Tinkoff-Saxo’s Manuele Boaro had to see the GC-lead slip away on the final day of Circuit de la Sarthe as he dropped his chain in both intermediate sprints of the stage 5 finale. After winning the queen stage yesterday, it was naturally a heavy blow for Boaro and the entire team who, according to DS Nicki Sørensen, had put in a dedicated effort throughout the race.
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The first part of the 178 kilometer long fourth and final stage of Circuit Sarthe from Abbaye de d’Epau to Le Lude was rather uneventful from CULT Energy Pro Cycling’s point of view. However, a series of attacks was launched along the way but it all came down to a bunch sprint where Nacer Bouhanni (Cofidis) once again proved superior.
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The final stage of the Circuit la Sarthe ended with the expected bunch sprint. There were also no surprises when it was Nacer Bouhanni (Cofidis) who crossed the line first ahead of Aleksei Tsatevich (Katusha) and Samuel Dumoulin (AG2R La Mondiale). The overall victory would go to Ramunas Navardauskas (Cannondale-Garmin) after he won the necessary bonus seconds to leap frog from 3rd to 1st.
Tinkoff-Saxo’s Manuele Boaro put in a powerful attack on the final ascent of stage 4 to take the win following a committed team effort. The punchy Italian now leads the general classification going into the final stage, where he looks to defend his lead.
A front group dominated the first part of today’s 190 kilometer long and hilly queen stage of Circuit Sarthe from Angers to Pre-en-Pail in France but the finale loop shattered the front group and eventually, the peloton exploded into bits and pieces when finally catching the escapees.
Circuit de la Sarthe got off to a fast start, as stage 1 finished in a sprint decision with Nacer Bouhanni taking the win. Tinkoff-Saxo, led by Michael Valgren and Manuele Boaro, focused on saving the power for Wednesday’s dual stage, where the team is eyeing possibilities in the intensive 6.8k afternoon time trial.