It felt great after being so close on more than a few occasions recently to finally get my first victory of the season today. The hilly course in Savignac-Sur-Lede really suited me, I had good legs and I was adamant that I was not going to miss the winning move this week.
With around 30km to go I jumped across a small gap to reach a Yohan BENETON from team UC SARLAT who I knew was dangerous and like me was also looking to get away to avoid a sprint finish.
Once I caught him at the top of the climb and then recovered a bit, we worked well together and built up a good lead as the bunch squabbled on who was going to chase us.
By the last lap, I was fairly sure that I was stronger than my companion on the climbs and so on the last one I attacked early right at the bottom, managed to get clear and finished on my own.
Thanks to the organisers for a well run event and to everyone at Team CYCLO 4 Haut Agenais, including our sponsors Vitamont, Le Mariners, UltimumSport and Cabanes Perchées dans les Arbres for all your support and encouragement.
- Jason WHITEHEAD (TEAM CYCLO 4 Haut Agenais)
- Yohan BENETON (UC SARLAT)
- Claude DELZON (AC Grand Villeneuvois)
- Eric GOUL (ALVA CS)
- Gérard DUCASSE (AL Varés)
For me one of the hardest parts of the weekend was the interview at the end as it was conducted 100% in French! The interviewer did ask if I wanted to do it in English, but I think it is important for me to make an effort and the feedback I got afterwards was mostly good!
Photo Credits: Thanks to Marie at Cyclo4 and Mylène Daviaud for the photos and video.
Cyclo4 Also wins 2nd Category Race
I would also like to congratulate my teammate Fabrice GUIDON who managed to break away on the last lap and win the 2nd category race – his fourth victory of the season, means that he now moves back up to the premier class – well done!
Final Classement 2nd Category:
- Fabrice HANDLE (TEAM CYCLING Haut Agenais 4)
- Samuel PONTREAU (LCS Tonneins
- Serge DA COSTA (EC Sainte Bazeille)
- David CABANNE (UC Sarlat)
- Gérard LAGUIBAUD (CS Casteljaloux)
Final Classement 1st Category:
- Fabien MANFE (TEAM CYCLING ADDICTED AGEN)
- Yohan TRIMOULET (TEAM CYCLING ADDICTED AGEN)
- Romain BAZALGETTE (CASTELMAYRAN)
- Neal ASQUIE (TEAM CYCLING ADDICTED AGEN)
- Mathieu Dunouau (TEAM CYCLING ADDICTED AGEN)
- Christophe PEDRON (TEAM CYCLING ADDICTED AGEN)