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Alicia González (3rd) continues in good form at Bourg-Saint-Andéol

3 September 2020
Imagen de la noticia ‛Alicia González (3rd) continues in good form at Bourg-Saint-Andéol’

Tour de l'Ardèche (st. 1)

Spaniard finishes only behind solo winner García (ALE) and French champion Cordon Ragot (TFS), into a selected fifteen-woman field with Paula Patiño (9th) and Eider Merino (11th).

There was a bigger selection that initially forecast during the inaugural stage of the 2020 Tour de l’Ardèche (UCI 2.1), held on Thursday over 90km from SaintMartin to Bourg-Saint-Andèol. The climb to Le Laoul (Cat-1), located less than 30 kilometers from the end, witnessed a winning attack from Mavi García (ALE), first leader of the French event.

The Mallorca native finished with 5″ over a pursuit group of 15 riders, also ahead of the peloton, where Alicia González, one of the most in-form Movistar Team riders in the last few weeks, took a great 3rd place, only behind French champion Audrey Cordon Ragot (TFS).

Merino, González and Patiño at the first ascent of a brutal Tour de l’Ardèche. (c) Velofocus

At that first echelon also finished Paula Patiño (9th) and Eider Merino (11th), one minute ahead of a main peloton led home by Barbara Guarischi (17ª), and also featuring Alba Teruel. Absent from that group, due to a crash near the end and suffering some minor blows and bruises, Lourdes Oyarbide was credited the same time as the second group.

Friday’s stage will be a brutal test in southern France, the 135km route from Saint-Georges-les-Bains to Font d’Urle featuring the ‘cols’ of Limouche (HC), La Bataille (Cat-1), la Machine (Cat-1) and La Chau (Cat-2) for over 3,300m vertical gain.

Cover picture (c): Velofocus

Male Team 03 - 09 Sep

Tour de l'Ardèche FRA

(1st Stage) Saint-Martin-d'Ardèche - Bourg-Saint-Andéol (90.3 km)
  1. 01 Mavi García Alé BTC Ljubljana 2h27'43"
  2. 02 Audrey Cordon Ragot Trek-Segafredo +5"
  3. 03 Alicia González Movistar Team "
  4. 09 Paula Patiño Movistar Team "
  5. 11 Eider Merino Movistar Team "
  6. 17 Barbara Guarischi Movistar Team +1'01"
  7. 27 Alba Teruel Movistar Team "
  8. 59 Lourdes Oyarbide Movistar Team "