs today. I pulled a lot at the front of our group and I could do a lot of work, so it was not bad. After all, we maybe needed a few more riders in the break to really make a chance today. But at least we tried it and at the end Riccardo Minali sprinted into the top 10. It was not a bad day! –Dmitriy Gruzdev.
The 205 kilometer of GP de Fourmies were challenging, but not challenging enough to avoid a bunch sprint in the streets of Fourmies. But before this sprint, it was Dmitriy Gruzdev who took off with six other riders for the day’s breakaway. The Kazakh rider of Astana Pro Team was able to stay clear from the peloton until the final 25 kilometer, as then he was only left with one other escapee. In the final, it was Riccardo Minali sprinting to a ninth place behind winner Pascal Ackermann. The young Italian sprinter was boxed in after the final turn and was not able to sprint for a podium. For Pascal Ackermann, it was the second win in one weekend, after yesterday’s Brussels Cycling Classic.
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