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Garner makes it Two from Two for Liv-Plantur at La Route de France

Lucy Garner (GBR) has sprinted to her first win of the season on stage 1 of La Route de France, a day after teammate Amy Pieters (NED) won the opening prologue.

Despite riding to protect the orange leader’s jersey on the stage, Team Liv-Plantur was able to set Garner up in position to sprint for the stage win, and after a photo-finish the stage was awarded to the young Brit. With Pieters finishing safely in the bunch she conserved her overall race lead.

Read the full race report here.

Lucy Garner (GBR)
“I’m really happy to have won today – it has been a hard few months with a lot of crashes for me but the team have always believed in me. The girls had trust that I could finish it off today and get the win.

“They worked hard for me in the final and then Amy finished it off perfectly by bringing me to the finish after fighting for position in the in the last kilometres.

“After Amy’s win yesterday it is nice to keep the win within the team today as well. It was close on the line, I thought I had it but then as we came over the line I wasn’t so sure. So I’m really happy to get the win.”

Hans Timmermans (NED)
“After a difficult spring season, this win is a nice reward for all of Lucy’s hard work in fighting back and training hard to get back into good shape.

“The stage itself was not that difficult and it was quite clear that it was going to be a bunch sprint. We helped control the race and then towards the end started to focus on the sprint preparation. The lead-out wasn’t perfect but Amy did a good job of putting Lucy into the right position at the end.

“From here Lucy finished it off perfectly. We couldn’t have asked for a better start to the race.”

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