Vitoria native -four UCI wins-, Telefónica-backed squad navigate safely through lumpy final stage in Laval, take Abarca Sports organisation to 14 wins in the 2023 season.
It was a trouble-free ride for Oier Lazkano (Movistar Team) to secure on Sunday the Blues’ third overall success of the 2023. After GC wins obtained at the Saudi Tour (Ruben Guerreiro) and the Tour of Oman (Matteo Jorgenson), the Basque wore the yellow jersey of the Boucles de la Mayenne (UCI ProSeries) all the way to the end of Sunday’s stage three, following his splendid individual exhibition to Lassay-les-Châteaux on Friday.
Magnificent teamwork from Iván Romeo -affected by stomach problems before the race, which ultimately forced him to abandon on Saturday-, Mathias Norsgaard -4th in the prologue-, Imanol Erviti, Vinícius Rangel and Gonzalo Serrano -6th at Sunday’s bunch sprint- allowed the 38″ gap Lazkano started the last day to Laval (167km) with against second-placed Arnaud Démare (GFC) being more than enough to retain his jersey.
It’s now 14 victories claimed by Eusebio Unzué’s squads in 2023, 12 by a men’s outfit which ends the month of May with four more thanks to the quality of Rubio (Giro d’Italia), Norsgaard himself -he won the GP Herning (UCI 1.2) on gravel roads at his home country- and Lazkano, who now increases his promising palmarès to four UCI wins.