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Roglic wins TT Itzulia Basque Country, Australians set new world record: Daily News Digest
Frenchman Guillaume Martin (Wanty-Groupe Gobert) leaped 21 places in the general classification in the Circuit de la Sarthe on Thursday, soloing to victory at the end of the race’s difficult stage. He reached the line in Pré-en-Pail-Saint-Samson 12 seconds ahead of his teammate Xandro Meurisse and 24 ahead of a 20-man chase group led in by Andrea Vendrame (Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec) and Clement Venturini (AG2R La Mondiale).
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“I accelerated for the first time in the penultimate lap, without success,” Martin said. “Xandro and Thomas [teammate Thomas Degand] returned and imposed a high pace. At the foot of the last climb Xandro accelerated and we jumped away. Xandro was dropped 500 meters from the line.
“[That was] too bad, because I wanted cross the line hand in hand. But I had to think about the GC and am very pleased with this fantastic result. Xandro second, Thomas seventh, this symbolizes the course of the day and the mood of the group here in the Sarthe.”
Overnight race leader Marc Sarreau (Groupama – FDJ) had a difficult day and finished over 18 minutes back. Martin is now 16 seconds clear of Meurisse and is 24 seconds clear of stage one winner Justin Jules (WB Aqua Protect Veranclassic). “I now have a comfortable lead in the GC, but you have to be vigilant,” he said. “Every stage of the Circuit de la Sarthe is dangerous, but we have a solid team that I can trust.”
The race concludes on Friday with a mainly flat stage to Sablé. With riders in first and second overall, Wanty-Groupe Gobert looks poised for a big victory.