Mercan’Tour Classic Alpes Maritimes: Aurélien Paret-Peintre takes 2nd

Aurélien Paret-Peintre : « Pretty happy with my return to racing »

“I had not raced since Liège-Bastogne-Liège (April 25) and to be able to finish in second place on a difficult race like this one is pretty satisfying. I’m coming off an altitude training camp where we were able to pile on a lot of kilometers and climbing, and we could reconnoiter the course. Today, we raced really well as a team and that’s motivating for the future. Nevertheless, on the last climb, Guillaume Martin was able to take off alone and I was left playing for second place. Now it’s time to focus on the Critérium du Dauphiné on Sunday where I hope that my form will continue to improve.”

The number

3

We place three riders in the top-10 of the Mercan’Tour Classic Alpes Maritimes. Behind Aurélien Paret-Peintre in 2nd, we had Mathias Frank (5th) and Jaakko Hänninen (10th).

The news

Another day for Bouchard

Geoffrey Bouchard now has 136 points in the King of the Mountains classification at the Giro d’Italia. He was in the front group on the first climb of the day. On Wednesday he will wear the distinctive blue jersey for the eighth consecutive day.”We had apocalyptic conditions all day. I managed to get into the first breakaway with a lot of big names. I’m glad to have managed to take 40 more points. But there is still a long way till we get to Milan. The rest day is arriving just in time, but I will do my best to hang on.”