Photo Credit: Elise Chauveau / Tour de l’Ain
After being set up well and protected by the team, Michael Storer attacked solo and triumphed over the climbs at the Tour de l’Ain for Team DSM today.
The final day of racing at the Tour de l’Ain saw the peloton take on the queen stage of the race, with around 2800 metres of climbing packed into 120 kilometres of racing. It was a fast start with multiple attacks at the head of the peloton before eventually a large group escaped, with all Team DSM riders in the peloton.
With some dangerous riders in the breakaway group, the team came to the front of the peloton and started pacing, looking to reel in the break. The group ahead splintered, leaving a now seven rider group out front, leading by 50 seconds with 35 kilometres to go. Tackling the penultimate climb of the day, and the last categorised one of the race, the team did a good job to keep Michael Storer safe before the pace increased at the front and the group thinned down as riders dropped one-by-one.
Approaching the top of the climb, the yellow jersey was dropped and Storer found himself in an elite group of six. Sensing a lull in pace, Storer launched a well timed attack over the top of the group, forging on clear at the front of the race alone. With the five chasers looking at each other, the Team DSM rider managed to build up a 20 second gap going onto the descent, an advantage he held starting the uncategorised climb to the line.
Riding a steady tempo for the final 12 kilometres of uphill, Storer continued to increase his lead over the chasers as they squabbled behind. Having enough time to sit up and celebrate, Storer raised his arms aloft, celebrating a well-earned win for the team; securing the GC victory at the same time too.
|1||STORER Michael||Team DSM||3:02:46||14|
|2||BAGIOLI Andrea||Deceuninck - Quick Step||0:43||5|
|3||SKJELMOSE JENSEN Mattias||Trek - Segafredo||,,||3|
|52||VANDENABEELE Henri||Team DSM||13:23||-|
|81||GALL Felix||Team DSM||21:29||-|
|98||STORK Florian||Team DSM||27:16||-|
|1007||BRENNER Marco||Team DSM||43:55||-|
|1||STORER Michael||Team DSM||9:13:09|
|2||VANHOUCKE Harm||Lotto Soudal||0:55|
|3||BADILATTI Matteo||Groupama - FDJ||1:01|
|48||VANDENABEELE Henri||Team DSM||15:23|
|91||GALL Felix||Team DSM||38:31|
|99||STORK Florian||Team DSM||45:20|
|1||STORER Michael||Team DSM||45|
|2||VANHOUCKE Harm||Lotto Soudal||30|
|3||ZIMMERMANN Georg||Intermarché - Wanty - Gobert Matériaux||25|
|1||BAGIOLI Andrea||Deceuninck - Quick Step||9:14:24|
|2||SKJELMOSE JENSEN Mattias||Trek - Segafredo||0:02|
|3||CHAMPOUSSIN Clément||AG2R Citroën Team||0:08|
|15||VANDENABEELE Henri||Team DSM||14:08|
|29||GALL Felix||Team DSM||37:16|
|1||STORER Michael||Team DSM||20|
|2||MONIQUET Sylvain||Lotto Soudal||15|
|3||GUGLIELMI Simon||Groupama - FDJ||13|
|2||Groupama - FDJ||0:02|
|5||B&B Hotels p/b KTM||13:34|
|6||Trek - Segafredo||13:44|
|7||AG2R Citroën Team||13:58|
|8||Gazprom - RusVelo||15:06|
|9||Team Arkéa Samsic||18:05|