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by Shane Stokes
September 28, 2017
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Having landed his first pro victory in the Tour du Limousin in August and then taken a stage plus the overall in the Tour du Gévaudan Languedoc-Roussillon in September, Guillaume Martin (Wanty-Groupe Gobert) continued in the same vein on Wednesday. The 24-year-old Frenchman soloed to victory on stage two of the Giro della Toscana and also won the race overall.
Martin was part of a move that went clear on the last lap of the finishing circuit. The break was bolstered by Matteo Busato (Wilier), Enrico Gasparotto (Bahrain-Merida), Michele Gazzara (Sangemini – Mg. K Vis), Pavel Brutt (Gazprom-Rusvelo), Matteo Bono (UAE-Team Emirates) and Mattia Cattaneo (Androni Giocattoli). Others were able to bridge across, including Anthony Delaplace (Team Fortuneo – Oscaro) and Giovanni Visconti (Bahrain-Merida), with the latter then playing his card three kilometres from the line.
The surge drew Martin, Cattano and Delaplace clear, with Martin then pushing ahead inside the final kilometre. He crossed the line ten seconds ahead of Visconti, with Cattaneo three seconds further back and Fabricio Ferrari (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA) taking fourth.
“After my first victory in the Limousin, I made a click,” he said. “When you start winning, you strive for victory again. It’s a combination of the mental and physical aspect, because I’ve made enormous progress since the Tour de France. It is often said that you can push a gear extra, which is true, especially at my age.”
He ended the two day race ten seconds ahead of Visconti and 13 up on Cattaneo. “I can not say which victory is the most beautiful,” he continued. “The first, after a duo ride with Baugnies in Limousin, was special. The one in Gévaudan, my first general ranking, was the most substantial. But here the quality of victory comes forward since big names started in Giro della Toscana.”