Tour La Provence Stage 1: De Marchi Sixth23. February 2016, Cassis, France — Road Team
Alessandro De Marchi has finished sixth behind solo winner Thomas Voeckler (Direct Energie) in a tough opening stage of the Tour La Provence.
The 169km stage from Aubagne to Cassis featured eight climbs of varying difficulty before finishing with two laps of a circuit through Cassis and a steep climb to the finish line.
A six rider breakaway was eventually pulled back by the peloton, making way for Voeckler to attack with three kilometers to go.
De Marchi was with Amaël Moinard and Danilo Wyss in a chasing group that battled it out for second place.
It was an extremely tough day in the saddle said De Marchi.
“The whole stage was difficult, but especially in the final when we reached the circuit in Cassis. It was quite dangerous with a lot of difficult corners and everyone was attacking at every point. Amaël, Danilo and I tried to attack and be in a good position for the final part of the race,” De Marchi explained.
“The next two stages are supposed to be easier than today so we will continue to focus on the GC and see what we can do.”
Sports Director Yvon Ledanois praised the team’s performance today.
“The team did a really great job of protecting Alessandro and Amaël today in a very tough stage. They were really strong and I think we can do some good things in the next two stages with the GC and go for a sprint as well.”
De Marchi sits in sixth position in the General Classification heading into stage 2 tomorrow, 185km from Miramas to Istres.
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