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Pedersen stronger than Cosnefroy

ByRoborto Sykes

Oct 11, 2020

Another failure for Benoit Cosnefroy! Second in La Flèche Wallonne and third in the Flèche Brabant, the French rider finally hoped to win a first great classic, six days before his 25th birthday. But he still finished second, on Paris-Tours this Sunday, behind Casper Pedersen. The AG2R-La Mondiale rider, who was openly aiming for victory, nevertheless blasted the race by attacking 34 kilometers from the finish, in the Côte de la Vallée du Vau. Cosnefroy then passed without any problem the two survivors of the day’s breakaway, Elmar Reinders and Emiel Vermeulen (Evaldas Siskevicius, Sergio Marin, Petr Rikunov and Mikel Aristi were the other members of the group of six, which counted up to 3 ’30 ahead), and only Casper Pedersen and Rudy Molard managed to follow him.

Pedersen’s first victory in three years

Molard gave up fairly quickly, so it was a duo that drove hard for the last few kilometers and fought for victory. Pedersen started the sprint and Cosnefroy tried to run over it, to no avail. At 24, the Dane, eleventh in the ranking of the best youngster of the last Tour de France, offers himself his first victory for more than three years and his success on the 1st stage of the Tour of Denmark. Behind the duo, we find a teammate of Pedersen, the Dutchman Joris Nieuwenhus, who was a member of the group of pursuers with Valentin Madouas, Warren Barguil, Petr Vakoc, Romain Bardet and August Jensen. There are therefore five French in the Top 10, but none has succeeded to Frédéric Guesdon, winner in 2006.

Final classification (213km) – Sunday 11 October 2020
1- Casper Pedersen (DAN / Sunweb) in 4h51’44
2- Benoit Cosnefroy (FRA / AG2R-La Mondiale) mt
3- Joris Nieuwenhuis (PBS / Sunweb) at 30 “
4- Valentin Madouas (FRA / Groupama-FDJ) at 30 “
5- Warren Barguil (FRA / Arkéa-Samsic) at 30 “