Alpes Isère Tour – Et. 1: Reactions – News

Noah Hobbs (Groupama-FDJ Continental) won, this Wednesday, the first stage of the Alpes Isère Tour (2.2), contested around Charvieu-Chavagneux over a distance of 127.6 km, (see the ranking).
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Portrait of Oscar CHAMBERLAIN


“I was in the breakaway in the last 15 kilometers. We were a group of four, we took over the two guys from Bardiani (Federico Biagini and Filipo Magli, Editor’s note). We started working well together. We managed to stay ahead until 200 meters from the finish. Then the peloton returned and the guy from Groupama-FDJ (Noah Hobbs, Editor’s note) passed me. Then I started my sprint and got 3rd place.

It’s not bad knowing that I’m coming back from a fall during the Paris-Roubaix recce, even if it could have been better. Initially, my goal was to protect my leaders for the general classification and perhaps to compete in the sprint with one of my teammates. I tested my legs. My mission will be the same over the next few days, to stay at the front and play my card from time to time.”

Portrait of Giosue’ EPIS


“The final was very fast because it was slightly downhill. I tried to be in a good position to be in the first part of the peloton but I lost places in the last corner. I overtook runners in the sprint but finished 6th. For my recovery after a break of more than a month, it’s good. I had good legs. I was the designated runner to sprint. My teammates did a really good job for me. The first four stages of the Alpes Isère Tour suit me and I hope to win one of them.”

Portrait of Clément LE BOETEZ


“A breakaway came out on the last climber, then there was a war to get back. I was in a bad position so I really managed to get back on track in the last kilometer. I knew the end, I had to be well placed at the last corner. I have to turn 6 or 7 and I keep my place. This is a pretty good result. It’s my best result in Class 2, against pros, so it’s good for an amateur rider. Especially on the Alpes Isère Tour. The headquarters is 300 meters away, as we recognized last week.

I was protected for the sprint, I was the only sprinter. The team helped me a lot all day and it’s a good result at the end. It was almost certain that we were going to make it to the sprint, it was the one I had checked off. The other stages will be difficult but it’s more for punchers, it’s good for our profile. I will put myself at the service of those who climb well. On the third I can maybe get by but tomorrow it’s going to be very hard, they’re big walls.”

Portrait of Arne BAERS

Best climber

“That wasn’t the plan at first. I was in a good position to take the climber’s points. I said to myself “you’re going all out”. And so, I took them. Then, obviously, it came back. And then on the next climb the situation presented itself again. I got into the same dynamic and took the points again. I made sure in this way to take this jersey.

Tomorrow is another day. I’m really not sure I would defend it. If I am well placed, I will do the same thing as today, but I prefer to try to win a stage. The team is very strong. Jarno (Widar) and Milan (Donie) are the leaders. Playing for the general classification with them is the main objective of our team. I had a good start to the season, I started at the Circuit des Ardennes but it was difficult because I was coming off an entire season of cyclo-cross, I didn’t have much rest. Then it got better and better every week. The last few weeks I have been feeling really good so I hope to find good form this week.

My big goal is the Baby Giro, it’s the main goal of my season so I hope to go there in great shape. Next week I will do the Mercan’Tour with the ProTeam. It will be a great experience. I think I’m a puncher-climber, I have punch and a good small group sprint. I climb well, but maybe not on the big passes. Mostly on climbs of 10-12 kilometers, I can manage. And I’m capable of being the fastest in a small group so I’m perhaps more of a puncher, and a little climber, in short.




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