Nico Denz: "I thought there was one more lap!
"It was the type of day that I like with difficult conditions. I have been waiting for this victory for a while. I was not too far off a victory at the Giro d'Italia (2nd on the 10th stage), and now I finally got it in my last race of the season. I am proud to take this win today. I have shown that I can be consistent all season and that I was able to recover after my efforts at the World Championships. I didn’t raise my arms once I crossed the line because I was convinced there was another lap to go. And I’d like to dedicate this victory to Etienne Fabre and Aloïs Stöcklin, two people who were dear to me. " NICO DENZ
In the final general classification of the Coupe de France, Hugo Hofstetter won while Samuel Dumoulin finished second, and Silvan Dillier is 8th. The AG2R LA MONDIALE team also finished in second place, only seven points behind the Cofidis team.
This first professional victory for Nico Denz is also the 15th of the season for the AG2R LA MONDIALE team.
The other riders who have raised their arms in victory this year are:
Alexandre Geniez : Grand Prix de la Marseillaise Prologue and General Classification Tour de la Provence 12th stage of the Vuelta a Espana
Tony Gallopin : ITT and General Classification of the Etoiles de Bessèges 7th stage of the de la Vuelta a Espana
Romain Bardet : Faun Environnement - Classic de l'Ardèche Rhône Crussol Silvan Dillier : Route Adélie de Vitré
Clément Venturini : 2nd stage Route d’Occitanie
Pierre Latour : ITT Champion of France
Gediminas Bagdonas : Road and ITT Champion of Lithuania
Oliver Naesen : Bretagne Classic
Bardet 6th at Giro dell'Emilia
Romain Bardet took the 6th place at the Giro dell'Emilia. And since he is not yet fully recovered from his efforts at the World Championship in Innsbruck where he took 2nd place, he will not start the Gran Premio Bruno Beghelli tomorrow.