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by Shane Stokes

August 19, 2017

In today’s edition of the Daily News Digest: Mezgec takes Veenendaal-Veenendaal Classic; Guillaume Martin wins final stage of Tour du Limousin, Vuillermoz swoops for overall;  Asgreen takes stage 1 of Tour de l’Avenir; Dan Martin signs for UAE Team Emirates, Sutherland also comes on board; Contador on Vuelta finale to his career: “As always, I want to win”; Vermote moves to Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka chasing new Classics targets; Video: 2017 UCI Women’s WorldTour – Crescent Vargarda; Video: What it means to ride La Vuelta a España 2017; Video: La Vuelta a España 2017; Video: Chris Froome pre-race interview Vuelta a España 2017

Guillaume Martin wins final stage of Tour du Limousin, Vuillermoz swoops for overall

by Shane Stokes

Wanty Groupe Gobert rider Guillaume Martin was best on the final stage of the Tour du Limousin, leading teammate Jerome Baugnies home at the finish in Limoges. The duo broke away together 80 kilometres from the line and held off those chasing behind, with Mathieu van der Poel (Beobank-Corendon) leading in a large chase group 19 seconds later.

“From the start it was hard because of the bad weather,” he said. “It was really epic circumstances. At a sudden moment Jerome (Baugnies) told me to take his wheel and then we accelerated together. I really have to thank Jerome for his guidance during the stage. It’s very classy that he gave me the victory. This is even my first victory! ”

“We realized a beautiful story, although I only realized 500m from the line that we got it. To realize the double today is just amazing. The day before yesterday I was disappointed because I did not have the legs and yesterday Thomas (Degand) came close to the win. We knew we were doing well, but we needed a win before the end of the season. We have built up a great atmosphere in this group over the last 10 days.”

Alexis Vuillermoz (AG2R La Mondiale) collected time bonuses in the intermediate sprints to overhaul his four second deficit to stage one victor Elie Gesbert (Fortuneo – Vital Concept). He finished level on time but ahead on points, thus taking the final victory.

“I have dreamed of winning a stage race. Now I have done that, and it will be a highlight of my career,” he said. “The whole team put in a great fight. We decided to go for it in the intermediate sprints. All my teammates were very strong, both being able to lead me out in the sprint, and to control the race in general.”

Stage 4: Saint-Junien > Limoges - Stage Result

Friday 18th August 2017

1. fr
MARTIN Guillaume
Wanty - Groupe Gobert
04:05:25
2. be
BAUGNIES Jerome
Wanty - Groupe Gobert
-
3. nl
VAN DER POEL Mathieu
Beobank - Corendon
0:19

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