While most attention was placed on today’s Ronde van Vlaanderen, MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung were also racing the Paris-Camembert. The race victor would be Julien Loubet (Marseille 13 KTM), the Frenchman just out sprinted countryman Pierrick Fedrigo (Bretagne Seche). Samuel Dumoulin (AG2R La Mondiale) was 3rd.
The race was animated by a 3 man early escape, Robert Foster (United Healthcare), Michael Carbel (Cult Energy) and Nicolas Baldo (Vorarlberg) were the aggressors. The trio built up a lead of just over 9 minutes before the inevitable chase ensued. The tough final 90km took its toll on the escape and they were caught with 25km to go.
In the closing kilometers a number of attacks went off the front and eventually 2 riders would make it stick. Loubet and Fedrigo would arrive at the finish just 9″ ahead of a select group which contained our Kristian Sbaragli. In the sprint for 3rd, Kristian would be 5th, giving him 7th place in the race overall. Another consistent result by the Italian speedster.
Kristian Sbaragli – Rider
The race in the final 35km was pretty hard with a few steep climbs. In the final we were around 25 riders in the front and 7 tried to escape. I was alone in the final so we could not chase and the group could only bring back 5 of the riders, the other 2 finished in front. In the sprint for 3rd place I went early and a few guys passed me just before the line.
Jens Zemke – Head of Performance
This is a really prestigious race for the French riders and we can be satisfied with another top ten from our young sprinter Kristian. He was leading the sprint until just 30 meters to go. Even though a podium spot was possible we are still content with the result and we know the result will come for Kris.