Circuit de la Sarthe (final stage)
Conquense takes 9th to close a race full of ups and downs for the Movistar Team, with Dowsett’s TT victory followed by an unsuccessful leadership defense
The 62th Circuit de la Sarthe (UCI 2.HC) came to its end on Friday at La Ferté-Bernard (184km) as Lithuanian Ramunas Navardauskas (GRS) took overall honours. The four-day event had the usual Movistar Team spirit present, the Blues always looking forward to ride up-front wherever they show up. The telephone squad took three of their members -Lobato (14th), Jesús Herrada and Ventoso- into the main field behind the day’s escapees, from which Axel Domont (ALM) jumped in the finale to take a solo victory.
Herrada -9th overall; a good performance that confirms his great fitness after good placings in both Estella and La Rioja- was the Spanish team’s best performer after Alex Dowsett’s victory in Wednesday’s TT, their team-mates fighting brave to conserve a leader jersey the Brit had to give in after not keeping up the pace in the steep climbs of Avaloirs. The roster directed by José Luis Jaimerena will now head into northern France for the ‘Queen of Classics’, Paris-Roubaix, on Sunday.
Picture (c): Bernard Larvol / Circuit de la Sarthe