Pierre Latour wins French Time Trial Championship
Jun 23 2017 02:59 am CET

Pierre Latour wins French Time Trial Championship
Pierre Latour wins French Time Trial Championship
Photo of Pierre Latour © Mary Cárdenas / CyclingPub.com

Pierre Latour has taken the victory at the Time Trial of the French National Championships. The rider of AG2R-La Mondiale was the fastest at the 51.6 kilometre circuit.

Latour needed 27 seconds less to complete the course than Silver medalist Yoann Paillot. Bronze went to Anthony Roux while defending Time Trial champion Thibaut Pinot failed to impress this time and clocked the 13th time.

The 23-year-old Latour took his first national championship after two years of being a professional. "After turning pro in 2015, I have done several pretty long time trials, but none ever as long as today," said the rider. "This was a very demanding course. It’s a special day for me. I have never been a Champion of France."

The Frenchman is very happy with this achievement, because his best result in his country until the day was a silver medal in 2011 as a junior. "I want to enjoy this moment, I know it does not happen often. I am proud to win this title in a discipline that I have always loved. It will be a real pleasure to race my first Tour de France and be able to wear this distinctive jersey in Düsseldorf," he commented.

The rider will be starting in the Tour de France at that German city and even if he dreams to take the yellow jersey in the prologue, he knows his chances are slim. "I will keep my feet on the ground, since I know the level at the WorldTour is very high, but I will certainly fight," Latour added.
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