Tour de l'Ain

Stage 1) Parc des Oiseaux - Bourg-en-Bresse

FR France Thursday 29 July 2021 141 km

Alvaro Hodeg blasts to victory at the Tour de l’Ain

Alvaro Hodeg blasts to victory at the Tour de l’Ain

Alvaro Hodeg became the 15th different Deceuninck – Quick-Step rider to notch up a win this year, getting the better of all his rivals on the opening day of the Tour de l’Ain, which travelled from Parc des Oiseaux to Bourg-en-Bresse, over 141 flat kilometers.

The Wolfpack was at the head of affairs Thursday afternoon as soon as the peloton exited the neutral zone, keeping the gap of the three escapees in check at all times before gradually increasing the tempo and reeling them in with around 16 kilometers to go. In the closing kilometers, our team remained at the front, drilling the pace for Alvaro Hodeg, who entered the finishing straight in third position, guided by two teammates.

In the final 150 meters of the stage, the 24-year-old came off the wheel of Jannik Steimle and unleashed a huge burst of speed, easily holding off Nacer Bouhanni (Arkea Samsic) and Bryan Coquard (B&B Hotels). For Hodeg, this was his 13th victory in the pro ranks, one which netted him the lead in both the general and points classifications of the French race.

“I want to thank the team, they were incredible and showed again that you never win alone, it happens because an incredible group of riders are committed and put in a huge effort for you. They controlled the stage, remained calm even when things became hectic, brought me in a perfect position under the flamme rouge and all I had to do was just sprint at the right moment and cap it off. I am so happy with this victory, one which I want to dedicate to my family and team, who have always been by my side”, said only the second Colombian rider in history to win a stage at the Tour de l’Ain.

 

Photo credit: ©Luc Claessen / Getty Images

Race details

1 Álvaro José Hodeg Chagüi
Deceuninck - Quick Step
3:04:57
2 Nacer Bouhanni
Team Arkéa Samsic
0:00
3 Bryan Coquard
0:00
4 Niccolò Bonifazio
Team TotalEnergies
0:00
5 Jason Tesson
St Michel - Auber93
0:00
6 Riccardo Minali
Intermarché - Wanty - Gobert Matériaux
0:00
7 Florian Vermeersch
Lotto Soudal
0:00
8 Emmanuel Morin
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
0:00
9 Clément Venturini
AG2R Citroën Team
0:00
10 Dries De Bondt
Alpecin-Fenix
0:00
12 Jannik Steimle
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:00
27 Andrea Bagioli
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:00
71 Stijn Steels
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:00
107 Shane Archbold
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:48
123 Ian Garrison
Deceuninck - Quick Step
8:19
1 Álvaro José Hodeg Chagüi
Deceuninck - Quick Step
3:04:47
2 Nacer Bouhanni
Team Arkéa Samsic
0:04
3 Bryan Coquard
0:06
4 Niccolò Bonifazio
Team TotalEnergies
0:10
5 Jason Tesson
St Michel - Auber93
0:10
6 Riccardo Minali
Intermarché - Wanty - Gobert Matériaux
0:10
7 Florian Vermeersch
Lotto Soudal
0:10
8 Emmanuel Morin
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
0:10
9 Clément Venturini
AG2R Citroën Team
0:10
10 Dries De Bondt
Alpecin-Fenix
0:10
12 Jannik Steimle
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:10
27 Andrea Bagioli
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:10
71 Stijn Steels
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:10
107 Shane Archbold
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:58
123 Ian Garrison
Deceuninck - Quick Step
8:29
1 Álvaro José Hodeg Chagüi
Deceuninck - Quick Step
25 pt
2 Nacer Bouhanni
Team Arkéa Samsic
20 pt
3 Bryan Coquard
16 pt
4 Niccolò Bonifazio
Team TotalEnergies
14 pt
5 Jason Tesson
St Michel - Auber93
12 pt
6 Riccardo Minali
Intermarché - Wanty - Gobert Matériaux
10 pt
7 Florian Vermeersch
Lotto Soudal
9 pt
8 Emmanuel Morin
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
8 pt
9 Clément Venturini
AG2R Citroën Team
7 pt
10 Dries De Bondt
Alpecin-Fenix
6 pt
12 Jannik Steimle
Deceuninck - Quick Step
4 pt
1 Alexander Tarlton
Germany
5 pt
2 Josu Etxeberria Azpilikueta
Caja Rural - Seguros RGA
3 pt
3 Antoine Duchesne
Groupama - FDJ
1 pt
1 Jason Tesson
St Michel - Auber93
3:04:57
2 Florian Vermeersch
Lotto Soudal
0:00
3 Clément Champoussin
AG2R Citroën Team
0:00
4 Gianmarco Garofoli
Team DSM
0:00
5 Mattias Skjelmose Jensen
Trek - Segafredo
0:00
6 Marco Brenner
Team DSM
0:00
7 Theo Delacroix
Intermarché - Wanty - Gobert Matériaux
0:00
8 Andrea Bagioli
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:00
9 Andreas Kron
Lotto Soudal
0:00
10 Quinn Simmons
Trek - Segafredo
0:00
38 Ian Garrison
Deceuninck - Quick Step
8:19
1 AG2R Citroën Team 9:14:51
2 Deceuninck - Quick Step 0:00
3 Intermarché - Wanty - Gobert Matériaux 0:00
4 Cofidis, Solutions Crédits 0:00
5 Team TotalEnergies 0:00
6 Groupama - FDJ 0:00
7 Trek - Segafredo 0:00
8 Lotto Soudal 0:00
9 Alpecin-Fenix 0:00
10 Array 0:00

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