Etoile De Besseges: Sarreau Wins Stage 3
Marc Sarreau ( Groupama-FDJ ) won stage 3 of the Étoile de Bessèges, beating Christophe Laporte ( Cofidis ) and Mikel Aristi (Euskadi-Murias) to the line at the bunch sprint in Bessèges. Second for Laporte was enough to maintain his lead in the overall classification ahead of Bryan Coquard (Vital Concept-B&B; Hotels). The 25-year-old Sarreau launched his sprint early to surprise the rest of the peloton and crossed the line by a clear bike length. The result gave the Groupama-FDJ squad their first victory of the 2019 season. Super aggressive racing for much of the largely flat stage saw attacks come and go but a breakaway was unable to establish itself until the final 50 kilometres of racing. In the end, six men were able to get away from the peloton. They managed to establish a modest gap but the sprint teams were working hard behind them and it never ...
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