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2021 Cholet - Pays de Loire (1.1), France

42nd edition: Sunday, March 28, 2021

Cholet-Pays de Loire podium history | 2019 edition (2020 race was cancelled) | Map & profile

Cholet - Cholet, 201.8 km.

Elia Viviani is the victor.

Weather at the start/finish city of Cholet at 2:00 PM, local time: 16C (61F), sunny, with the wind from the southwest at 13 km/hr (8 mph). No rain is forecast.

The race: Here is the report posted by winner Elia Viviani's Cofidis team

Constantly improving since the start of the season, the Italian sprinter Elia viviani has won in Cholet - Pays de la Loire, concluding a solid collective performance by the team. This is his first victory under the colors of Cofidis, the second for the northern squad this season.

It is a thrill, unique, a sensation that all sprinters are looking for. Managing to benefit from the precious work of his teammates, launching his sprint, feeling his lead, raising his arms to the sky ... Elia Viviani experienced this moment in Cholet this Sunday afternoon. Throughout the day, the team showed great dedication to counter the attacks and make sure they put their sprinter in the best possible condition. Thus, Pierre-Luc Périchon, Victor Lafay, Anthony Pérez, Simon Geschke, Emmanuel Morin, Eddy Finé and Fabio Sabatini all contributed to this great success.

“The start of the race was quite eventful,”  says Jean-Luc Jonrond, the sporting director. We started to control behind the breakaway and each rider worked hard. Anthony (Pérez), Pierre-Luc (Périchon) and Simon (Geschke) were well mobilized throughout the day. And in the final, Emmanuel (Morin) did an excellent job in the last 2 kilometers before Fabio (Sabatini) propelled Elia to victory ” . At the end of this beautiful day, it is satisfaction that predominates. “ This victory is good for everyone  ,” smiles Jean-Luc Jonrond. 

This victory demonstrates the constant rise of Elia Viviani. Close to victory in the UAE Tour (a 2nd place and three 'top 5'), the Italian sprinter thus offers himself his 98th victory among the professionals. It symbolizes all his efforts, he who has always strived to work hard and never slacked off. However, nothing was easy last year during this special season linked to the health crisis which prevented him from working with serenity, especially on his automatisms with his teammates.

But the fact of having always believed in it and of training relentlessly, especially this winter, allowed him to find his way back to victory. This day also illustrates the great cohesion and team spirit that reigns at Cofidis this season. Everyone, staff and runners alike, hope to continue this great dynamic. This is the second victory of the season after that of Christophe Laporte at the Étoile de Bessèges. Cofidis is thus the only French team to have two successes at the start of the 2021 season.

Elia VIVIANI: “Victory is finally coming! I am really very happy with this. A day like today should be a normal day for me and for the team. I want to continue to regain my level and fight to win other races. The team did a very good job of getting me to the sprint perfectly. Emmanuel (Morin) and 'Saba' (Sabatini) got involved very well at the end. And I'm happy to have had a good sprint afterwards. From now on, I hope to keep this confidence for the next events and continue with the same motivation. I thank the whole team: like me, everyone has waited a long time for it. From now on, we will do everything to keep this good dynamic."

Cédric VASSEUR: "I am very happy for Elia and for the whole Cofidis team. All of our runners had exemplary behavior. We had only one goal: to win at Cholet with Elia Viviani. And everyone responded. We saw fantastic work throughout the race and the team got the situation under control. Emmanuel Morin then Fabio Sabatini served as a launching pad for Elia and on the line, there was no photo. We found Elia Viviani victorious after a good start to the season. This victory is essential in order to have a surplus of confidence and I am sure it is the start of a long streak."

