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André Vendrame

" It's a really special feeling

"The aim was to be in the breakaway; I'd had this stage in my sights since the start of the Giro and we'd talked about it with the team managers over the last few days. I was in the early breakaway, so the objective was met, but we got caught. After that, I was able to emerge with a good group and I managed to control my effort throughout the day. With 30 kilometers to go, I attacked on the descent. It was a bit crazy, but I'm nicknamed "the Joker" for it. Arturas (Kasputis) in the car encouraged me and gave me the right information to take me to victory. We've won two stages here and we're still placed overall with Ben (O'Connor) fourth. Tomorrow, the race passes by the house, with today's victory, it's a really special feeling."

The news

Benoît Cosnefroy still leader of the Boucles de la Mayenne

An eventful first stage and sprint finish, with a fall in the last few metres taking our rider Pierre Gautherat to the ground. The medical check-up is reassuring, and he will race again tomorrow. Dorian Godon and Benoît Cosnefroy finished just outside the top 10, but the latter remains Boucles de la Mayenne leader.


The number

Like the team's second victory in this edition of the Giro d'Italia. A historic first, as the team has never achieved such a feat at the Giro.