Anthony Roux wins last stage, Alejandro Valverde takes overall victory at Route d'Occitanie
Jun 17 2018 04:39 pm CET

Anthony Roux wins last stage, Alejandro Valverde takes overall victory at Route d'Occitanie
Anthony Roux wins last stage, Alejandro Valverde takes overall victory at Route d'Occitanie
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Anthony Roux (Groupama-FDJ) has won the last stage of the Route d'Occitanie. Alejandro Valverde took the final victory of the race.

The fourth stage of the French race was 192.7 kilometres long and took the riders through a route that included one climb of the first category and two ascents of the third category. The escape of the day was formed by Jeremy House, Evaldas Siskevicius, Alexandre Pichot, Quentin Jauregui and Mikel Iturria Segurola.

The front group created a gap of more than four minutes with the peloton and behind teams like Cofidis, Vital Concept and Movistar controlled the speed of the bunch to try to reduce the gap. Some stars of the third stage like Kenny Elissonde (Sky), Alejandro Valverde (Movistar), Daniel Navarro (Cofidis) and Luis Leon Sanchez (Astana) took turns in front of the pack to increase the pace and managed to break it in two.

After the descent to the Pic de Nore, the first part of the pack joined the escapees, while the rest were at 40 seconds behind. Moments later, a small group of riders that included Oscar Rodriguez (Euskadi-Murias), Luis Angel Mate (Cofidis) and Alexis Vuillermoz (AG2R La Mondiale) attacked but were reeled back in a couple of kilometres later.

At around 70 kilometres from the finish line, Valverde and Sanchez attacked from the front group and created a gap of more than one minute with the rest. Behind, teams like Sky, AG2R La Mondiale and Cofidis started to work together to catch the escapees.

In the last 10 kilometres, the two men in front still had a gap and behind other teams like Manzana Postobon, Fortuneo-Samsic and Groupama-FDJ worked to catch Valverde and Sanchez. The duo was caught in the last metres of the stage and Anthony Roux (Groupama-FDJ) won the final sprint, being followed by Sanchez and Siskevicius.

Valverde arrived with the bunch and consolidated his overall victory. Navarro and Elissonde completed the final podium of the race.






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