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After a bonkers 2017 season for #w52, some foreign team had to take a chance on one of their chancers. After all, a 26-year old from the comic book *pt scene with no palmarès who suddenly challenges WT GC guys deserves a shot in greener pastures right?

Amaro Antunes wrote his claim in bold type last year and in February he donned one of the boldest jerseys in the peloton as #ccc's only rider from south of the Dunaj. To be fair, it's taken him a few months to adjust but he's building up steam now and, at the very least, CCC will surely be getting an invitation to the Volta.

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    Double coup for Henrik Evensen of #joker. He was the overnight leader in the Ronde de l'Oise but clearly fancied another stage win. Best result in a very patchy career so far for this 23-year old.

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    2017 - Wout Van Aert beats Dorian Godon. Top CXer beats #cofidis

    2018 - MVDP beats Boubou. Top CXer beats #cofidis.



    Amuseballs.

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    2017 - Wout Van Aert beats Dorian Godon. Top CXer beats #cofidis

    2018 - MVDP beats Boubou. Top CXer beats #cofidis.
    :lol

    I checked to see if this race finishes on one of the Limburg climbs. It doesn't.
    Yes, there is a bit of an uphill kick at the end, but it's only 25 altitude metres from the flamme rouge to the finish.

    Is Bouhanni past his zenith if he can't win a sprint against CXers who are at the same point in their seasons as a roadie is in February? :shh
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    Double coup for Henrik Evensen of #joker. He was the overnight leader in the Ronde de l'Oise but clearly fancied another stage win. Best result in a very patchy career so far for this 23-year old.

    It is unusual that he wins races, he is more the kind of rider to be on the winning team. He's a very tall guy and the windshadow behind him helped Kristoffer Halvorsen to win the U-23 worlds in Doha.
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    Sam Bennett  #bora wins the Rund Um Köln. Excellent 2nd for Mikhel Raim #academy. Marcel Kittel  #katusha finished down in fifth, which isn’t a particularly brilliant indication of Tour de France form. Apparently Bora went nuts on the small climbs, breaking up the race and dropping Kittel. He got back, but it took something out of him because when Bennett accelerated off his wheel and overtook him, he sat up as soon he knew he wasn’t winning.

    Highlights
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    And the result of that sprint:
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    Le Tour de Savoie Mont Blanc 21st - 24th June



    Stage 1 SAINT-MICHEL-DE-MAURIENNE > BONNEVAL-SUR-ARC (153KM)



    Stage 2 MODANE VALFRÉJUS > VALLOIRE GALIBIER (82.5KM)



    Stage 3 ORELLE > ORELLE TT (7.4KM)



    Stage 4 CHAMBÉRY > LES BELLEVILLE (189.1KM)



    Stage 5 BONNEVILLE > CLUSES (137.9KM)




    Competing teams:

    ANDRONI GIOCATTOLI – SIDERMEC (Torres and Rivera)
    FORTUNEO – SAMSIC (Bouet and Lunke)
    DIRECT ENERGIE (Hivert)
    VITAL CONCEPT (Bagot)
    MANZANA POSTOBON (Vilela, Duarte and Garcia)

    BENNELONG SWISSWELLNESS (Harper and Crome)
    FELBERMAYR SIMPLON WELS (Rabitsch and Zoidl)
    VORARLBERG SANTIC (Schelling)
    DEVELOPMENT TEAM SUNWEB (Hirschi)
    AMORE & VITA – PRODIR (Ficara and Stussi)
    BIKE AID (Holler and Kipkemboi)
    DIMENSION DATA FOR QHUBEKA (De Bod)

    SWISS CYCLING (Frankiny)

    LOTTO SOUDAL U23 (Vereecken and Goossens)
    CHAMBERY CYCLISME FORMATION (Geniets and APP)
    BOURG EN BRESSE AIN CYCLISME (Lafay)
    AVC AIX EN PROVENCE
    GSC BLAGNAC VELO SPORT 31 (Campistrous)
    CR BOURGOGNE / FRANCHE COMTE

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    I was thinking the other day, what is this Route d'Occitanie? And of course it is the Route du Sud, rebadged probably to acknowledge some governmental source of funding.

    And it's a pretty neat stage race, a romp around Cathar country with something for everyone except TT lovers and who cares about them?

    On Stage 1, we had a bunch gallop won by Bouhanni #cofidis which was remarkable only for the fact that he sprinted separately from teammate - and dare we say rival? - Laporte, who finished second ahead of Le Coq Fautif.

    Another lumpy day on Stage 2 ended with another sprint, this time won by pint-sized CXer Venturini of #ag2r. Boubou came second but in placing higher than Laporte (4th) he probably thought he had won on points, without really achieving a technical knockout.

    Stage 3 was a solid MTF and Valverde #movistar had clearly pencilled it in as the stage where he would remind us that he was back racing for the first time since his rather disappointing LBL, which left Navarro wondering just what it would take for him to finally get a win.

    As if Valverde hadn't done enough already, he decided to ride off on the final Stage 4 with frequent training buddy Sanchez #astana and rack up another memorable performance. Thankfully the peloton didn't give up and caught the pair within sight of the finish. Valverde still managed to finish second behind Roux of #fdj, who hadn't won anything since 2015.

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    Start list:

    https://www.directvelo.com/actualite/67071/tour-de-savoie-mont-blanc-les-partants

    A few changes from the provisional one. No Torres for Androni or Holler for Bike Aid from the names I highlighted above.
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    Finally a win for Fortuneo.

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    Lafay and Courteille had been part of the day's break. Zoidl caught them on the Telegraphe and they just about hung onto his coat tails for the rest of the climb, but the Austrian didn't like the sketchy descent afterwards and so was unable to contest for the stage win.



    He missed out the stage win as well in the day's second stage, but did enough to take over the leader's jersey from Bouet.



    Another tough stage today. It goes over very similar territory to stage 11 at this year's TdF.
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    Schelling had a bad first stage and hence why, despite his two stage wins, he's still only in 8th in the GC.

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