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by Shane Stokes
October 4, 2017
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Ag2r La Mondiale rider Alexandre Geniez beat better-known rivals Thibaut Pinot (FDJ), Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) and Diego Ulissi (Team UAE Emirates) to win the Tre Valli Varesine on Tuesday, clocking up his third victory of the year. The Frenchman added the prestigious one-day event to his earlier 2017 success on stages of the Tour de Provence and the Tour de l’Ain.
“We did a great race. This morning, I could tell that my sensations were good, and I really wanted to finish the season on a good note,” he said. “Everyone played his role to perfection, and with Jan Bakelants, we were very much there in the final. I managed to come back to Pinot and Nibali, but really pulled myself inside out. Pinot launched the sprint, and it was a very close.”
He said that the success marked an important turn-around after a recent setback. “Two weeks ago, I crashed while training and I was having real pain in my right knee. So I am very happy to finish the season this way. Just as with 2015, I managed to win three races in the same season. After missing out on the Vuelta, that’s a nice little revenge.”
The last remaining riders from the day’s break were hauled back inside the final eight kilometres, then Nibali played his hand when he accelerated fiercely on the final climb, slightly under three kilometres from the finish. Pinot was able to go with him and the duo pushed on, but chasing by others behind kept the gap manageable.
Geniez then jumped across in the final kilometre, with Ulissi bridging soon afterwards. However despite his normal brisk finish, he was had nothing left and Geniez was best in the four man gallop.