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“I am naturally very happy with this victory. The last time was over a year ago already. The team has worked very hard for me and they deserve this win."

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07.06.2015 @ 21:46 Posted by Emil Axelgaard

Danilo Napolitano has won the last stage in the Boucles de la Mayenne. The Italian beat Justin Jules and the winner of the first stage Andrea Pasqualon in a sprint. It was the third victory of the season for Wanty-Groupe Gobert.

“I am naturally very happy with this victory. The last time was over a year ago already. The team has worked very hard for me and they deserve this win. I was good in the Four-Days of Dunkirk (3rd in final stage) and in World Ports Classic (2nd in last stage and overall) but there was no victory yet. That I managed to win today makes me happy," the winner said proudly.


"I'm really happy," he told Directvelo. "The team had come here to get a result. It was the last chance to win a stage today. At the beginning the goal was to win the first stage, but in the end the road was quite narrow, especially in the last corner. I was in a too bad position to hope to win.


"Today the team worked hard in the finale to position me ideally. I turned in 3rd position. Plus I really felt good and the legs were there. Last year we had a good race but failed to take a stage win. This time we did it and maybe next year we can take the jersey."

After Fréderique Robert and Yannick Eijssen (because of a crash) had to abandon on Saturday, the team led by sports director Steven De Neef consisted of ony four riders: Jan Ghyselinck, Jérôme Baugnies, Tim De Troyer and Napolitano.

Even though there were only four riders left, they managed to work strongly as a team in the 176-kilometre long stage between Colombiers-du-Plessis and Laval.

“We played it really well as a team," Tim De Troyer commented. "The race got off to a flying start with an average speed of 47 km/h. After several unsuccesful breakaways, Jan (Ghyselinck) managed to get in a break. But Rusvelo and Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise closed the gap after 20 kilometres."

A next breakaway went clear without any Wanty-Groupe Gobert riders in it. Jan Ghyselinck led the chase together with Cofidis. They brought back the breakaway so the race ended in a bunch sprint.

“From two kilometres untill 500 metres to the line I rode with 'Napo' on my wheel. He then finished it off to perfection. Today was a great example of teamwork," De Troyer concludes.



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