In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Pichon wins Route Adélie de Vitré; Indian Pacific Wheel Race mourns death of British rider Mike Hall; Gilbert on his resurgence with QuickStep: ‘I feel good in my skin’; Lizzie Deignan opens up about her experience with British Cycling; Interview with Manzana Postobon manager about Vuelta invite; Boonen says he can still play a role in Flanders’ finale; Sep Vanmarcke ‘If I could get a podium, that would be a surprise’; Devolder ‘If it up to me, this is definitely not my last Tour of Flanders’; Cervelo-Bigla cyclist struck by vehicle while riding from work; No Tour for Dumoulin, all focus on Giro; Van der Poel talks about possible transition to road; Andy Schleck named new chairman of Tour of Luxembourg; Amy’s Gran Fondo expanding for 2017; Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij taking Flanders prep in stride.
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Laurent Pichon (Fortuneo – Vital Concept) won the Route Adélie de Vitré in France in a reduced sprint ahead of Cyril Gautier (AG2R La Mondiale) and Julien Simon (Cofidis).
Ce n'est pas une photo d'archive mais bien une nouvelle victoire de Laurent Pichon. On va s'habituer aux fleurs ???????? pic.twitter.com/ciWvONfR9V
— FortuneoVitalConcept (@FortuneoVitalC) March 31, 2017
Early breaks tried to form but strong winds made the task difficult. Andrea Palini (Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec), Gatis Smukulis (Delco-Marseille Provence KTM) and Joeri Calleeuw (Roubaix-Lille Métropole) managed to get away for some time but did not have the firepower to stay away.
Pichon was part of a six-rider break that formed with 10km to go and still had 20 seconds on the peloton with 3km to go, and held off the chasing group long enough to contend for the win.
This is Pichon’s third win in March, along with the Classic Loire Atlantique and the opening stage of the Coppi e Bartali.
— Louis-Pierre Frileux (@LPFrileux) March 31, 2017
Fortuneo - Vital Concept
AG2R La Mondiale
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits