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2022 La Roue Tourangelle (1.1), France

20th Edition: Sunday, March 27, 2022

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Chateau Renault - Tours: 202 km

Speedster Nacer Bouhanni wins in Tours. Photo: LNC/B.Bade

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Weather at the finish city of Tours at 2:00 PM, local time: 19C (67F), sunny, with the wind from the northeast at 13 km/hr (8 mph). No rain is forecast.

The race: Here is a machine translation of the race report from sixth-place Bram Welton's Groupama-FDJ team.

The Groupama-FDJ cycling team presented itself as the title holder on the Roue Tourangelle this Sunday. Unfortunately, she could not keep her crown in the finish city of Tours. Well launched by his teammates, Bram Welten tried to grab the victory in a reduced peloton sprint, but he finally had to settle for sixth place on the line, a few lengths behind winner Nacer Bouhanni.

In the absence of outgoing winner Arnaud Démare, in business at Ghent-Wevelgem, Groupama-FDJ lined up the Picard train around Bram Welten this Sunday on the Tourangelle route. But before a potential sprint in the streets of Tours, it is first a five-man breakaway made up of Nicolas Debeaumarché (St-Michel-Auber 93), Jonas Abrahamsen (Uno-X Pro Cycling Team), Miguel Heidemann (B&B Hotels-KTM), Loris Trastour (Swiss Racing Academy) and Jordan Jegat (Team U Nantes Atlantique) who hosted part of the day.

“It was a fairly classic scenario,” summed up Thierry Bricaud. The leading men were up to four minutes ahead, but the peloton gradually closed in until they were only two minutes behind when the difficulties arose in the last hour of the race. “It was the same final as usual, with the last forty-five hilly kilometers and a lot of bumps that made the race much more difficult, added Thierry Bricaud. In the tradition of this race, we expected movement.”

There were indeed some through the seven bumps of the final, and Enzo Paleni, for the occasion promoted from Conti, had the opportunity to stand out. “We had the objective of accompanying the blows in the final in the event that a small group came out, which sometimes happens, added Thierry. But if Bram was still in the game at the top of the last bump, we took care of him for the sprint. What we did and what they did very well”.

The Batavian sprinter and his teammates were perfectly positioned at the foot of the Carmaux coast, the penultimate difficulty of the day, and were thus able to tackle the final climb in good spirits. A few attacks then occurred, six riders took the reins but Groupama-FDJ remained well united behind Bram Welten. “We wanted to have as many guys as possible after the bumps, and in the end, there were still four of us with Kono, Ramon and Jacopo', explained Bram. "Kono protected us from the wind all day and rode well to catch up with the riders who got away on the circuit”.

“I was optimistic, certified Thierry. We still had people to ride if needed, and other teams were not represented either. We took it on and it came together.” The junction took place two kilometers from the end and Ramon Sinkeldam then took control of the peloton in front of Jacopo Guarnieri and Bram Welten to put the train on the rails. The Dutchman held on for a long time and then left it to the Italian to provide the last effort. "I had the best train we could have," said Bram. I was happy to see that the sensations were coming back, to be there to do the sprint, but I did not yet have the speed necessary at the finish to finish the job. It's a shame, but I'm sure it will come."

If the young Dutchman started the sprint in a peloton of around thirty units, he could not however keep his rivals at bay, finally crossing the line in sixth position.

“Bram is still a little short because he has accumulated the small health issues, and he is not yet at 100%, indicated Thierry. In the state of mind, it was very good. They all did the right thing. Bram had been blaming himself for some time for not taking the initiative in the sprint, getting stuck when the sprint was launched, and he was frustrated about it. The idea today was for him to do his sprint, and when you have Ramon and Jacopo throwing you, you don't ask yourself any questions. He hasn't stopped, but the legs still don't respond as he would like.

"It's obviously frustrating because we think there was room, but I don't forget that he had abandoned Cholet after fifty kilometers last week because of allergies. Today, he was in the game to play for the win despite a difficult final. It's going in the right direction and that's what you have to remember. The same goes for Jacopo and Ramon. They weren't there in the final to take Arnaud down last year. This year yes. The guys are in on it, we just have to keep the wheel turning and we're going to get those wins."

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Complete Results:

202 kilometers raced at an average speed of 43.433 km/hr

1  Nacer Bouhanni Arkéa-Samsic 4hr 39min 3sec
2  Bryan Coquard Cofidis s.t.
3  Sandy Dujardin TotalEnergies s.t.
4  Thomas Boudat GO Sport-Roubaix Lille Metropole s.t.
5  Sasha Weemaes Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise s.t.
6  Bram Welten Groupama-FDJ s.t.
7  Clément Venturini Ag2r-Citroën s.t.
8  Lorrenzo Manzin TotalEnergies s.t.
9  Robin Froidevaux Swiss Racing Academy s.t.
10  Emmanuel Morin U Nantes-Atlantique s.t.
11  Hugo Page Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert s.t.
12  Barnabas Peak Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert s.t.
13  Alex Baudin Swiss Racing Academy s.t.
14  Gerben Thijssen Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert s.t.
15  Andrea Mifsud Nice Métropole Côte d'Azur s.t.
16  Jacopo Guarnieri Groupama-FDJ s.t.
17  Angel Fuentes Burgos-BH s.t.
18  Aritz Bagües Caja Rural-Seguros RGA s.t.
19  Jeremy Leveau GO Sport-Roubaix Lille Metropole s.t.
20  Mael Guegan U Nantes-Atlantique s.t.
21  Jens Reynders Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise s.t.
22  Lawrence Naesen Ag2r-Citroën s.t.
23  Sergio Martin Caja Rural-Seguros RGA s.t.
24  Maxime Urruty Nice Métropole Côte d'Azur s.t.
25  Colin Joyce Human Powered Health s.t.
26  Anthony Perez Cofidis s.t.
27  Leo Danes U Nantes-Atlantique s.t.
28  Kevin Vauquelin Arkéa-Samsic s.t.
29  Loic Vliegen Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert s.t.
30  Flavien Maurelet St Michel-Auber 93 s.t.
31  Geoffrey Soupe TotalEnergies s.t.
32  Syver Wærsted Uno-X s.t.
33  Pierre Rolland B&B Hotels-KTM s.t.
34  Filippo Tagliani Drone Hopper-Androni Giocattoli s.t.
35  Tony Hurel St Michel-Auber 93 s.t.
36  Aloïs Charrin Swiss Racing Academy s.t.
37  Yannis Voisard Swiss Racing Academy s.t.
38  Anthony Maldonado St Michel-Auber 93 s.t.
39  Gilles De Wilde Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise s.t.
40  Julian Mertens Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise @ 11sec
41  Ramon Sinkeldam Groupama-FDJ 0:13
42  Axel Mariault U Nantes-Atlantique s.t.
43  Fabien Grellier TotalEnergies 0:19
44  Valentin Ferron TotalEnergies 0:41
45  Tom Devriendt Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert 0:46
46  Kamiel Bonneu Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise 0:57
47  Enzo Paleni Groupama-FDJ 1:39
48  Yesid Pira Caja Rural-Seguros RGA s.t.
49  Joris Delbove St Michel-Auber 93 s.t.
50  Mattia Bais Drone Hopper-Androni Giocattoli s.t.
51  Mario Aparicio Burgos-BH s.t.
52  Ignatas Konovalovas Groupama-FDJ s.t.
53  Paul Lapeira Ag2r-Citroën s.t.
54  Valentin Paret-Peintre Ag2r-Citroën s.t.
55  Simon Dalby Uno-X s.t.
56  Laurent Pichon Arkéa-Samsic 1:44
57  Alan Riou Arkéa-Samsic s.t.
58  Valentin Tabellion GO Sport-Roubaix Lille Metropole 2:03
59  Juan Calle Caja Rural-Seguros RGA s.t.
60  Eliot Lietaer B&B Hotels-KTM s.t.
61  Stephane Rossetto St Michel-Auber 93 s.t.
62  Victor Langellotti Burgos-BH s.t.
63  Alan Jousseaume TotalEnergies s.t.
64  Jonas Abrahamsen Uno-X 2:24
65  Franck Bonnamour B&B Hotels-KTM 2:30
66  Tristan Delacroix Nice Métropole Côte d'Azur s.t.
67  Sindre Kulset Uno-X 2:40
68  Paul Ourselin TotalEnergies s.t.
69  Jean Goubert Nice Métropole Côte d'Azur 2:43
70  Miles Scotson Groupama-FDJ s.t.
71  Anthony Jullien Ag2r-Citroën 2:59
72  Petr Kelemen Swiss Racing Academy 3:21
73  Iver Skaarseth Uno-X s.t.
74  Thibault Ferasse B&B Hotels-KTM 3:42
75  Calum Johnston Caja Rural-Seguros RGA s.t.
76  Eddy Fine Cofidis s.t.
77  Ricardo Zurita Drone Hopper-Androni Giocattoli s.t.
78  Benjamin Thomas Cofidis s.t.
79  Tuur Dens Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise s.t.
80  Julius Johansen Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert s.t.
81  Eduard Grosu Drone Hopper-Androni Giocattoli s.t.
82  David Gonzalez Caja Rural-Seguros RGA s.t.
83  Nicolas Debeaumarche St Michel-Auber 93 4:24
84  Jonathan Couanon Nice Métropole Côte d'Azur s.t.
85  Clement Davy Groupama-FDJ 4:29
86  Nicolas Prodhomme Ag2r-Citroën s.t.
87  Miguel Heidemann B&B Hotels-KTM s.t.
88  Emiel Vermeulen GO Sport-Roubaix Lille Metropole 5:23
89  Thomas Denis GO Sport-Roubaix Lille Metropole s.t.
90  Kevin Ledanois Arkéa-Samsic s.t.
91  August Jensen Human Powered Health s.t.
92  Gage Hecht Human Powered Health s.t.
93  Mihkel Raim Burgos-BH s.t.
94  Paul Hennequin Nice Métropole Côte d'Azur 6:13
95  Raphael Parisella B&B Hotels-KTM 9:57
96  Maxime Chevalier B&B Hotels-KTM s.t.
97  Oscar Pelegri Burgos-BH s.t.
98  Jules Hesters Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise s.t.
99  Pier-Andre Côte Human Powered Health s.t.
100  Juan Lopez-Cozar Burgos-BH s.t.
101  Josu Etxeberria Caja Rural-Seguros RGA s.t.
102  Axel Zingle Cofidis 12:05
103  Florian Richard Andrade U Nantes-Atlantique 12:16
104  Jordan Jegat U Nantes-Atlantique s.t.
105  Louis Richard U Nantes-Atlantique s.t.
106  Evaldas Siskevicius GO Sport-Roubaix Lille Metropole s.t.
107  Gabriel Muller Burgos-BH s.t.
108  Jakob Klahre Swiss Racing Academy s.t.
109  Kristian Kulset Uno-X 12:21
110  Erlend Blikra Uno-X 12:27
111  Loris Trastour Swiss Racing Academy 14:39


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