Complete Results:

201.8 kilometers raced at an average speed of 42.696 km/hr

1 Elia Viviani Cofidis 4hr 43min 35sec
2 Jon Aberasturi Caja Rural-Seguros RGA s.t.
3 Pierre Barbier Delko s.t.
4 Dorian Godon Ag2r-Citroën s.t.
5 Marc Sarreau Ag2r-Citroën s.t.
6 Alex Vogel Swiss Racing Academy s.t.
7 Matthew Bostock Canyon DHB Sungod s.t.
8 Thomas Boudat Arkéa-Samsic s.t.
9 Romain Cardis St Michel-Auber 93 s.t.
10 Matteo Malucelli Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec s.t.
11 Maurits Lammertink Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert s.t.
12 Pier-Andre Cote Rally Cycling s.t.
13 Niccolo Bonifazio Total Direct Energie s.t.
14 Stanislaw Aniolkowski Bingoal-WB s.t.
15 Jason Tesson St Michel-Auber 93 s.t.
16 Jesus Ezquerra Burgos-BH s.t.
17 Dylan Kowalski Xelliss-Roubaix-Lille Métropole s.t.
18 Tobias Kongstad Riwal Cycling s.t.
19 Jesper Hansen Riwal Cycling s.t.
20 Jérémy Leveau Xelliss-Roubaix-Lille Métropole s.t.
21 Julien Simon Total Direct Energie s.t.
22 Lawrence Naesen Ag2r-Citroën s.t.
23 Mathias De Witte Xelliss-Roubaix-Lille Métropole s.t.
24 Luca Mozzato B&B Hotels s.t.
25 Angel Fuentes Burgos-BH s.t.
26 Ziga Jerman Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec s.t.
27 Casper Van Uden Team DSM Development s.t.
28 Anthony Jullien Ag2r-Citroën s.t.
29 Jake Stewart Groupama-FDJ s.t.
30 Georg Zimmermann Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert s.t.
31 Wesley Kreder Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert s.t.
32 Lukas Rüegg Swiss Racing Academy s.t.
33 Nicola Venchiarutti Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec s.t.
34 Maxime Urruty Xelliss-Roubaix-Lille Métropole s.t.
35 Jens Reynders Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise s.t.
36 Nans Peters Ag2r-Citroën s.t.
37 Thery Schir Swiss Racing Academy s.t.
38 Stephen Bassett Rally Cycling s.t.
39 Clement Berthet Delko s.t.
40 Pierre Rolland B&B Hotels s.t.
41 Jon Barrenetxea Caja Rural-Seguros RGA s.t.
42 Fabio Sabatini Cofidis s.t.
43 Torstein Træen Uno-X s.t.
44 Luc Wirtgen Bingoal-WB s.t.
45 Lucas Eriksson Riwal Cycling s.t.
46 Elmar Reinders Riwal Cycling @ 8sec
47 Biniam Girmay Delko s.t.
48 Winner Anacona Arkéa-Samsic s.t.
49 Valentin Ferron Total Direct Energie s.t.
50 Dimitri Peyskens Bingoal-WB s.t.
51 Théo Delacroix Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert s.t.
52 Pierre-Luc Périchon Cofidis s.t.
53 Luca Chirico Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec s.t.
54 Aritz Bagües Caja Rural-Seguros RGA 0:10
55 Leon Heinschke Team DSM Development s.t.
56 Julien Antomarchi Xelliss-Roubaix-Lille Métropole 0:12
57 Cyril Barthe B&B Hotels s.t.
58 Simon Geschke Cofidis s.t.
59 Alexandre Geniez Total Direct Energie s.t.
60 Lucas De Rossi Delko s.t.
61 Jon Irisarri Caja Rural-Seguros RGA 0:15
62 Benoît Cosnefroy Ag2r-Citroën s.t.
63 Cyrille Thiery Swiss Racing Academy s.t.
64 Evaldas Siskevicius Delko 0:16
65 Emmanuel Morin Cofidis s.t.
66 Lewis Askey Groupama-FDJ s.t.
67 Kevin Reza B&B Hotels 0:20
68 Mathijs Paasschens Bingoal-WB 0:31
69 Rory Townsend Canyon DHB Sungod 0:50
70 Sergio Martin Caja Rural-Seguros RGA s.t.
