Beautiful race in a beautiful area of the world and one which I have been targeting all season, so it is beyond my dreams to have actually won today!
During the week, I scouted the course which really paid off today as I knew that there was a very tricky descent on narrow roads after the last and very hard 3km climb, with just over 7km to go from the end.
I went really hard all the way up the climb, but without attacking. At the top there were only about 5 of us left. I attacked on the decent, managed to get a small 50m gap, put my head down and time trialed to the end knowing/hoping that behind they would hesitate deciding who would chase, which thankfully they did.
I would like to thank UC Sarlat for putting on such a beautiful and well run race, all the marshals, out riders, back-up cars etc and thanks once again to Joel and Marie at Cyclo4 for all the help, back-up, after race cake and refreshments and the photos.
Also not forgetting the sponsors at Team CYCLO 4 Haut Agenais, Vitamont, Le Mariners restaurant in Villereal, who make the best “propper” pizzas (and I’m not just saying that as I had a chorizo and pepper there on Saturday and can honestly vouch for it!), UltimumSport, your energy gels really helped today and Cabanes Perchées dans les Arbres.
Official Results1st Category
- 9 TRIMOULET YOHAN M ACCRO VELO SPORTS NATURE
- 8 LEON ALEXANDRE M TEAM VOLKSWAGEN JEAN LAGARDE CULTURE
- 24 JACQUE CLEMENT M ASS CYCL. JARNAC AIGRE ROUILLAC
- 11 ASQUIE NEAL M ACCRO VELO SPORTS NATURE
- 20 DAVID SEBASTIEN M VELOCE CLUB TULLISTE
- 55 MOULENE VALENTIN M GOURDON CYCLISME
- 63 VILLENEUVE STEPHAN M VELOCE CLUB TULLISTE
- 66 LAJAMBE FLORIAN M VTT EVASION POURPRE
- 53 NICITA DAVID M A. C. CHEMIN LONG
- 105 WHITEHEAD JASON M CYCLO 4 HAUT AGENAIS
- 116 DALEME DIOGO M SPRINTER CLUB DU PERIGORD
- 112 PONS ERIC M UNION CYCLISTE SARLADAISE
- 102 FOUQUET PIERRE M UNION CYCLISTE SARLADAISE
- 113 DELZON CLAUDE M AMICALE CYCLISTE DU GRAND VILLENEUVOIS
- 212 BAUD EDDIE M UNION CYCLISTE SARLADAISE
- 209 BOUSQUET PIERRE M VELO CLUB FIGEACOIS
- 216 ALVES ALHO DAVID M SPRINTER CLUB DU PERIGORD
- 205 GUERIN ROLAND M GOURDON CYCLISME
- 218 LEMOSY CLAUDE M AMICALE CYCLISTE DU GRAND VILLENEUVOIS