Matis Louvel wins alone in Castilla y León

First professional victory for this French Arkea-Samsic rider, which happens in the race record of the Italian Davide Cimolai.


The French rider from the Arkea-Samsic team made the day's break well to prevail alone at the finish line of Ponferrada (León) in the XXXV International Cycling Tour of Castilla y León ahead of Italian Stefano Oldani and Uruguayan Mauricio Moreira. The event has returned to the national calendar after a year of forced stoppage due to the pandemic and has been held in a single stage of 181.2 kilometers between León and Ponferrada, with the participation of 16 cycling teams (four UCI World Teams, seven UCI Pro Team and five UCI Continental) .

The victory came from a nine-man getaway formed around kilometer 50 of the route, whose members have managed to reach the final stage with options. Among them were the winner of the test Matis Louvel (Arkea Samsic), Pier Cote (Rally Cycling), Nickolas Zukowky (Rally Cycling), Matteo Jorgenson (Movistar Team), Juan A. López (Burgos-BH), Bram Welten ( Arkea Samsic), Thomas Amstrong (Electro Hyper Europe), Mauricio Moreira (Efapel) and Jakub Boucek (Israel Cycling) .

The nine reached the top of Foncebadón, second category and the main mountain level of the day, with 3 minutes and 40 seconds of advantage over the peloton, although the work of teams like Astana led to reduce the advantage to about two minutes. After the descent to Molinaseca, the escapees would maintain the differences with the peloton and "the kilometers, the terrain and the high temperatures were making a dent in the escapees" and the group was reduced to four runners. Behind, a chasing group formed with twelve other cyclists, among whom was Stefano Oldani (Lotto Soudal), who finally finished in second position.

An unexpected fall of Mauricio Moreira and Nickolas Zukowsky would leave Matis Louvel alone the possibility of leading the race and thus he opened the gap to stand alone at the Ponferrada finish line, which would mean the first professional victory for this French Arkea rider Samsic, who succeeds Italian Davide Cimolai, winner of the Vuelta in 2019. The second to cross the finish line would be Italian Stefano Oldani (Lotto Soudal), who would ultimately be the strongest rider in the chasing group, to be followed by the Efapel cyclist Mauricio Moreira, another survivor of the escape.

As for the best team in this XXXV International Cycling Tour of Castilla y León, it would go to the American Rally Cycling. The general of the mountain has been awarded by Nickolas Zukowsky, while the flying goals have gone to Antonio Angulo, from Caja Rural Seguros RGA. The best under-23 has been the winner of the Castilian-Leon round, Matis Louvel.

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