Tom took his first victory in argyle today during the 201.5km stage from Nevers to Belleville. After attacking on the final climb, Tom was joined by Team Sky rider Geraint Thomas for the final 10km mostly flat run in to the finish. Although two strong groups were going full gas in pursuit Tom and Geraint, they worked well together and stayed away to the finish. Tom opened the sprint first from 2nd wheel and beat Geraint for the stage win. Tom now sits in 3rd place overall behind Geraint who took the overall lead.
Tom emailed us from the finish with this update:
Really awesome to win a stage in PN. The legs were feeling good the days before, and we knew today would be a chance to make a good result. The boys worked so hard for me, and put me in a good position every time. So it was a real team victory today. I’m really happy to show this for the sponsors and I’m proud of the team. The little cow I got at the podium will make Milan happy hopefully… He’s always on my mind!
Team director Geert Von Bondt wrote:
The plan today was to ride aggressively from the start and cover breakaways. All of the guys did all a great job. We had some critical points with small roads and climbs before the important last climb. Everybody was there all day and they rode perfectly as a team, which makes it a great team victory. We knew the last climb at 15 km from the finish was on very small roads, so we had to be at the front because the descent stayed on small roads. Tom executed perfectly and attacked with a few hundred meters to go as he wanted to be the first at that point and descend first. We are very happy with the win and the teamwork it took all day to accomplish it.
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