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La Polynormande

Lorenzo Rota flirts again with the victory

One week after winning the Sazka Tour, Lorenzo Rota was very close to a new victory on a selective course in the Polynormande, which was ridden on eleven hilly local laps and in the rain.

With more than 160 kilometer to go, the Italian rider attacked with a group of eight riders and managed to resist to the return of the peloton and to sprint for the victory in the streets of Saint-Martin-de-Landelles.

The leading group, which was reduced to five men in the final lap, preceded the peloton with around 20 seconds and Lorenzo Rota took second place. It is the eleventh time this season that the Italian rider finishes in the top five.

« The decisive race move happened after 40 kilometer. It seemed quite early, but when we arrived on the local lap I saw that it was perfect for a breakaway, especially in these wet circumstances. Four riders were in the lead and with Guillaume Martin I managed to make the junction on the climb. In the end we were nine strong riders in the lead and as we cooperated well I was quite confident that we could make it to the finish. However, the peloton was only 10 seconds behind us with one lap to go. We went all out and this was decisive as the peloton soon gave up the chase. I feel more confident after my victory in the Sazka Tour, I really needed this. I'm now preparing for the Tour du Limousin before an altitude camp and the Italian classics. I like this period of the year, it would be a dream to win in Italy. »


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