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by Shane Stokes
June 20, 2017
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Retuning after an injury-provoked withdrawal from the Giro d’Italia, Kenny Elissonde had a morale-boosting result in the Route du Sud. The 25-year-old Frenchman finished one minute 44 seconds behind the overall winner Silvan Dillier (BMC Racing Team) and one minute 37 off Movistar’s Richard Carapaz.
He had originally planned to support his Sky teammates Sergio Henao, Geraint Thomas and Wout Poels in the race, yet was given a green light to ride aggressively on the opening stage. He made it into the day’s break, took eighth and then moved up to third overall on the queen stage.
“It wasn’t the objective for me,” he said in an interview on the Team Sky website. “I just wanted to get back racing after my injury at the Giro, but I was really motivated to ride well and bounce back.
“I was excited to race with Wout, G and Sergio and I wanted to be at a good level to help them in the mountains. With the injury it was hard to predict what I would be able to do. I just tried to be in the best shape possible to help our leaders in the race.”
However making it into the break meant that he became the best chance of a strong overall result and those riders collaborated to ensure he finished on the podium. “On the final climb I gave it my all,” he said, speaking of the day three mountain stage. “Having G, Wout and Sergio helping me really gave me some wings! It was the experience of a lifetime having those champions riding for me. I was in the wheels looking at them thinking, ‘Wow, this is huge.’ I wanted to stay on the podium for them.”
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