Double shot for Riou
18 August 2018

The stage victory and the yellow jersey! It’s more than Alan Riou, the Breton of the France team, dared to hope. ” It is enormous ! appreciated the new leader of the Tour de l’Avenir, winner this Saturday of the 2nd stage in Chateaubriant. One step, yes, I could think about it, but the yellow jersey in the biggest race of the year for the hopes, I would never have believed at the beginning … »

Alan Riou, 21, had a very good run in the breakaway of nearly a hundred kilometers, long to emerge, but doomed to success when the three strikers (the Frenchman was accompanied by Dane Magnus Klaris and Norwegian Hakon Aalrust) had kept almost six minutes in advance (out of the seven they had counted at the maximum) at the entrance of the four laps (6 km) of the final circuit in Chateaubriant. For the peloton, it was already too late, even if the Italian Alberto Dainese who settled the pack for the 4th place raised his arms, probably believing that there was no one in front (the event takes place without the atria ) …

For the stage victory, Alan Riou felt confident about his two breakaway companions. “It was a perfect finish for me,” he said of the 600-meter false-flat. The other two wanted to play the sprint stage but it suited me. They let me lead 300 meters but it did not scare me. I gave everything from the last two hundred meters and until I saw the line under my wheel, I pressed. ”

Alan Riou, who occasionally signed his tenth win of the season, conceded of course that it was “the most beautiful of my career. ”

The contract is filled, savored Pierre-Yves Châtelon, the coach of the tricolor hopes. But the French team is determined to prolong the fun, while trying to promote his sprinter Damien Touzé for the next stages.

New leader of the Tour de l’Avenir, Alan Riou does not make any illusion as to his chances of winning the race following a Warren Barguil (2012) or David Gaudu (2016), the latest French and Bretons winners like him. “I’m not a climber and I know very well that from the first mountain stage (next Thursday), it will be too difficult to keep him …” he admits about the yellow jersey that the team of France is all likewise ready to defend. “We will implement a strategy, but we will already enjoy the moment to the maximum,” said Alan Riou, who thus crowns his amateur career since he is already guaranteed to begin with professionals next season in the team Fortunéo – Samsic.

The third stage, this Sunday, should not be too difficult to control, especially as the sprinters will want a rematch in Châteaudun, where expects nevertheless a ramp of 400 meters quite difficult for the finish. Before the team time trial, Monday in Orleans, where the French breakaway companions can count on the potential of the team of Denmark and Norway.

The three distinctive jerseys on the podium at Châteaubriant
The peloton that enters the refueling zone
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