The first stage of this year’s Tour Alsace was won by Maxim Pokidov of the Russian team Itera-Katusha. The flat stage began at the Ecomusee and finished with a ten lap circuit of nearby Sausheim on the outskirts of Mulhouse.
Pokidov was part of a group of eight riders which formed around an hour into the race and built up a substantial lead of 4 minutes over the peloton, which was then reduced to just over a minute at the finish. Anthony Perez (Team Aix-en-Provence) took second place and was followed over the line by Nicolas David (Team Brest Iroise). The highest placed Swiss rider was Dominic Fuchs of EKZ Racing Team who came seventh.
Stage 2 tomorrow is a hillier affair of 157.6 km from Mulhouse to Huningue, with a 40 km flat section at the end which promises to be a treat for the sprinters. I’ve got my eye on rising star Caleb Ewan (Australia U23) who came in ninth today, just behind the leading group.
Full results can be found here.
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