Iván Ramiro Sosa wins Queen Stage of Tour de la Provence and tops GC
Feb 13 2021 11:55 pm CET

Iván Ramiro Sosa wins Queen Stage of Tour de la Provence and tops GC
Iván Ramiro Sosa wins Queen Stage of Tour de la Provence and tops GC
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Ineos Grenadiers' Ivan Ramiro Sosa has taken the victory of the Queen Stage at the Tour de la Provence and he climbed to the top of the General Classification of the race.

The third stage of the French race was 153.9 kilometres long and featured a mountain finish on the iconic Mont Ventoux. Although the day before everything was uncertain due to the amount of snow on the climb, authorities made sure to clear the path for the race to happen.

The breakaway was formed early on the day by riders like Louis Louvet, Florian Vermeersch, Nicola Bagioli and Damien Gaudin, among others. But as the kilometres went by, the group became smaller until only Vermeersch and Bagioli remained.

On the first slopes of the final climb, the duo was caught by the rest and Astana took the lead of the pack to set a high pace, which left behind riders like John Degenkolb, Davide Ballerini and Arnaud Demare. Astana's Harold Tejada was the first rider to make a move, but was soon caught by the pack, which was led by Ineos Grenadiers.

Iván Ramiro Sosa (Ineos Grenadiers) was the first rider to make a move from the reduced pack and he managed to build a gap with the rest. Behind, Alexander Vlasov (Astana) attacked and was followed by Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quick-Step) and Egan Bernal (Ineos Grenadiers), but soon after the World Champion and the winner of the 2019 Tour de France went ahead by themselves.

Minutes later, the duo was joined by Bahrain Victorious' Wout Poels, and the trio worked together for a moment. Bernal made a move but was closely followed by the Frenchman and they left the Dutchman behind.

Sosa crossed the finish line by himself and 15 seconds later was followed by his teammate and fellow countryman and the World Champion. Poels and Jesus Herrada (Cofidis) completed the top five of the day.

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