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by Shane Stokes
October 6, 2017
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Ag2r La Mondiale rider Rudy Barbier gave himself and his team an important boost prior to Paris-Tours on Thursday when he won Paris-Bourges in a big bunch sprint. The Frenchman beat compatriots Marc Sarreau (FDJ), Jérémy Lecroq (Roubaix Lille Métropole), Justin Jules (WB Veranclassic Aqua Protect) and others at the end of the 1.1-ranked event.
“I really did not want to finish the season without winning a race,” he said. “This victory is a real relief. The team was relaxed the entire day, and in the final, I was really escorted to the line in an easy chair. Benoît (Cosnefroy), Oliver (Naesen) and Julien (Duval) all did a crazy job of work, and I was in a perfect position with 250 meters to go.
“All I had to do was finish the job. We had a great team on paper starting the race, and so all we had to do was make it happen. We enjoy racing together, and today was a victory for my friends. I will finish my season on Sunday at the Paris-Tours, without any pressure, and everyone is telling me I have everything to gain.”
Barbier is 24 years of age and finished third in last year’s Paris-Bourges. He won the 2016 Cholet – Pays De Loire.