71 Dayer Quintana Arkéa-Samsic s.t.
72 Flavien Maurelet St Michel-Auber 93 0:52
73 Markus Pajur Arkéa-Samsic s.t.
74 Romain Seigle Groupama-FDJ 1:16
75 Aaron Verwilst Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise 1:25
76 Yoann Paillot St Michel-Auber 93 1:38
77 Jacob Scott Canyon DHB Sungod 1:57
78 Juan Osorio Burgos-BH 2:14
79 Isaac Cantón Burgos-BH s.t.
80 Martin Urianstad Uno-X s.t.
81 Rait Ärm Groupama-FDJ s.t.
82 Edwin Avila Burgos-BH s.t.
83 Jesper Schultz Riwal Cycling s.t.
84 Ludwig De Winter Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert s.t.
85 Lars Saugstad Uno-X s.t.
86 Jim Brown Canyon DHB Sungod s.t.
87 Boris Vallée Bingoal-WB s.t.
88 Samuel Leroux Xelliss-Roubaix-Lille Métropole s.t.
89 Adam De Vos Rally Cycling s.t.
90 Kenny De Ketele Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise s.t.
91 Jasper De Plus Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert s.t.
92 Leonardo Marchiori Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec s.t.
93 Eddy Finé Cofidis s.t.
94 Anthony Perez Cofidis s.t.
95 David González Caja Rural-Seguros RGA s.t.
96 Clément Davy Groupama-FDJ s.t.
97 Tim Naberman Team DSM Development s.t.
98 Clément Carisey Delko s.t.
99 Lorrenzo Manzin Total Direct Energie s.t.
100 Quentin Venner Bingoal-WB s.t.
101 Paul Ourselin Total Direct Energie s.t.
102 Pepijn Reinderink Team DSM Development s.t.
103 Marlon Gaillard Total Direct Energie s.t.
104 Thibault Ferasse B&B Hotels s.t.
105 Anthony Maldonado St Michel-Auber 93 s.t.
106 Tony Hurel St Michel-Auber 93 s.t.
107 Søren Wærenskjold Uno-X 3:03
108 Matteo Dal-Cin Rally Cycling 3:37
109 Alexys Brunel Groupama-FDJ 3:38
110 Jonathan Hivert B&B Hotels s.t.
111 Manuel Peñalver Burgos-BH 3:57
112 Magnus Sheffield Rally Cycling 4:22
113 Filippo Tagliani Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec s.t.
114 Alexis Gougeard Ag2r-Citroën 4:25
115 Jonas Abrahamsen Uno-X s.t.
116 August Jensen Delko s.t.
117 Victor Lafay Cofidis s.t.
118 Reto Müller Swiss Racing Academy s.t.
119 Matthias Reutimann Swiss Racing Academy s.t.
120 Iver Skaarseth Uno-X s.t.
121 Robin Carpenter Rally Cycling 5:06
122 Romain Hardy Arkéa-Samsic 6:02
123 Rasmus Quaade Riwal Cycling s.t.
124 Kim Magnusson Riwal Cycling s.t.
125 Paul Penhoët Groupama-FDJ 6:32
126 Mattia Viel Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec s.t.
127 Joel Nicolau Caja Rural-Seguros RGA s.t.
128 Alex Molenaar Burgos-BH s.t.
129 Robert Scott Canyon DHB Sungod s.t.
130 Josu Etxeberria Caja Rural-Seguros RGA 8:34
131 Kristian Kulset Uno-X s.t.
132 Enzo Leijnse Team DSM Development s.t.
133 Stuart Balfour Swiss Racing Academy s.t.
134 Sander De Pestel Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise s.t.
135 Maxime Chevalier B&B Hotels 9:19
136 Morten Hulgaard Uno-X s.t.
137 Thibault Guernalec Arkéa-Samsic 9:27
138 Reece Wood Canyon DHB Sungod 9:35
139 Emerson Oronte Rally Cycling 10:57
140 Damien Clayton Canyon DHB Sungod s.t.
141 Sasha Weemaes Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise 14:32
142 Tobias Andresen Team DSM Development 21:13

2021 Cholet-Pays de Loire map & profile:

Cholet Pays Loire

2021 Cholet-Pays de Loire map & profile